As much as I might personally enjoy rhinestones and brights and multicolor bags and any other kind of handbag design chicanery of which you can think, I realize that not all people can or will use bags with such loud personalities. For those of you with real jobs who actually have to go to an office everyday (or those of you who simply prefer neutral bags in simple shapes), the Marni Quilted Leather Tote would like to speak with you for a moment.

Marni’s handbags have been long-underrated among accessories enthusiasts, and their clean, functional shapes and mostly neutral colors deserve far more attention than they get. My favorite thing about Marni, of course, is that among all that neutral functionality, there’s always a couple of off-kilter twists waiting for those who care to pay attention.

The signature Marni touches come by way of the tonal webbing that trims the borders of this bag, as well as the abundant cotton ribbon at the front pocket. Marni’s design flourishes tend to be quite taste-specific and will likely turn off a good chunk of potential buyers, but I quite like the fact that the brand juxtaposed those sporty finishes with the ultra luxurious quilted black leather. If it weren’t for things like that, this wouldn’t be a Marni bag at all. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1330.

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  • edoardo

    Realy ncie, the matellassè appears too similar with the Lanvin one…but the bag is nice, ven if it’s a bit “impersonal”.

  • Mochababe73

    It’s a cute bag. I wish that it come in other colors. I am just not a black handbag person, and the ribbon looks a little sad.

  • Jess

    I’m not sure I like the ribbon, but the leather looks supersoft. I don’t think I would spend the money for this purse though.

  • kemilia

    While it’s a nice bag, the ribbon would not work for me, looks like those ribbon things that are on sweaters so they don’t fall off hangers.

  • Lucinda

    It looks like a pretty boring bag to me, if I saw it on someone in the street I wouldn’t think for a second this was a designer bag, and I agree the bow looks very sad.

  • LDJ

    It was cute until I clicked on this post and saw the bigger pic. Nah, this purse looks average. As if I could get this from Payless, Target, or a street vendor. I would pass on this one.

  • Joyce

    I am undecided on this bag; I’m sure the leather is lucious, but the design is not for me and looks pretty blah.

  • 19yearslater

    I like the bow. Without it the bag would seem a bit more blah.

  • louch

    The ribbon puts me off – looks like an afterthought. Reminds me a lot of Chanel quilting.

  • Aldina

    I love this bag! Wish they had one in white for spring :)


  • swati

    The ribbon shifts the whole look – from subtle to shabby. Though even without it, i don’t like it all that much.