It’s an odd feeling to look at a picture of the Miu Miu Patent Ruffle Bag and get a strong sense that you’ve seen the bag (or one like it) somewhere before. Surely a black patent satchel with girlish leather ruffles in pink and purple has to have its own unique place in the luxury handbag market, right? Well, not really.

It took me a while to figure out exactly what this Miu Miu reminded me of, but I finally found it: the Marc Jacobs Vortex Tote. The material is regular leather instead of patent, but the black body topped with pink and purple ruffles is similar enough for my feeble little brain to conflate the two. It’s unlikely that the Miu Miu designers were inspired by the Marc Jacobs bag, but there are enough similarities to give us all a nice reminder that even a very quirky bag probably resembles something else out there on the mass market. There is nothing new under the sun, as they say.

The subject of whether or not I like the bag is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. I don’t like it as it is in this photo – it looks a bit bloated and busy. Minus the stuffing and the detachable shoulder strap, though, it’s a fun take on the “lady scale” bags that have become so popular this season. Instead of going very proper and feminine with the design, as has been the choice of most designers, Miu Miu went young and girly instead. As a result, their entire Fall collection (and this bag) seems fresh and different. This design may not be practical for the average woman, but I bet we’ll see at least one editor or stylist toting it during Fashion Week. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1050.

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  • atrophia

    Ooh! Love this one too. I’d get them both if I had the chance.

  • CarolineLondon

    OK so I’ve been watching a lot of Project Runway reruns on Sky, but:
    1) That’s a whole lot of look; and
    2) It’s a bit costumey for me.

  • Laura

    this bag is UGLY. I don’t like it at all and I wouldn’t carry it even if it was given to me for free.

  • mochababe73

    I don’t like it. That’s too much money for a bag that looks like it came from Nine West.

  • 19yearslater

    The Marc Jacobs looked like a present to me, nicely giftwrapped. This looks like the first purse I ever had, purchased from KB Toys when I was four.

  • suz

    Who in their right mind would want to carry this ridiculous bab?

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  • !!!

    that is ugly as hell

  • Sonya

    Sorry Marc Jacobs, this one is for the birds. LOL

  • merve

    Amanda u really have a good eye for remembering lookalikes. I have to say neither does it for me especially the Miu Miu petal/flower disaster

  • tina jones

    agree with tingzi

  • Nayha

    This is not a nice bag. Who would buy it?

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  • Ingerid Prebensen

    Hate this bag!

  • luci – abogado cordoba

    love this bag! it is so cute and elegant at the same time <3

  • Ellen

    Miu Miu makes some great bags, but this is not one of them. Way too much is going on here. (ipad)

  • belle

    I’m included to agree with you and your use of the word “bloated” when describing this bag. (ipad)