I’ve gone back and forth so many times on the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Ukita Flap Bag that I’m not sure that I know which way is up anymore. I briefly considered not writing about it at all, so that maybe one of my blogging compatriots would take the reigns and decide whether or not this bag is good on my behalf.

Sadly, that didn’t happen, so here we are. You, me and this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. It’s go time. Stay with me on this one, I might need you.

The only thing that’s giving me pause is the shorty strap that’s apparently supposed to act as a way to wear the bag as a more traditional hobo. Perhaps it’s because I’ve only seen the bag stuffed full of paper on a department store shelf, but the bag didn’t seem slouchy enough and the short strap didn’t seem long or flexible enough to make shoulder-carrying with anything except the crossbody configuration seem like an attractive option.

Nordstrom has a picture of a woman that looks like she’s carrying it comfortably with the hobo strap, so I suppose that it can be done as long as you’re willing to break in the leather, but I’m still not sure that I’m convinced that it will be comfortable. Plus, even if you got it to hang nicely, since the bag has an enormous flap, you’ll have to take it off your shoulder to access anything inside. And you can’t remove the hobo strap when you want to use it as a messenger. Yeah, I think I’ve talked myself out of this one. Buy through Nordstrom for $498.

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  • Paula_Rose

    I was drooling over this bag…until I saw it in person!!!!! Even unstuffed, I don’t believe this would be comfortable on the arm :( And the opening was quite narrow for a hobo. With the weight of it, I think they should have put a wider shoulder ‘guard’ on the strap. Don’t get me started on that darn scramble lettering lining as well. (fb) I love me some Mbmj, but I don’t love this one! (fb)

  • Celeste

    Cute bag but agree the strap makes it pretty useless. A longer, chunkier strap would have made a big (good) difference IMO. (fb) And for $500 – useful would be nice.

  • liz

    haven’t seen in real life but love it in the black or brown colour but i’m not liking this turquoise specimen! (fb)

  • Paula_Rose

    Also, that rolled strap can kill a shoulder depending on how much you’re carrying! (fb)

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  • Karin bag4bag

    I really love the colors – Wave, Bone or Green. Agree with comments about the short strap, but I think I would just use this as a carry handle, or wear it across body quite happily. Happy with the price too. (fb)

  • Brenda Cervantes

    I like this! It’s really cute and big and it’s a great color! (fb)

  • Shine

    its simple and clean! i like the flap thing.(fb)

  • Leticia

    I think I’m in love. I have a thing for that thick leather, when you can almost envision the cow that it belonged to. (fb)

  • AW

    I actually just picked one up in the griege colour and yep the handle is too short to be able to open the bag comfortably but still, the leather is so lovely and it works just fine as a crossbody :)

  • Daph_jones

    i have that bag! i so love it!!!!! did ya buy it?