There are a lot of things in life that I don’t understand, but one in particular has been bothering me for the last two days. Why is the leather version of the Diane Von Furstenberg Marisa Large Shoulder Bag significantly less expensive than its denim counterpart?

When I stumbled upon this bag, I expected it to cost far more than the very reasonable $595 that the fine folks at DVF would like us to pay for it. Not only is it a large, functional bag made out of sumptuously soft (I’ve fondled it, so I feel comfortable using such purple language) leather, but I saw the $725 price tag for the denim version first and automatically assumed that the leather one would carry a price tag several hundred dollars steeper. Does anyone have any idea why the leather version is less expensive?

I checked in person at Neiman Marcus as well as online, and although the price for the denim bag varied a bit, it was still more expensive than the leather version by triple digits. I don’t know if this was a mistake made by DVF’s people, but I think everyone should go take advantage of it before the higher-ups notice that things are amiss.

The denim version wasn’t nearly as odious in person as I had expected (it was super, super soft), but the leather Marisa is a bag that I could picture so many different kinds of women wanting to have in their closets. It’s soft, subdued, slouchy, sophisticated and so many other words that start with the letter “s” that I can’t even list them all. The leather is lightweight enough that it wouldn’t weigh on your shoulder, but the bag is still large enough for anything you could want to carry for an average day. The woven handle gives the bag just enough visual interest to be special, and the semi-hidden outside pocket gives the bag a touch of asymmetry without making it look off-kilter. At $130 less than denim, why not go for leather? Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $595.

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