Marc by Marc Jacobs Pearl Doctor Bag, $500 via Net-a-Porter

Have you ever noticed that almost all of the most sought-after It Bags are those that are carried in the crook of the arm? The Chloe Paddington, the Marc Jacobs Stam, the Fendi Spy, the Proenza Schouler PS1, the Celine Luggage Tote. Even though some of them come with optional shoulder straps, there’s just something about carrying a bag in front of you. It enters the room first, a fraction of a second before anything else you’re wearing gets there, and the front-and-center placement makes the bag the star of the show.

Contemporary brands aren’t always as good as their expensive counterparts at making statement bags, though, which is why I was pleased to see the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pearl Doctor Bag. Not only does the hefty size and bicolor construction require attention, but it has that certain something that makes a contemporary bag look more expensive than it is.

The key to this design’s relatively high-end look is in the finish. Too often, contemporary designers rely on weathering, antiquing or some other artificial means to make their materials look interesting, and at this point, those techniques have become a hallmarks of less-expensive bags. While premiere designers might use them occasionally, the most sought-after brands usually forgo those treatments in favor of a solid dye.

When you combine that with the of-the-moment colorblocked construction and a shape that’s generally associated with in-demand designs, the outcome has that elusive feel of expensiveness to it, even though the final price isn’t anywhere near four figures. The bag isn’t exactly cheap, but it has something that not very many fashion pieces can boast: Value. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $500.

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  • rose60610

    I love bags carried in the crook of the arm for several reasons. It looks more elegant, for one thing. At cocktail parties (if you don’t go the clutch route) they allow you to hold a libation and gesture with the other; and a really nice one is a front and center conversation piece. I think there’s more security when a bag is in my hand or crook vs. on the shoulder.

  • Sandra Rowley

    I am a true bag snob and prefer to purchase premiere designers only. However, Marc by Marc Jacobs bags have certainly caught my eye. If you are in the market to purchase a middle range bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs is a really great place to start looking.

  • CourtneyMc22

    For some reason, I’m seeing a panda’s face with it’s tongue sticking out in this bag! :-)

  • mochababe73

    It’s funny that I’m reading this article because I just purchased a Michael Michael Kors bag that goes in the crook of the arm.
    I love MbMJ, but this bag doesn’t look as though it’s a handbag. I don’t have fat arms, but it doesn’t look as though my arm would fit. This is one that I would definitely have to see in person.

  • Jennimer

    I have a silly question. I have a chocolate Marc Jacobs bag that I absolutely love…but what do you do with the little hanging badge holder? I took it off and the bag didn’t look right. But why do I have it on my purse – for looks?


    • marinaharbour

      I was going to buy a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag that had this hanging badge, and I just didn’t get for what it was at the end I bought another MJ bag without any badge… so I would love an answer also..!!

  • mochababe73

    I think that it has something to do with the name of the collection which is Standard Supply. It’s definitely for aesthetics.

  • Jenny

    I think bags carried in the crook of the arm looks more stylish for some reason.. but unfortunately not always so practical.. my favorite at the moment is the cross-over bag!

  • 19yearslater

    This is very on-trend and looks just as nice as a similar bag from “premier” designers. Nicely done, MBMJ.

    • jenniferbetty

      no have any reasons ,just love it !

  • J Umm

    something celine boston looking ish about it….
    looks cheap…

  • louch

    Does MBMJ do silver HW anymore??? I love this bag but only wear silver and all his bags that I’ve seen lately have gold HW. I would grab this bag in a flash if it had silver instead of gold.

  • Chakecia

    This bag is beautiful!

  • AW

    This bag is divine! so elegant and casual and the colour blocking is completely chic. THe only thing I don’t like is the squareness when you wear it as a crossbody but otherwise, perfection!

  • Agnes Wong

    I will curse my procrastination and the awesomeness of this blog for showing this unattainable bag.
    Before, seeing this post I was thinking of getting the Werdie satchel that you have mentioned several times but I thought the colour block would be too casual and the black would not stand out with my normally black/dark attire. This bag, in my opinion, is great for casual and slightly more formal/serious occasion and the pearl colour makes the bag standout.Anyway, I have been searching high and low for this bag and I am just wondering if it is discontinue? If somehow you have an idea where to look, may you please inform me? I understand that you are very busy with other work but if somehow you were able to glance by and saw this bag on sale somewhere and by chance you saw this comment, I hope you are able to respond to me. 

    Thank you and may you have a nice day : )