Oh dear.

We all know how much I love Marc Jacobs, which just makes it all the more sad when I dislike one of his bags. I’ve tried everything that I know how to do in order to convince myself to love the Marc Jacobs Parachute Stam Bag, but I just can’t do it. I won’t do it.

Real talk: the material out of which this thing is made looks like what you’d get if tinfoil and a garbage bag had a baby. It looks like that’s how it might feel, too. I kind of want to touch it, just out of curiosity, but it’s completely synthetic – will it give me a rash?

Ok, so that might be a bit harsh – I doubt that contact with this bag will make me itchy. But still, when compared to all the Stam bags that came before it, this is a disappointment from nearly every angle. The bunchy, shiny material loses the beautiful structure of the bag and the plasticky sheen makes it look like something that would come from Forever 21, not Saks Fifth Avenue.

A bag or two made out of this material were found in the Spring/Summer 2010 runway show, so I figured they’d find their way to stores eventually, but I just can’t get on board. At least Jacobs was conscientious enough to price it less than a regular Stam. Buy through Saks for $995.

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  • marian t

    hmm for the price, i will get something else. the silver color is nice, other than that, its a OK! (fb)

  • Mochababe73

    As much as I love Marc Jacobs, I can’t really get this bag. It’s an exorbiant price for synthetics. It’s not even constructed very well. Maybe he should get with Jay from Project Runway so that he can show him how to tailor garbage bags. (fb)

  • ad

    why marc? whyyyy??? its a disgrace to the other stams. i feel bad for this one. it’ll be sticking out like the ugly duckling. (fb)

  • Judy

    i agree, F21 yes, saks no. i would def pass on that bag

  • Charlene

    not pretty at all..(fb)

  • robyn


  • hoofbeats95

    Looks like a cheap wal-mart or target bag :( (fb)

  • Stacy

    Two thumbs down. Not trying hard enough – just cranking things out to see what sticks. PASS!

  • covertanjou

    UGLY! Sorry, although I love MJ, this is a truly hideous bag. (fb)

  • Danica

    Yuck. It’s like old lady jogging suit material. (fb)

  • Signe

    hmpf, not good… (fb)

  • Rachel

    Wow, that is really bad. Do not like!! (fb)

  • Valerie

    really ugly :( (fb)

  • Lauren

    It’s a ball of aluminum foil…(fb)

  • Amy

    Eew. Definitely looks like garbage. I don’t want to carry that or I’ll be mistaken for a bag lady on the street! (fb)

  • Ronky

    Why Marc why!!!!! (fb)

  • sheri d

    looks like a old winter puff puff jacket (fb)

  • Hakan

    all the same style :(

  • tadpolenyc

    it’s sad for me to say this because i love him too, but what the hell was he thinking to approve this design?!

  • Denise

    A little too shiny, garbage like for me. (fb)

  • swags

    Its okay, I wouldn’t give it much thought if I saw it out. It reminds me of a bag you’d pick up for $50-100, not 1000. (fb)

  • Tamee

    I think it’s the shininess of the silver. Too much. If it were more subdued, I think it could work. (fb)

  • dguerrero3

    It does the MJ Stam no justice at all!! (fb)

  • otter

    Designed by Jiffy Pop and the Baloon Boy’s dad, not MJ. FAIL.

  • Helena

    If you put it in the microwave does it give you pop-corn??(fb)

  • savannah

    Umm I’ll skip this one. (fb)

  • Karen K.

    I liked this at first glance, but all the comments have swayed me. It’s so true, this does look like a cheap Target bag. The more you look at it the more it goes downhill!! I’m not feelin this either. (fb)

  • Monique

    LOL @ tin foil and a garbage bag having a baby (fb)

  • Melody

    i love the stam but definitely not in this texture! (fb)

  • Paulina

    It looks like it was made for astronauts. (fb)

  • Kayla

    I love the stam but this is just ridiculous… (fb)

  • Mika

    so many details going on.. im not a fan of it. (fb)

  • Shine

    for me i really would see myself having this bag.. i can see that this will match everything inside my closet and sometimes we just need to be confident and sometimes be different to stand out.(fb)

  • Pat

    This is not a good look for the Stam. (fb)

  • BLynnT

    No, no, no. It looks so cheap. (fb)

  • putri

    actually, this is gorgeous. lol, you just have to learn mix and match ladies.

  • Valentina

    It does look like aluminum foil… (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    A rash would be too much Amanda, but you`re right about the material. Looks like plastic and I bet it doesn`t smell so good too hehe :)

  • Pattie

    I love the stam bag, but this material would be kind of hard to take care of, I would be worried of wrinkles after a while. (fb)

  • Zaneta

    It’s absolutely a big no no for me. It looks soooo cheap. I like the stam but this one is just a big mistake.

  • k s

    yikes! marc can usually do no wrong in my eyes, but this is just bad!


  • Kate

    Poor little Stam bag it never had a chance (fb)

  • Jenn

    I love it—but then, I own four Stams and I appreciate the versatility of the original design.

  • Theresa W

    OMG! I love the Stam, but that’s just tacky! Reminds me of LV’s garbage bag… ;) (fb)

  • Jacqueline

    I like the original better (fb)

  • gacats

    No good can come of anything with the word “parachute” in it- except for an actual parachute…. (fb)

  • Leslie

    um. no thanks. Why is it that I have been seeing several garbage like bags lately? Maybe its because people are trying not to use them for garbage anymore so they decided to make them into purses. (fb)

  • Cate

    What a terrible thing to do to a bag. (fb)

  • Debbie

    Too cheap looking (fb)

  • Lilly P.

    I love the shape of this bag. But it’s too shiny. (fb)

  • Sue-ellen Brown

    OMGosh, this is a haute couture HEFTY BAG form Marc Jacobs..sooo wrong…just keep the orginality of the Stam…(fb)

  • Abraham

    you are so stuck up, nothing synthetic will give you a rash. stop priding yourself. god.

  • Leticia

    Jesus Christ, what is it and why are you hurting my eyes with pictures of it??? (fb)

  • Sylvia

    I love the stam but this one is just plain weird. Looks like some weird space suit. (fb)

  • Julie Stam

    I like the Stam bags (I think I have to because my last name is Stam), but I don’t like the material of this one at all. Your comment about it looking like it came from Forever 21 is spot on. (fb)

  • Roxanna

    Jeez. I like the Stam bags, but I have to say this looks like foil. Like someone commented earlier, it does resemble the new LV trashbag. Lol (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    Marc Jacobs makes so much stuff that is right, he is entitled to get it wrong occasionally! This is what wrong looks like. (fb)

  • Nikki

    I would call this one just ‘so-so’. (fb)

  • sketchy

    oh no. no. no. (fb)

  • Julia

    The 90’s called… they want their space purse back. I totally had a vest that matched this purse in High School. A silver bubble vest. (fb)

  • popita

    LOL!! -> “the material out of which this thing is made looks like what you’d get if tinfoil and a garbage bag had a baby”

    1k for synthetic garbage bag?? no thanks! (fb)

  • patricia

    it looks like a glorified tinfoil. yikes! (fb)

  • Debbie C

    That’s just fugly. Looks like something an alien would be carrying. (fb)

  • Jane

    Yikes that is ugly. I agree it looks like tinfoil. (fb)

  • Vicki Page-Clark

    My god, that is only FUGLY bag…..truly something that a metal garbage bin vomited up……..
    Marc, you’ve got it right so often – why oh why have you done this?! Fashion clearly doesn’t always have the answer ;-) (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    nope (fb)

  • Adiva Artuvogue

    metallic parachute, NICE!
    I love the matte one’s! But, this just flew into the skye! Elevating ~ ~ ~ ~ >>>>

  • Adiva Artuvogue

    wow, didn’t realize there were so many silver tin metallic haters here!
    this style is probably just to forward for you’ll

  • Tiff Chao

    Love Marc Jacobs but the scrunched up material looks a bit tacky. (fb)

  • Lizzie

    EW this is hideous! What is with MJ and LV doing these gross garbage bags??

  • Brenda Cervantes

    The material looks a little cheap.. It kinda does look like a garbage bag. (fb)

  • Raleine

    the bag is cute but i do not like the cheap looking material. (fb)

  • Joyce

    Some mean comments!! :/

    It’s cute and unique in a way.



  • Adrienne Zedella

    even the zipper looks tacky (fb)

  • faith24

    “tinfoil garbage bag” – you are right on! (fb)

  • maritza A

    ugh! this is one ugly bag. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    This bag reminds me of Balloon Boy. (fb)

  • Jenn

    Clearly, none of you have actually seen this bag in person. Do yourself a favor and don’t be so quick to judge. It’s actually quite stunning thank-you-very-much. –Jennifer (owner of 7 Stams, now 8)

    • Jenn

      Oops my 8 turned into a Miami Vice character (but then, maybe that’s appropriate here!)

  • Nicole

    No, just no. This is almost a G?!!!!! And it’s a garbage bag?!!!!!


  • Karen

    I think it’s an awesome bag in person! Yes, it’s different and not as sophisticated as the beautiful soft leather stams, but it is high fashion and gorgeous!

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