Nothing strikes fear into my heart like light-colored suede, and as a result, the Marni Large Suede Satchel has me wanting to hide in the closet. Or better yet, build it some sort of giant hamster wheel so that I can roll this beautiful bag around town with me without endangering the lovely dove grey suede. Beyond that, I don’t think there’s any way to protect this beauty from the ravages of everyday life.

I’m not exactly easy on my bags; I believe that they’re functional objects that are meant to be used, and if you wear one out, that’s nothing more than a great reason to get a new one. I sit my bags on the floor in restaurants when there’s not an extra chair and don’t have a second thought about it. But Marni? Marni is making me have second thoughts and wonder if I could change my ways.

In reality, this bag would probably last about a week and a half in my care, which is why I have no suede bags at all, let alone ones this light and lovely. If you’re somewhat more careful and detail-oriented than I am, though, this understated, casual stunner is a great way to avoid designer fatigue and carry someone about which everyone will wonder. Marni proves itself again and again as a great source for off-kilter cool, and its bags are particularly great this season. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1470.

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  • Kat

    I feel exactly the same way about this bag. I think it’s gorgeous, but even if i had all the money in the world, I wouldn’t buy this baby. I’d be too paranoid to take it out. And while I’m careful about my bags, light suede is just a red wine spill waiting to happen.

  • mochababe73

    Beautiful to look at if it’s light colored suede, and that’s about it.
    I am hard on my bags. I don’t have the time, desire, or inclination to baby them. It’s just not happening. Too bad.

  • PhotoGirl

    Beautiful, but not for me. I have two white leather bags that I no longer carry because I’m terrified that I’m going to ruin them. Lesson learned.

    • CL

      i agree, white bags have dirt written all over them for some reason! (ipad)

  • thatgirl

    love marni. so cute

  • Kanika

    awww so cutee. This some how remids me of the Burberry trench. Lol , a dove trench bag…drooool!!

  • 19yearslater

    I treat my bags well but don’t baby them, I pretty much use them the same way you described, Amanda. This bag would die a quick death in my care.

  • Vitta

    Oh boy! I wish this precious Marni bag was included into the Fantasy Gift Guide 2010 last week. The one that featured Rolls Royce Ghost ($225,000), Krug 1995 Clos Ambonnay Brut Champagne ($3500), Cartier Panthere Bracelet, and Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster. Then I could have gotten it for Christmas! Now it’s too late…

  • Mariah

    I’m careful with my bags. The mere thought of putting my bag on the floor makes me cringe. And I don’t even have designer bags :)
    But I wouldn’t carry a white suede bag either – no matter how careful you are,there’s no way to keep it perfectly clean.

  • Diana

    Love it, but keep in mind even with all of the avoiding the floor, snow, rain, sun, etc. you still need to contend with denim. I had a great medium grey hobo that I used everyday as my go to commute tote but my jeans ruined the back (didn’t really bother me with that bag, but this one…I would cry if the same thing happened).

  • CL

    this is a nice doctor-ish style handbag, but too structure for my taste. and this color… oh the things i could accidentally spill on it! (ipad)

  • Hanh N

    cute bag!!! (ipad)

  • Smith

    a little bit of me dies every time i have to set one of my bags on the floor (ipad)

  • Deb

    Oh beautiful darling delicate bag, how you will never make it to my collection because you will be the dirtiest baby after a date smudging onto my jeans…. Great for display and temporary tactile stimulus though! =D (ipad)

  • Chells

    I do own white bags, but none are suede. White suede is beautiful to look at, but doesn’t mix well with kids. (ipad)

  • wendy

    I can’t do white bags or suede bags. Suede AND white seems like a disastrous combination (for me!) (ipad)

  • DTKC

    Beautiful bag. Can’t wear it everyday but would be wonderful to pull out once in awhile to wow everyone, just like what I do with my White Chanel. (ipad)

  • Lola

    This would never make it out of the house, if I owned it! I can’t afford to spend worrying about dirtying my bag while I’m out (ipad)

  • Miriam

    I would have to pick it up with white gloves and place it in a clear plastic bag before going out (ipad)

  • Ivana

    I hate suede but the bag is gorgeous (ipad)

  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    There is a Marni location right in front of where I take the express bus, I hadn’t seen this bag! LUVsies! Suede OTK boots are my faves, and this bag would go well with my collection of Suede OTK boots! If me cant HAVEeeeEEE then I’ll take an (ipad) instead! ;)

  • Kellisa

    Gorgeous bag. I would never ever be able to keep a white bag in good condition! (ipad)

  • Nadia Segers

    so gorgeous! ♥

  • Sonya

    extra cute bag. I would brave the color just to carry it. (ipad)

  • Claire

    This bag is fab, but entirely unpractical. A bag for sitting on the shelf and admiring maybe! (ipad)

  • Julie

    Yep, this is definitely a bag that would never see the light of day at my house! Beautiful, but hardly practical! (iPad)

  • Jennifer Wallis

    I love the bag- simple and classic. (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    That is a gorgeous bag. (ipad)

  • Patricia

    I love this bag too. Functionable yet Stylish. (ipad)

  • mrsmere66

    I would take this bag in a minute if I could figure out how to keep it clean I love the style, the lines, the way it just screams luxury. (ipad)

  • Shana

    I agree with Mrs. Mere, but to me, that bag is also screaming out for dirt and stains … I’m too much of a klutz for grey suede (iPad)

  • Jigsaw

    I saw this marni on net-a-porter a few days ago and I fell in love with it! I`m thinking about purchasing it (ipad)

  • Lara

    Gorgeous bag but a bag this light just isn’t practical. (ipad)

  • Limey

    it’s a nice “go to work” bag… I wouldn’t mind owning one =) (ipad)

  • greenpixie

    This is gorgeous, but even if I was super careful, I live in jeans. The color transfer would kill me. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I would love it in another color. (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    I am a huge fan of Marni ipad

  • Barb

    There are white bags, delicate and high maintenance, and then there are white suede bags. White suede seems impossible to keep clean and spot free. Not for me…Ipad

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Feel like I’d need to keep this in a clear plastic bag! (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    I love the color contrast but would be so afraid of carrying white (barely carry my Goldenbleu or Celine because of that!) (ipad)

  • Lianne

    Grey suede? I wouldn’t even want to *breathe* on it. It’s beautiful, but completely impractical, even if you carry one of those weighted table hooks for hanging a purse from.

    Especially right now when there’s always the risk of bumping into a car, or the like, covered with road salt and dirt. (ipad)

  • swtcadence

    I don’t mind white bags if they’re really small. But this looks like a decent size. I would be very afraid of throwing it around. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Not loving this one, especially for that price tag. (ipad)

  • kmroboto

    just looking at this bag is giving me a panic attack. i could never own a white bag like this! (ipad)

  • patricia treml

    I like the bag, but the whiteness… But I am guilty of getting a good use out of my handbags. And this one wouldn’t last me very long. (ipad)

  • Raventress

    this is suede??!! I am sure not only you but 99% of us wouldn’t be able to keep it spotless over 2 weeks. (ipad)

  • Christy

    I think it would look better with different hardware and maybe removing the strap. (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    wife would love it in another color. (ipad)

  • Sue E

    i live for this bag..(ipad)





  • ariancita

    White suede is a comedy of errors waiting to happen in my hands. No way. Even if I just took it out a few times and was careful. I mean, I can’t even where a white shirt because that will be the one time I miss my mouth with my spoon. Very pretty though. (ipad)

  • ariancita

    *wear not “where”

  • Ellen

    I absolutely love the look of this bag, but I agree that the suede is not worth it because a single spot would ruin the look. (ipad)

  • Wendy

    It is gorgeous, but much like the gorgeous cream colored suede jacket I tried on yesterday, I’d have to pass. (ipad)

  • prettybird

    I like the shape and design, but suede is definitely a bad idea. (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    White suede? Who could think this was a good idea? (ipad)

  • Rae

    This is okay, but noooo white fo me! (iPad)

  • Pearl

    Great site, great blogs, great comp! (ipad)

  • Kasey

    It is quite beautiful, but having to baby it so carefully would take all the fun out of having it. (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    love this! but it would be brown by the time i was done with it… “functional objects” for me too. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    oh boy..
    the never ending dilemma shade for every woman..
    i can deal with white on patent leather..
    that’s how i play safe..
    but white on suede? screams “swim-awayyy!!” to me! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    having said all that, i have to say this is the first time i’m seeing white with ‘bronze-copper-ish’ hardware tone..

  • Jelita78

    having said all that, i have to say this is the first time i’m seeing white with ‘bronze-copper-ish’ hardware tone.. (ipad)

  • Mash

    Oh my love! Come to mamma..(ipad)

  • Christine Smith

    OMG – I love this but my middle name is Pig-Pen. If I left it sitting in a display case it would get marked (iPad)

  • Cindy

    Way too much babying required. I give it the thumbs down. (ipad)

  • felicia

    i couldn’t imagine how paranoid i am if i’m the owner of this bag, so i would say no, thumbs down (ipad)

  • Kelly

    Suede + me = disaster. I never buy anything suede…especially shoes…no matter how good it looks because it will be ruined within a week! Bag in bright white suede?? Can’t even imagine! (iPad)

  • Kate

    It’s a very pretty bag but I could never carry it, it would be a mess!! (iPad)

  • mary nguyen

    yummy… I wants! Does it come in any other color besides white? (iPad)

  • jillybean307

    A little too plain for my tastes. (ipad)

  • helen

    Ah suede. Wouldn’t have known that just by looking at it. (ipad)

  • Heidi

    This is just okay for me…not big on white bags anyway. (ipad)