Normally, I shy away from any bags with obvious exterior logos or branding. Not only are monogram prints a bit of a lazy design technique, but they make a bag look almost instantly outdated because of the logo fads of the mid-2000s. I don’t walk around all day in logo t-shirts, so I don’t know why I’d have lower standards for my bags.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs Dreamy Logo Satchel has given me a real quandary, though. My initial instinct was to say that the embossing subtracts from this bag’s aesthetic appeal, but when I try to imagine it without the logos, I’m not so sure that my first impression is correct.

Because we’re dealing with embossed leather and not printed canvas, the question because more of texture than of pure visuals. The embossing adds something in the way of depth, and without it, this might have been another black bag, afloat in a crowded market. I wish that the embossing had been something other than a logo, but as it is, I think this aesthetic choice is still a net gain over plain leather in this particular instance. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $548.

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  • Joyce

    The handles strike me as too closely placed as well (ipad)

  • Jennifer

    I’m with you, something other than a logo. (ipad)

  • Chris

    I agree with Joyce and Jennifer – the handles are wrong and something other than a monogram would have been much better. I am also not sure about the yellow gold. The hardware does not look very modern to me.
    So, all in all, this handbag is not exciting, interesting or nice. Marc Jacobs can do so much better. (iPad)

  • Anita

    I don’t like the logo or the handles. (iPad)

  • Mochababe73

    I like the logos. Unless you get really close, you can’t tell. I think that it adds a little texture to the bag.
    And whose arms are going to fit through those handles?

  • Marianna

    I really like this bag and while I never buy logo bags this one really appeals to me. (ipad)

  • Vitta

    Totally agree with Chris about the handles and the yellow gold. Not loving much the embossing either – it looks a bit juvenile, with all those letters scattered like an alphabet.

  • Limey

    I agree with the handles problem… otherwise, it’s a decent bag.. don’t really mind the logo either (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    The fact that the embossing is a logo makes this look like a funkier (not weird, the other funk) version of an LV speedy. I think its perfect as is. (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    not only are the handles placed close together, they seem out of proportion to the bag itself. pass on this one. (ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    I’ve seen similar Marc by MJ bags without the embossing that look really nice and more high-end. Agree that the handles look too small and too close together. (ipad)

  • Judy

    omg yes! this bag would be soooo much better if not for the embossing. (ipad)

  • Lianne

    I agree. An all-over embossing in a pattern other than a logo would be nicer. (ipad)

  • Cheryl

    i like it as is.

  • Bijou

    don’t like the design (ipad)

  • Karin bag4bag

    Like the zips on the side, the buckles on the handle. Looks like a gutsy edgy bag that will go the distance. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I agree with a lot of you ladies regarding the handles. I myself have large hands, muscular arms and I don’t think they would even fit through those holes. Second, I really don’t care for pockets on the sides of my bags, I’m leery of someone trying to open them in a crowded space eventhough I prob. would only put lipgloss in them. I like the embrossing but it wasn’t executed very well with this bag (ipad)