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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  • cge

    I wonder how it looks when it’s full of stuff? It appears as though the bottom would slouch down, given how soft the leather is. I’ve had many bags like this, and I find it difficult to find my things in them. You practically have to put an A.P.B. out on your car keys if they’re at the bottom of a big, unstructured bag like this!

  • Alana

    That is so weird! Gonna check it out, thanks for the tip!!

  • Mochababe73

    It is VERY slouchy. I have a feeling once all of the stuffing that gives it shape is out, it would hang funny on the shoulder.

  • BLynnT

    I have to agree with CGE and Mocha… This bag looks like it would be completely shapeless once it’s not stuffed. Even though the price is reasonable for a DVF bag, I just can’t get excited about this one at all. It’s just so boring. (fb)

  • hoofbeats95

    I can’t use a bag that has a top significantly more narrow than the bottom. It makes the bag seem like a bottomless pit that I can’t *see* into. I have trouble finding stuff. (fb)

  • Rosanna

    The bag looks a little big for my taste, but I do like the handles on it. Weird that the leather is cheaper than the denim! (fb)

  • Chris

    Isn’t the denim version actually suede lambskin? (FB)

  • Gelynn

    I wonder how it looks with stuff inside. Would it be too slouchy? I’m sure it’s a nice looking bag. (fb)

  • justa9url

    I have to agree with the others, it does look like this bag will become a bottomless pit when it slouches. =( Although it’ll be easy to throw things into this bag, it’ll be super hard to find things. (fb)

  • Lianne

    Definitely way too unstructured. I also don’t much like the shape; too wide at the bottom, to narrow at the top. Like others have said, way too easy to lose stuff inside, especially if the lining is dark. Also, a large bag is great for carrying large items, but it looks like the mouth would be too small to really get large items in and out. (fb)

  • Jenna

    I would like the general shape if it was more balanced. Does one need a gray bag if they have black? Not sure what I’d wear it with. (fb)

  • Tamee

    I definitely think the top is too narrow with how wide the bottom is. I’d feel like I was looking through a bottle neck but not able to see to rummage for my keys! (fb)

  • Debbie

    I’d definitely like it more if the top and bottom were more in proportion. The top is just too narrow and the bottom too wide the way it is right now. Not for me. (fb)

  • Emily

    It’s ok. Kinda drab and generic (fb)

  • 19yearslater

    Maybe they think people will pay for the trend? This is very strange indeed.

  • Caroline

    Wow this is a beautiful bag. The price difference is definitely an incentive to buy!


  • April C.

    I like the simplicity of the bag but like everyone else had it’ll look stuffed? (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    don`t really like the design…too common I guess

  • Theresa W

    It’s a beautiful bag at a great price, but it looks a lot like my Gucci Pelham Medium Shoulder tote, and I prefer the look of the Pelham (fb)

  • Hellena

    I thought the denim was actually suede hence the price (fb)

  • Jane

    I really don’t think the bag would be a bottomless pit. I would like the staff at DvF would have put some nice little pockets in the bag. I am shocked that the price is so different it truly doesn’t make any sense. I hope you can figure out the mystery. (fb)

  • Audrey H.

    I like it, especially if it holds it’s shape nicely. Just don’t tell them they should be charging more for the leather version lol (fb)

  • jen

    It’s a very beautiful and classy looking bag.
    The price difference is strange; if the denim version was indeed suede, that might be the reason, but I can’t help but wonder why call it denim if it’s not. Also, when you zoom in on the BG site, it really looks like denim. Pretty, too.

  • Tanya

    Perhaps its due to the fact that Denim is the trend this season? I like this bag looks functional-price point is also pretty decent. (FB)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    It’s functional… But other than that–I can take it or leave it–

  • LaToya

    Its big and looks like great leather was used. But its boring no special details. I wouldn’t carry It.( fb )

  • Maria

    not a fan..reminds me of a Gucci… (fb)

  • Lisa

    I like unstructured bags and the leather looks nice but it is kind of plain, IMO. (fb)

  • Elisabeth

    Love this bag. The more stuff I can fit in a bag the better! (fb)

  • Roxanna

    I like this bag. Looks like it would be a cute everyday bag. Looks light and smooshy. (fb)

  • Marissa

    FIRST let me just say I LOVE that this bag shares my name:) I love Diane..always have. I live by the moto: keep it simple stupid/brillant gal and I think this bag adheres to that mantra. I would def wear this bag!

  • Marissa

    FIRST let me just say I LOVE that this bag shares my name:) I love Diane..always have. I live by the moto: keep it simple stupid/brillant gal and I think this bag adheres to that mantra. I would def wear this bag!(fb)

  • HF

    I have seen the denim bag. It is actually this lux, super soft lamb leather that is printed to look like denim. Gorgeous!!!! I saw in the NY store that there clutch in the denim leather too… so on trend!!

  • lily

    that bag looks huge! maybe too big for me. (fb)

  • Kendra

    This is very elegant, the black is nice. (fb)

  • Ashley

    I love it !!!I mean this is beautiful.I love the shape and everything but i really would never spend that much on a bag(fb)

  • pursemonkey

    It’s simple but the leather looks divine and the handle adds interest. I’d be very interested to see the bag modeled to see how it hangs. Great price point! (fb)

  • kylie

    i feel like you could probably find cheaper bags that are similiar in design and texture…

  • kylie

    i feel like you could probably find cheaper bags that are similiar in design and texture… (fb)

  • rafika

    its beautiful! its simple, the leather looks so soft, and the detailing is perfect. and the price isn’t bad either. thanks! (fb)

  • gjaneco

    Love this design! I think it’s beautiful! (fb)

  • Lydia

    I was ready to dismiss this bag, but upon closer inspection, I can truly appreciate the subtle detailing that makes it quite elegant. (fb)

  • Elyse

    Amanda, I also am completely baffled! What is going on here? (FB)

  • Alanna

    I LOVE the handles but the rest of it seems quite blah (fb)

  • ceejay

    looks like a nice bag for a casual outfit (fb)

  • Marie

    I really, REALLY don’t like this bag. Looks like a potato bag, and hasn’t got any personality, at ALL. Doesn’t stand out with nothing. Sorry DVF. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    I like the unique design!

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    not really pretty
    too plain for me

  • Tiff Chao

    It’s simple yet elegant style. I would like to see this in a brighter color though. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    i could use this bag (fb)

  • bunnyr

    the denim is real leather/suede, not fabric

  • Tracey G

    Interesting bag…looks cute (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Im not too familiar with DVF bags but this looks nice (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Great bag for commuters (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the color…classic (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    beautiful bag (ipad)