When we first discussed the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bianca line a couple of weeks ago, you all unanimously agreed that the design was too Plain Jane to be worthy of a designer nameplate. I was ready to wholly dismiss the line, but something about the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bianca Jane on a Chain Messenger Clutch makes me think there’s something to salvage yet.

British racing green is an under-appreciated fashion color, particularly when it comes to finish a look with clear vintage references. Where the Bianca lines and hardware looked dowdy and boring on a tan top-handle, the deep green minibag version looks like an excellent alternative to a Celine Classic Box Bag for girls on budgets that don’t allow for a $4000 bag.

When you take away the middling color and irrelevant shape of the last Bianca bag and replace them with an interesting shade and current shape, the line feels totally different. I’d say that the devil’s in the details, but really, the devil is everywhere in accessories design. One bad detail can spoil the bunch, but luckily, this bag doesn’t have any errant elements. Buy through ShopBop for $248.

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  • jen

    I really like it! The clutch is nice, too.

  • Kat

    I love it! The color strikes the right balance that the bag isn’t boring, but isn’t too loud, either.

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  • Mochababe73

    I had a chance to see one of the other MJ Bianca bags in person, and I was disappointed. It doesn’t even look like a Marc Jacobs.
    This one is just okay.

  • 19yearslater

    This is much better. Its more an MBMJ version of the mini MJ Single than the MBMJ version of a granny purse.

  • MizzJ

    Very nice, I like the chain handle detail and that unique green is so eye catching.


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  • Millie

    I’ve been stalking this bag in the tan colour on the Saks site for about a week now. I love that it has card pockets and a zippered compartment inside. Huge selling features for me, because my biggest problem with smaller bags is how unorganized I am in them. I’m glad I checked here before buying, because I adore it in green. Definitely ordering in this colour.

  • BooIn

    Love the style and the color. It’s just perfect!

  • Karin bag4bag

    I LOVE green, and this is an elegant understated quiet green that I could and would wear.

  • Joyce

    This one is much better!

  • osladegerez

    I love the style and color….but there is something the slightest bit cheap looking to me…still love!