No better way to start 2010 then with some great bags that I am already coveting. Marc by Marc Jacobs continues to bring us handbags that are not only reasonably priced but also entirely chic.
Which bag do I want to start 2010 with? The Marc by Marc Jacobs Linda Bow Clutch. The clutch is much larger than I anticipated, easily able to carry most everything you would need. And then there is the girlish glamour touch, the bow-embellished front, which is the perfect addition. (more…)
The Marc by Marc Jacobs Croc of Q Linda Clutch is a perfect of example of the old adage that sometimes, the best things come in small packages. There are a lot of bags in this super-bright, croc-stamped, patent-finished line. Lots of them, and some of them are enormous. And when a bag is big enough to tote an Olsen Twin around, perhaps it doesn’t need to be bright and croc and patent. It’s a little bit much, as I witnessed in-person at the mall today. But in general, the smaller the bag, the more crazy things you can do with it at once. The Linda Clutch is perfectly sized to carry as both a clutch and a small shoulder bag (it comes with an unobtrusive, removable matching strap). It might look a little plastic-y, but things that are cheap-looking in larger bags can be perfectly fun and wonderful in a clutch. This is one that I wouldn’t mind adding to my wardrobe at all. Buy through eLuxury for $248.
No sooner did I post about the Kooba Bailey Clutch did I come across another patent leather handbag. I know there are plenty of patent leather handbags out there to choose from, but this might be a little too much for my liking. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Patent Leather Hobo seems to have too much patent leather. Of course, hobos are larger handbags so obviously there will be quite a bit of material. Yet, the shiny patent leather on this handbag seems too shiny and overall, too much. The other thing I am not a fan of, the shoulder strap. At least when looking at the image, the 10″ drop seems too small with the large shape of the hobo. I get that the chain detailing is supposed to catch the eye or something like that, but to me it looks ill-placed. With a few minor modifications this could be a great handbag, but with the way it is currently put together, it is not for me. Buy through Saks for $428.
Seriously, Marc by Marc Jacobs bags can do little wrong. Go on and tell me that some of their bags are total misses, but the beauty behind the designs is that they are affordable, wearable, and usually rather cute. And when it comes down to it, Marc Jacobs is a designer genius. And he goes to prove it again with the simplicity of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Poppy Square Shoulder Bag which is a toned-down version of an urban messenger bag. There are quite a few reasons why I love this bag; the creamy supple leather, the handheld and long strap, and casual style. The inside shows off a funky pop of color with pink lining. There is also the practicality of the bag. Marc Jacobs loves to use pockets and zippers, which I could always use more of! There is a zipped compartment at the front, two open pockets on the inside, and a small zipped pouch on the inside. And then there is the price! We will definitely label this as a bag deal, because it is under $400! Buy through Net A Porter for $390.
Remember the Marc by Marc Jacobs Doctor’s Bag that Amanda got you all hyped up for? Well I fell for it too. It is purple, slouchy, and large. That is so me. But if the shape was not exactly you, the little sister of this bag is such a great option that I may very well convert many of you over to the Liz Riz.
Yes, a catchy little name, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Liz Riz Bag sports a hobo shape rather than the east/west shape. The only thing that I would like a little different is the signature nameplate, which is rather large. But the bag is typical of many Dr. designs from Marc Jacobs, featuring softly gathered leather, a fold-over top, and quirky scrambled logo lining. You know, now that I see this version, I realize it is much more fitting for me. Meaning, this is now the new Marc by Marc love of Purse Blog, that is unless Amanda puts up a big fight! Either purple or black available at Saks for $428.
I have to admit, I’m biased. I love the Marc by Marc Jacobs bag line. I’m not saying they don’t make some really weird looking stuff, because they do. They really do. But at least a few of their bags per season are really chic and wearable, and they invariably use super soft, thick leathers, which always feel much nicer to me than their sub-$500 price tags would suggest. I’m currently carrying an MbMJ Faridah hobo in ivory that I got last summer, and it’s still going strong even though it’s a very light color and I’m not very careful with my bags (read: I’m not careful at all with my bags).
I was infatuated with the Dr. Q satchel that they made last season (particularly its price tag – $498 for a bag Miu Miu would charge you $1200 for), but sadly, the only colors they made (black, grey, and ivory) were already represented in my wardrobe in some of my favorite bags (well, they also made a brown, but Amanda hates brown bags, which is a subject for another post).
I have been hoping against hope that the popularity of that bag would convince them to continue to make it for at least one more season, and last weekend, I walked in to Bloomingdale’s and saw that my dream had, in fact, come true. Not only had the remade the black and grey versions in a lighter weight, softer leather, but they had made a purple Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Groovee Handbag. PURPLE, people! Are you listening to me? Purple!
So when I got online to stalk it and write about it for you guys after I saw it, I couldn’t find it anywhere. Not a single website had it. Had I dreamt it? Was it a hallucination, like an oasis in a handbag desert? Are there really things out there to buy that can’t be found on the internet? I refused to believe it.
Early yesterday morning, though, the forum came through for me. Someone in the Marc Jacobs section had posted a link to a site that had them in stock online! So now, I feel required to share my find – the purple is beautiful, the leather is soft, and the bag is finally available to purchase. So go. Now. Because this color WILL sell out. $498 through Madison Los Angeles.
Now this is a purse that I have been drooling over for quite some time. Simple, fun, and cheap, what more could you ask for? Ok, so there are a few aspects that I am sure many of you would love to see spiced up; no structure, quite flat, and simple, but these are the precise reasons I love this clutch! Marc Jacobs has been able to deliver with many of his accessories, and lately I have love for his Marc by Marc line, which means CHEAPER! I will take cheaper and cuter than the big sis line any day. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Magazine Clutch combines cream leather with beige contrast leather panels giving a vanilla frappuccino smooth look. The colors are ideal, and somehow reminiscent of an old world feel, but the inside is lined in fuchsia print lining which gives a new world look. The outside is minimalistic, making this retro bag current. I can’t explain it, but something about this bag has always had my attention and always seems to keep my attention. It does get hard to carry around a flat clutch, but my small hands could carry it perfectly and wear this bag from season to season. Buy through Net A Porter for $370.
I have always told myself that I can not pull off a super small handbag, seeing as though I am not super small. I am tall and while I consider myself in shape, I am not the size of the models that walk down the catwalk. But lately I have been finding myself more drawn to smaller bags. Why? Because frankly the big bags are hurting my shoulders and while I still do not have to carry much around I might as well take advantage of it. The best way to take advantage of a situation like this is to try it out. Try a small bag, carry it for a bit, and see how it makes you feel. And try our a more affordable version, that is unless you have a bottomless wallet. I am all about the bright colors right now and thought that the Marc by Marc Jacobs Percy Mini Bag may be the perfect small handbag to try. The yellow leather screams summer and the adjustable strap can be used to wear the bag crossbody or over the shoulder. I would opt for over the shoulder, as crossbody will look a tad odd on me I think. There is a zip fastening pocket on the front, a zip fastening across the top, and a designer plaque on front. This bag is is cute and worth a shot. Buy through Net A Porter for $160.
Summertime is here which means the resort look is in full bloom. I have always been a fan of the blue and white striped look. It is perfect for the beach, the boat, or just summer in general. Adding that sailor touch can be the perfect little addition. So when I came across this Marc Jacobs bag I fell in love! The Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Jersey Shopper is a huge bag deal and sports the navy and ivory stripes that I love. There is a ‘Ca Roule’ logo at the base and designer tag on the front. This shopper is perfect for the beach, the market, or just a day in the sun. Buy through Net A Porter for $90.
Many big designers have introduced a younger sister to their high-end brand, the more affordable and sometimes younger look. This furthers the outreach of the designer and helps establish the name. One person who has make an empire around his name is Marc Jacobs. Love him or hate him, Marc is an absolute mastermind. And under his high end collection comes his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. While there are some items that get a little too cheap for my liking, there are some that are still cheap but cute. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Lux Laminated Wallet is designed with vinyl-coated logo canvas with a cursive “love marc” print and hearts. There is a plaque on the front that reads, “Marc by Marc Jacobs, Standard Supply, Model #, Type: Workwear”. The flap top is done in blue vinyl. Sure it is a a tad cheesy, but this is a great great gift and a cute accessory. Best part is the price. This is under $60! Now if you did not like it before, you are liking it right? You are sitting there thinking of who you know that may need a gift soon and realizing this is perfect. Told you it wasn’t too bad. Buy through eLuxury for $58.