Q. I recently purchased a Kooba bag, the “Marcelle” style in the Moss green color. This bag was a bit of a splurge for me and I was so excited to find it and could not wait for it to arrive! I was thinking that this bag would be something that would still be in style for the next few seasons. However, since receiving it a week ago, and after having seen some of the fall magazines highlighting bags that are a “cleaner less detailed style”, I'm now wondering whether this style - with the grommets all over the bag and handles, the laces and the outside pockets at each end - is something that is going to carry me through a few seasons or whether it is already “kind of out of style”.
Since I have not yet used the bag, I'm now wondering if I should return it and look for a style with less detailing and a cleaner sleeker appearance, or if this Marcelle bag that I purchased is a style that will still be fashionable through this year and into next year at least. While I'd love to have the luxury of being able to buy the “hottest” bag each season as the celebrities do, that is not my reality...but I do want a great, fashionable quality bag that can carry me through a few seasons! Thanks in advance for your perspective! -Bag it or not?
A. First rule of fashion—LOVE what you buy. If you love it, don’t get caught up in the what’s in and what’s out list that fashion editors comprise. Carry it with confidence. Kooba is a great bag company known for their detailing and luxe leathers. While the grommets and lacing are evident, the bag isn't overwhelmed with additional big buckles or oversized outside pockets that might make it trendy. It’s a great bag that should last a few seasons if well taken care of. My only question would be the color—do you believe you have enough pieces in your wardrobe, including classic colored jackets and coats to use this as an everyday bag? I adore that you’re choosing color, but you should have a backup bag (it needn’t be pricey) that is brown or black for some occasions.
Kooba Marcelle bag, $595 at revolveclothing.com