By now, most of you have probably seen some version of the Marc Jacobs Coated Leather MJ Satchel in person, and if you have, you know exactly what I mean when I say that it doesn’t remind me of any designer back I’ve seen in the last few years, and maybe ever. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but I always appreciate innovation.

The most striking thing about this bag when you see it in person is how perfectly smooth the leather is; in fact, I didn’t really believe it was leather when I first picked up one of these. But it is, just super slick and without any sign of grain or natural imperfection. Whether or not you’ll like that depends on your personal style, I suppose. Personally, I find this bag and the materials used to make it absolutely fascinating; I merely wish it came in a black and grey version.

Upon touching this bag, the first thing that you notice is that it’s very, very stiff. The inflexibility helps out with the traditional look and structure of the bag, and it allows the leather’s shine to, well, shine. The coating on the bag isn’t as shiny as patent, but it still gives the bag a flawless, almost fake quality. And I mean that in a generally positive way; up close, the leather is unlike basically anything else I’ve seen on a bag lately.

With thick, structured leather comes heft, though, which is probably the main downside of this satchel. Marc Jacobs bags always tend to be heavy, and this one is no exception, although I don’t think the weight is prohibitive. If you want a bag that will sag with age, this one isn’t it, but the space-age material gives this traditional satchel a thoroughly modern edge. Buy through BlueFly for $1196.

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  • edoardo

    Unfortunately I’ve not still seen this bag but I absolutely want to watch it in person :) I agree taht it isn’t similar with any other designer bag but I don’t like this bag. It’s too much old and the color are “ugly”..

  • 19yearslater

    I’d rather just have a patent leather bag. This is too old time doctor for me.

  • Staci

    Amanda, doesn’t it remind you of a piece of chocolate? It’s so smooth and rich. It’s hard to believe it’s leather.

    • That’s actually a very apt comparison, particularly with the brown version! The surface is so smooth and flawless that it does remind me of really fine chocolate. I don’t know how Marc came across this material, but I hope he continues to incorporate it into the line, it’s very cool.

    • Stylista

      Wow, you’re right! It does look like chocolate! But that makes it all the yummier and desirable. I love this. A good alternative to patent leather, which can sometimes have the risk of looking tacky.

  • Kris

    I love color..I dont mind this color at all. It is very interesting to see that Marc Jacob comes out this new fine chocolate leather material…not sure it has red or not..I would like to get a red one. Thanks for sharing, Amanda

  • mochababe73

    The fact that it looks fake is a turn off for me. And, it definitely looks heavy. I have bought several Marc Jacobs bags, and they are definitely heavy.
    As much as I love Marc, I don’t like this bag. I think that it’s the animal embossed strap that looks out of place.

  • Kat

    It does look like a piece of chocolate! I like the overall look of the bag, and the fact that it has a detachable shoulder strap is a plus. But I’m still on the fence about the shine. The fact that it looks slightly like plastic is off-putting me.

  • Dd

    Can’t wait to buy it. Love Marc Jacob. He truly is brilliant.

  • EvaKnox

    I love it so much that I`d pay the full price for it boom just like that!

  • Cathy

    It reminds me of automotive leather. It should last forever.

  • Jimmy

    I’ve seen the bag in person and felt the leather. I don’t really find the material enchanting at all. It is leather, but leather that has been so called “grain corrected” to conceal any imperfections. (Foundation, lol)

    So basically it’s just leather (which wasn’t good enough for full-grain use) with a layer of plastic over.

  • rainrowan

    Isn’t this pressed leather? I remember it being called aniline leather. This type of leather was prevalent in accessories (wallets) in the past.

  • Nicole

    I love this bag! I want to see what other colors it comes in. Marc Jacobs is totally innovative and ahead of the curve.


  • Maggie

    don’t like it. The material looks too stiff and plastic-y… (ipad)

  • Jennifer

    I’d have to see this IRL but based on the photo I’m not optimistic. (Call me biased, but the Stam is my bag, so my bar is set pretty high!) I enjoy seeing MJ’s new styles and designs, though. (ipad)

  • felicia

    i don’t really fancy this…it looks cheap judging from the picture..(ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    The color is so yummy! (ipad)

  • Smith

    if marc jacobs asked me to be a surrogate mother, i’d say yes without a second thought. this is one of the few MJ pieces i’ve seen that i actually would pass up! (ipad)

  • cl

    i think this bag is actually verrrry nice! Love the different ways you can wear it too (ipad)

  • Evie

    I just bought this bag online but not in this color. It’s gonna be Anthracite – somewhat rock black. I am anticipating. I showed the picture to some of my friends. Some didn’t like it at all.. only my brother thinks it’s spectacular. Now I am not sure if i spent my money wisely. I always wanted chloe paraty.. maybe should have bought that instead?

  • Ellen

    I love the look of this bag; the weight and “fake” quality of the bag are unfortunate. (ipad)

  • Sherry

    clever (ipad)

  • Sherry

    innovative (ipad)

  • Isabel

    innovative? more like way old school (ipad)

  • Lola

    Suddenly I have a craving for chocolate. ;) MJ’s work always grows on me, I never love it right off the bat! (ipad)

  • Val

    I don’t like the look of this one. It reminds me too much of one of my daughter’s toy purses. (iPad)

  • Tiffany

    Ugh O_O (ipad)

  • Sabrina

    Ya know what, I love it.. I would totally buy it if I had the funds available! :P (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    staci is right!
    i am imagining one of those rich chocolate / toffee with caramel filling..
    darnn this makes me hungry! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    having said that, it does sort of look like and old-time-doctors-bag..
    something from the TODS vintage collection, perhaps.. (ipad)

  • Jen

    I’d like it in a different color (ipad)

  • JJ

    I’ve seen this bag in person and other bags made from the same type of leather. Altho I really wasn’t crazy about them from the pics I had seen, once I saw them in person and felt the leather, I did a 180 degree turnaround! I LOVE the leather on these bags, altho not a big fan of this particular style. I prefer the Gene, which is a smaller bag with a flap and chain strap – now there’s a perfect bag!! (iPad)

  • helen

    Looks like a busy bag. I prefer simple. (ipad)

  • Sherriann

    I could definitely see myself carrying this bag to work (ipad)

  • Janet

    This bag is absolutely gorgeous…so i bought it – the green/grey with ivory top handles. I think Marc Jacobs is brilliant and that his designs are great!

  • AW

    I’ve never been a fan of the shiny and sadly, this doesn’t change my mind. The color is so -so and although i like the squashed vertical style, it’s not for me