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The Marc Jacobs handbag styles you need to know: a size, fit and care guide


Timeless, standout and instantly recognizable — there’s no mistaking a Marc Jacobs bag. The designer has always had a big impact on the fashion industry, from his era-defining grunge collection in the early 1990s to his appointment as creative director of Louis Vuitton in 1997, where he created the French house’s very first ready-to-wear line.


Today, Marc Jacobs bags are one of the highlights of the brand’s collections, and for good reason. Bold and bright, The Snapshot — with its iconic double-J logo — is a firm favorite among celebs including Kaia Gerber to Gigi Hadid, while the ever-popular The Tote Bag comes in a range of textures and finishes.


With so much choice, it can be difficult to know where to start. Which size should you go for? How to care for it? What do they really fit inside? Our Marc Jacobs bag guide takes a deep-dive into the brand’s key designs.

The Monogram Bag


The monogram plays a big part in Marc Jacobs collections, from fall 2022’s denim pieces to the Monogram bag. A key style for the more-is-more dresser, these bold leather bags come in a range of two-tone colorways and many shapes to suit every style.


First up, The Monogram J Marc Mini Shoulder Bag. This mini version of the brand’s signature J Marc Shoulder Bag is sealed by the iconic hardware and can be worn for both smart and casual occasions by swapping the chain shoulder strap with the thin leather cross-body strap. You could even carry it as a clutch for night as its compact size only allows a phone, bank cards and lipstick inside.


The Monogram Leather Micro Bucket Bag reinvigorates the house’s signature bucket shape with a striking logo print, although its petite dimensions mean you may need an extra tote for your bulkier items.


Lastly, The Monogram Leather Micro Tote provides the perfect option for a casual look thanks to its detachable cross-body strap. Its small size holds your necessities, such as phone, keys, wallet and a snack.


Size guide


The Monogram Leather J Marc Mini Shoulder Bag

Dimensions: 19cm L x 11cm D x 4cm H

Strap drop: 68cm

Handle drop: 23cm


The Monogram Leather Leather Micro Bucket Bag

Dimensions: 14cm L x 14cm D x 17cm H

Strap drop: 69cm

Handle drop: 13cm


The Monogram Leather Micro Tote

Dimensions:18cm L x 10cm D x 17cm H

Strap drop: 48cm

Handle drop: 9cm

Marc Jacobs The Monogram Leather Mini Tote bag

Marc Jacobs

The Monogram Leather Mini Tote bag


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, it is a true fashion staple. Switch it up with the interchangeable bag accessories, including everything from logo straps to chain designs. And now, the bag’s iconic logo comes in more than just the classic tote shape.


First up, there’s the original: The Tote Bag. It’s made to be carried by its large handles and is capable of holding all your essentials. Featuring the logo on the front, the bag is available in multiple colorways, finishes and sizes to suit all occasions. This large one is the perfect companion for busy days when you need your laptop, makeup, travel mug and more to take you from work to shopping and beyond.


The Bucket Bag offers a fresh take on the logo, presented via contrasting debossed lettering against grained leather. This handy size allows you to fit in more than just your valuables, making it a natural choice for everyday use. We love that it can be worn cross-body for a casual look or carried by the handle for a night out. But what can it fit inside? A mobile, wallet, a small mirror and maybe even a snack. Opt for the leather options in several different colorways or be bold via the monogram-print iterations.


A downsized version comes in the form of The Pouch Clutch Bag. The compact size comes in all-over faux shearling with logo on one side and a branded patch on the other. Its miniature form means it's only really suitable for credit cards, so it works beautifully worn on the wrist for a night out. Choose from a black and white combination, light pink or pastel yellow.


Size guide


The Tote Bag (large)

Dimensions: 42cm L x 16cm D x 34cm H

Handle drop: 24cm


The Bucket Bag:

Dimensions: 16cm L x 16cm D x 21cm H

Strap drop: 68cm Handle drop: 23cm


The Pouch Clutch Bag

Dimensions: 13 cm L x 2cm D x 18 cm H

Handle drop: 12cm

The Snapshot


Since its debut in 2018, the Marc Jacobs Snapshot has been seen on the arm of many a celebrity and even made a special appearance in ‘Emily In Paris’. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular — the simple shape, double-J hardware, adjustable straps, plus two zip sections and interior and exterior slip pockets make it handy for everyday wear. Consider this compact cross-body a must when you only need the essentials at hand, such as your phone, cardholder, keys and lip balm.


Its most distinguishable feature? The various strap options, allowing you to personalize the bag however you like. Choose from an all-black grunge-inspired style with piercing motifs to the sides; the blue Americana Snapshot bag complete with a fabric strap in stars and stripes, or even the green leather bag with silver-tone studs along the strap. The choice is yours.


Size guide


The Pierced Snapshot

Dimensions: 18cm L x 6cm D x 11cm H

Strap drop: 43cm to 68cm


The Americana Snapshot

Dimensions: 18cm L x 6cm D x 11cm H

Strap drop: 68cm


The Studded Snapshot

Dimensions: 18cm L x 6cm D x 11cm H

Strap drop: 75cm

The Teddy Tote Bag


Arguably Marc Jacobs’ most iconic silhouette, The Tote Bag has had an autumn-ready update. Now available in teddy fabric, the brand-new iteration is soft, eye-catching and playful. Consider it the textural twin of its predecessor. But what size should you go for and what can they really fit inside?


With The Teddy Micro Tote, Marc Jacobs puts forward a strong case for teeny-tiny bags. This super-downsized accessory comes in the plush teddy fabric with a removable and adjustable cross-body strap, allowing various styling options. Wear it across your body when it comes to your next big night out — it will hold a phone, a purse and your favorite lipstick.


Next up is The Teddy Mini Tote Bag. With all the same features as the micro, this roomier offering is a great alternative to your everyday handbag. It has space for a phone, sunglasses and makeup bag.


If you haven’t quite mastered the art of traveling light, then The Teddy Medium Tote Bag will be your best friend. Its generous size means it’s the natural option if you need to carry anything from a laptop to an extra layer.


Choose from a variety of colorways, including green, black, pink, gray and beige.


Size guide


The Teddy Micro Tote Bag

Dimensions: 18cm L x 10cm D x 15cm H

Strap drop: 48cm Handle drop: 9cm


The Teddy Mini Tote Bag

Dimensions: 26cm L x 13cm D x 21cm H

Strap drop: 69cm Handle drop: 11cm


The Teddy Medium Tote Bag

Dimensions: 34cm L x 15cm D x 27cm H

Strap drop: 69cm Handle drop: 12cm

The Shiny Crinkle Tote Bag


Playing with texture and feel, the tote bag gets a shiny new makeover in a crinkle effect. The 100% glossy leather construction and understated branding add a grown-up twist to the classic Marc Jacobs Tote Bag. Not sure which size will fit into your wardrobe best? We’ve rounded up what each bag fits inside so you can make the best selection for you.


The Shiny Crinkle Medium Tote Bag is our top selection for work or days out thanks to its roomy design. This bag fits a hat or scarf, a notepad and a travel mug too, so no need to sacrifice those larger items when out and about. Choose from three different colorways: black, brown and pink.


We love The Shiny Crinkle Mini Tote Bag when you need a slightly larger take on the micro trend, as this size fits in more than your average when it comes to smaller bags; gloves, sunglasses, a makeup bag and a wallet will slot in nicely here. This style comes in blue, pink and black on FARFETCH now.


Go super-small with the The Shiny Crinkle Micro Tote Bag: perfect for those who enjoy being carefree with what they carry. The compact size is perfect for your phone, wallet, keys and bronzer.


Size guide


The Shiny Crinkle Medium Tote Bag

Dimensions: 34cm L x 15cm D x 27cm H

Strap drop: 69cm

Handle drop: 12cm


The Shiny Crinkle Mini Tote Bag

Dimensions: 30cm L x 10cm D x 20cm H

Strap drop: 60cm

Handle drop: 10cm


The Shiny Crinkle Micro Tote Bag

Dimensions: 18cm L x 10cm D x 15cm H

Strap drop: 48cm

Handle drop: 9cm

How to extend the life of your Marc Jacobs bags


Want to make room for a new Marc Jacobs bag? Our FARFETCH Second Life service allows you to sell your pre-loved designer bags to clear space in your closet. Plus, you’ll earn FARFETCH credit which you can put towards your new buy.


If your handbag needs a little TLC, our FARFETCH Fix service is here to help. Powered by the Restory — a leading aftercare company — it offers bespoke repairs by specialist artisans, restoring designer shoes, handbags and small leather goods to their former glory.


These two services are part of what we call Positively FARFETCH — helping luxury fashion lovers think, act and choose more positively.

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