Finally, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Finally. I had been severely underwhelmed by the recent offerings by the brand, which is one of my favorites, but it appears as though their Spring/Summer 2010 collection isn’t doomed to the sale rack after all. At least not if they continue to debut bags is pretty and functional as the Marc by Marc Jacobs Flash Leola Hobo.

When I see something in such a bright and cheerful shade, I can’t help but think of sun, sand, and warm weather. This beautiful blue is the color of the ocean off the coast of some far-off Caribbean island to which I have never been, but the bag does a good job of taking me directly there. Can I get a pina colada?

It’s just so fresh. Luckily, the folks at MbMJ left the zippered embellishments to a reasonable minimum – they’re an obvious part of the design but don’t detract from the color or leather. Speaking of – the leather is amazing. Thick, textured, and as soft as you could ever want. It slouches and folds beautifully, creating a traditional triangle hobo when the bag is worn, yet still allowing a large opening to fish for your belongings. Sadly, that’s the only downside that I can see – despite my love for bags shaped like this one, I always lose my stuff at the bottom. The color is beautiful enough to make up for it, though. Buy through Nordstrom for $498.

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