Now that I’ve seen the Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilty Q line, I’m somewhat surprised that it didn’t come about earlier. Parent brand Marc Jacobs has been using quilted details heavily for half a decade, and often things trickle down from one line to another.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilty Q Classic Leola Hobo is my favorite bag from the line thus far. I may like this hobo just fine, the Quilty Q bags as a whole are a bit disappointing – mostly, they’re just quilted versions of bags that we’ve already seen, and I’m not sure exactly what (if anything) the extra stitching adds to the familiar designs. I love MbMJ as much as the next girl (and quite possibly more), but this isn’t hitting the creative mark that I’m used to from the brand.

And then there’s that pesky little deflated-soccer-ball problem. I first noticed this in an MBMJ bag a week or two ago (that one wasn’t quilted, but it was pleated similarly), but it seems like a lot of the brand’s bags look a bit like they were recycled into purses after they sprung a leak on the soccer field. This hexagonal quilting creates a similar effect, and I find it to be a little more distracting than I’d like.

That being said, it’s a perfectly serviceable hobo that comes in neutral shades that will likely fit in to a lot of wardrobes. I’m sure the bag will sell well and that a lot of women will be very happy with it. For my money, however, I’ll take a pass and wait for something more interesting to come along. Buy through Nordstrom for $528.

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