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Friday, January 15, 2010

MARC by Marc Jacobs Macro Marc Neoprene Tobo


MARC by Marc Jacobs Macro Marc Neoprene Tobo
Let me set the scene up for you: My husband and I are walking through Nordstrom (yes, I drag the poor man on my reconnaissance trips) with the kids in tow when we arrive at the handbag department. I tell my hubby I'll only be a few minutes ("Yeah, right!" he groans). I sift through Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Valentino, Marni and Lanvin (eerie how I remember stuff like this) before I get to Marc Jacobs. I leave MJ for last because I like to start off strong and leave pissed off. That's just me. I'm a masochist.

My frustrations are usually with his more expensive namesake line, not the MARC collection. Unfortunately, I spotted this bag and wasn't immediately disgusted until I actually touched it. "Yuck!", I exclaimed (I really did say "yuck" at Nordstrom). "Well, this ain't leather", I thought to myself. It felt awful, but familiar. Then I realized what this $350 bag was made from - NEOPRENE. The stuff of wet suits and beer cozies. Say what? Seriously? I beckoned my hubby over for his opinion. Without knowing who designed it, he grabbed it and asked, "Is this stuff neoprene?" I nodded yes, and then, bless his heart, he uttered, "Bet it's Marc Jacobs". I just love him to death. I've trained him well. My husband, who knows as much about fashion as I know about the mating rituals of pygmy marmosets, guessed that only Marc Jacobs would use neoprene for the exterior of a bag.

The Macro Marc Neoprene Tobo is actually a fun design. It boasts an amazing, comfortable shape and spacious interior making it an ideal "everyday" bag. Even women who aren't fans of logo-embossed exteriors would overlook its' excessive use here if this were actual leather! Instead, MARC fans, like myself, are left to wonder if Jacobs' has seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou one too many times, or if he and his design team were curious to know how many of us would shell out $350 bucks for a giant beer cozie. I don't know about you guys, but I like my rubber on tires and Tupperware. Oh, Marc, you funny guy. You become nuttier by the minute.

MARC by Marc Jacobs Macro Marc Neoprene Tobo available in newsprint (pictured) and grape juice via shopbop.com

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