Marc Jacobs Multipocket Bag

This is a handbag that I’ve been trying to find online in order to write about it for a while now, and finding it at Nordstrom made me realize that their online collection of designer goods is oft-overlooked, which it shouldn’t be. They had a lot of stuff that I didn’t even realize! So at least click through to check it out, because it might be a good place for you to find something that you’re looking for that is sold out at the Neiman Marcuses and Saks Fifth Avenues of the world. I don’t hear it mentioned nearly as much, and although the list of designers is shorter, they had a lot of the big ones.

Now, on to the bag at hand!

This is a basic design that we’re all familiar with – the Marc Jacobs Multipocket Bag. One strap, four outside pockets with Jacobs’ signature buckles, and not much else. Simple, clean, easy to wear. But there are two things in particular that make THIS bag a little more interesting to me.

First, for several years now, Marc Jacobs has relied on solely gold hardware for his signature bags. No matter the color of leather, the hardware was gold. I’m not an overwhelming fan of gold, although it has grown on me significantly, and this bag marks his first departure from the signature gold hardware in quite a while. Instead, what we have here is a super-shiny polished silver that gives the bag enough visual interest to make it a bit different.

Second, the color combined with the patent is very unique and really beautiful. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the color is actually a medium steel grey (calling this ‘taupe’ is misleading – there’s no brown in it in real life), and as much as I fawn and drool and pontificate over the merits of grey bags, I can’t ever remember seeing a glossy grey patent – and this patent is so glossy and smooth that it looks almost like liquid.

Between the hardware and the patent, the bag does a great job of marrying simplicity and glamor, and it’s made me take a new look at a bag that can sometimes get a tad…boring. Buy through Nordstrom for $1,150.

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