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The Complete Guide to Marc Jacobs Bags


Marc Jacobs’ designs are made up of a series of dichotomies, from vibrant standout pieces to understated, minimal styles. He is also the designer who ultimately set the scene ablaze due to his risk-taking attitude.


Think back to the early ‘90s when Jacobs presented his Nirvana tribute at a Perry Ellis show and his name became synonymous with controversy. One of the most iconic examples of trickle-up fashion, the collection blended haute couture with street style and it eventually got him fired. Inspired by the thriving Seattle music scene and with clothing sourced from New York flea markets, the brand wholeheartedly embraced a grunge aesthetic. Received with condemnation and hesitation from the fashion cognoscenti that attended, the show shocked and rocked the industry. 


Today, we can recognize this as a pivotal cultural moment when designers began to see the links between music, culture and the clothes that we wear. Jacobs was one of the first designers who held up a mirror to society and allowed us to see the ‘ordinary’ on the runway. He was also one of the first designers to make fashion accessible.


Continuing to keep the New York fashion flame burning bright, Marc Jacobs has built his luxury brand based on this same logic. Bags have become the highlight of the brand’s collections, and for good reason too. Bold and bright, The Snapshot camera bag is instantly recognizable thanks to its double-J logo, whilst The Tote Bag comes in a range of textures and finishes for you to play with.


With so much choice, it can be difficult to know where to start when buying a Marc Jacobs bag. How do you wear The Snapshot bag? How do you clean leather? How much are they and are they good quality? Don’t fear, our Marc Jacobs Snapshot and The Tote bag review is here to guide you through these two iconic designs one step at a time. It’s time to embrace the American brand with an open heart.

The Tote Bag

Everyone needs a tote bag in their life and Marc Jacobs certainly understood the assignment with The Tote Bag. With bold logo branding, a rectangular shape and three sizes to choose from, you can rely on the staple for everyday use. Change up your look with interchangeable bag accessories from the brand, and find everything from Logo Webbing bag straps to chain designs.


First up, there’s The Mini Tote Bag for carrying only the essentials. Travel light and hands-free with the smallest bag in the collection and have the option of a long strap or short handles. Discover The Mini Traveller Tote Bag in shearling for a textured finish, or stick to simple monochrome colorways.


The Small Tote Bag is one size up from The Mini and allows you to fit in more than just your valuables. Whether you’re grocery shopping or heading to your local coffee shop, the bag provides functionality and a minimalist approach. Compact and lightweight, the bag can be worn with the cross-body strap or carried by the handle. See different variations of the bag, from patchwork denim fabrics on The Small Traveller Tote Bag to The Teddy Small Traveller Tote Bag. Stick to real leather styles with internal zip fastenings for a timeless approach, or look to Magda Archer x Marc Jacobs The Small Traveller Tote for a playful edge.


Then there’s the original and largest. The Tote Bag is made to be carried by its large bag handles and is capable of holding all your shopping, your laptop and a few books for your trip out. Unapologetically self-explanatory with the logo label on the front, the bag is available in neutral beige and black for a pared-back look, or choose The Teddy Large Tote Bag for a cozy aesthetic.


The Tote Bag Dimensions

The Mini Tote Bag

9.8 in L x 3.9 in D x 7.1 in H

Strap Length: 27.2 in

Handle: 4.7 in


The Small Tote Bag:

13 in L x 5.9 in D x 10.2 in H

Strap Length: 28.3 in

Handle: 4.7 in


The Tote Bag

16.1 in L x 6.7 in D x 12.6 in H

Handle: 9.8 in

The Snapshot Bag

Debuting in 2018, the Marc Jacobs Snapshot bag has been seen on the arms of many celebrities and even made a special appearance in the Netflix show ‘Emily in Paris’. It’s easy to see why The Snapshot bag is so popular with its simple shape, double-J hardware and adjustable straps. The camera-style bag is a cross-body design and is made to be worn across your clothing or by your side.


In Saffiano leather, the bag has two zip sections as well as interior and exterior slip pockets. Personalize your bag by choosing a bag strap unique to you. Make a statement with the Snapshot bag in gold, or stick to sophisticated all-black or all-white styles. Expect multicolored leather materials with The Snapshot Airbrush camera bag.


The Snapshot Camera Bag Dimensions

The Snapshot Camera Bag

7.1 in L x 2.4 in D x 3.9 in H

Strap Length: 26.8 in

Marc Jacobs The Snapshot camera bag

Marc Jacobs

The Snapshot camera bag


Care Guide

Of course, one of your main concerns is how to clean your Marc Jacobs bag. To clean leather bags, start by brushing the fabric with a damp cloth to remove any surface stains. Once it’s clean, use a soft towel to blot away any moisture and allow it to air-dry at room temperature.


When not in use, keep your bag out of the sunshine in a place where the fabric can breathe and store it in your dust bag. If the leather is looking dry or tired, you can rehydrate it with a specialist conditioning cream. Most importantly, do not hang your bag by the handles as this will damage and misshape the bag over time.


As for canvas fabrics, they require a little more manual TLC and we recommend washing gently by hand.

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