When you’re a major bag fan, you start to pic up on the subtle idiosyncrasies of major designers – the way that they attach handles, the types and colors of hardware that they tend to use, the shape of their corners and finish of their leathers. All of those things form subtle trademarks for a brand over time, and the more bags you look at, the more you instinctually search for those markers in every design.

And that’s what strikes me as strange about the Marc Jacobs Luisa Shoulder Bag. When I saw it without any name attached, I thought that perhaps it was Oscar de la Renta or maybe even one of Lanvin’s more streamlined pieces, but it’s not. Instead, the bag is from Marc Jacobs, the reality of which still surprises me. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

I’ve sensed a bit of consumer fatigue with many of Marc Jacobs’ bags over the past few seasons; the runway bags are too weird and the non-runway bags are too expected. While there surely exist customers who prefer the bags on both ends of that spectrum, it seems as though most high-end bag lovers want something that occupies the middle space – unique, but not so eccentric that the design self-prohibits regular use.

In the context of Marc Jacobs accessories, this design hits exactly that middle ground. I would have made a few adjustments for my own sanity, one of them being the addition of a leather strip at the top of the chain (or alternately, a double chain handle) to aid in ease of use, and another being the substitution of real python for the embossed leather, particularly at this price point. Those issues are minor when considered from an aesthetic standpoint, though, and this bag makes me interested to see where Jacobs’ accessories are headed for fall. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1995.

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  • Eva Knox

    Isn`t that what makes Marc so unique? :)


  • edoardo

    I agree with Eva.

    I like Jaocbs because I can’t ever guess what he thinks and makes!


  • ingrid

    my first guess would’ve been Fendi.. an offshoot of their F3 secret code bag. but it’s cute and looks summery! perfect paired with a white summer dress!

  • papertiger

    I’ll stick with my Blake thanks M

  • Maura

    That bag looks like it is smiling!

  • ninjaninja

    Damn, it looks so grown up for MJ.

  • mochababe73

    The color is ugly. And you’re right, at this price point, it should be python.
    Also, I think that Marc Jacobs line is for the person who wants a bag like this. It’s not a real surprise.
    The Marc by Marc Jacobs line, to me, is more for those of us who love his quirky sense of style. Fun shapes, colors, and materials.

  • 19yearslater

    I would not have guessed this was MJ. I don’t like it as well as most of his stuff, and I’m with mochababe73 on loving quirky MBMJ.

  • XXAL

    not sure how im feeling about this but very interested in seeing what he has for us next!

  • bentos

    could not have thought of what brand of bag this is made of, but when you say it’s marc jacobs, it makes me say wow. this bag looks great. the leather, the color combination, the shape, the design and the size is absolutely fabulous. it looks chic, and beautiful young women with simple light color dresses will best suit this bag.

  • Joyce

    Come on Marc, where’s the python!

  • Aldina

    I’m not a fan of this bag. But I like the random changes…keeps the brand interesting.


  • AW

    Sadly I’m not a fan of this bag or of the price point. It looks like a bad knockoff of Chanel with a weird blob at the front.

  • Dylan

    It looks like a McQueen Heroine shoulder bag…