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Marc Jacobs Fall 2005 Velvet Handbag w/ Leather and Ostrich Flower Detail Tags
New York born Marc Jacobs has plenty of experience with handbag design. Designing for French leather goods legend Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014, Jacobs certainly honed his already substantial skills. This piece, designed under his own label, comes from the 2005 fall runway collection. Gliding down the runway on an eclectic ensemble à la 2005, this black velvet bag unites wide ranges of fashion choices.
Softly gathered into a rigid top frame with kiss-lock closure, all details are attended to. Leather piping finishes the center bottom seam of the bag and skims along the edges of the folded velvet handle. Silvery ostrich leather rosettes ornament both ends of this quasi Victorian/Goth bag, and are made complete with dyed green reptile skin leaves. The interior is constructed from a soft wine-colored leather and includes an interior pocket. Evoking velvet handbags from the 1940s, this handbag transforms the humblest of ensembles into something that is simultaneously feminine and dark.
Handle Drop 7.5 inches
Height 11.5 inches
Width 12.5 inches
This handbag from Marc Jacobs’ fall 2005 collection is a delightful play on 1940s era fashion. Silvery gray rosettes, constructed from spotted ostrich leather, are stitched into swirls at both ends, and finished with leaves cut from reptile skin. Velvet handles are made from doubled and folded velvet with a piped leather finish. Straps are cinched at center with a band of smooth black leather. Leather piping also provides excellent detail and reinforcement along underside. The velvet is gently gathered into an arced rigid frame with kiss-lock closure.
Lined with dark red leather, this Marc Jacobs’ handbag includes dust bag and tags. In excellent condition, the tags indicates an original retail price of $2900. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.