The popular Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bags you need to know about 

With some of the most influential names in recent campaigns, from Kendall Jenner to Kia Gerber it is no surprise Marc Jacobs is one of the most sought-after brands amongst millennials and Gen-Z.  

We have followed their sellout handbags from the Snapshot to the iconic MJ tote bag, leading us onto the next predicted phenomenon; the Marc Jacobs shoulder bags. With the collection of shoulder bags expanding and search volumes increasing we thought we would round it up to cover the popular Marc Jacobs shoulder bags you need to know about… 

Marc Jacobs shoulder bags


Is Marc Jacobs a luxury brand? 

In short, yes Marc Jacobs is a luxury brand. The eponymous Marc Jacobs brand is the brainchild of the former Louis Vuitton Creative Director, who transformed the brand from more than a luxury luggage label to the forefront of the fashion world.

Marc Jacobs studied womenswear design at Parsons the New School for Design. His senior year consisted of three oversized sweaters hand-knit by his grandmother. He was awarded the young designer the school’s Chester Weinberg and Perry Ellis Gold Thimble award, as well as Design Student of the Year.

In 1986, Jacobs and former Beuben Thomas executive Robert Duffy launched their first design venture under the Marc Jacobs label which captured interest and earnt them the New Fashion Talent award. In 1989 Jacobs joined Perry Ellis as womenswear lead he was one of the youngest in the industry in that kind of position. He was iconically fired due to a grunge collection flop, which he sent samples to Cobain and Courtney Love, which they supposedly burnt. Jacobs and Duffy launched the Marc Jacobs International company shortly after. 

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They sold 96 percent of the shareholding to LVMH consolidating the position of the brand amongst some of the most prestigious fashion houses. Jacobs around this time also joined Louis Vuitton as Creative Director. With a string of successful collaborations with contemporary artists such as Takashi Murakami (2005), Richard Prince (2007) and Yayoi Kusama (2012) over his 15 years span at Vuitton, Jacobs earnt a highly-regarded reputation. With a designer like this behind the brand, it is one of the reasons you can call Marc Jacobs a luxury brand. 

Are Marc Jacobs bags luxury handbags?

To answer this question we looked at the quality, collection and price range. The quality of the Marc Jacobs shoulder bags is consistently high. The finish on all the details, fastenings and straps is to a really high standard. If you choose a leather style it’s a super smooth, buttery leather that is soft to touch and looks luxurious. Their bags come with a dust bag included so you can store the bag properly and wear it forever. 

Although the brand has such a varied collection, they are renowned for their fun, fashion-forward, ultra-feminine styles. They always have a wide range of vibrant colours, fabrications and prints, to choose from. Overall Marc Jacobs sits in the affordable luxury bracket in comparison to the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton, needless to say, Marc Jacobs is still a luxury brand. 

Marc Jacobs shoulder bags

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Why are Marc Jacobs bags so popular? 

Marc Jacobs has become increasingly popular as an IT brand among Gen Z and millennials. Following the success of their fragrance Daisy and their Heaven collection the brand has carved itself a unique market, resonating with youth-centred trends. 

Heaven was the collection perfectly aimed at a younger demographic. It was the first collection from their current designer Ava Nirui aka Instagram Fashion Artist @avanope and was an entanglement of 00s rave, 90s grunge and 2022 maximalist. Since then the brand has carefully built a community of faces that emphasise their place in the fashion world. So far, Doja Cat, Kendall Jenner, and Kyle MacLauchlan to name a few. 

Why are Marc Jacobs’s Shoulder bags so popular? 

There has been a huge resurgence of shoulder bag styles with the rise of Y2K trends and nostalgia. The sculptural shoulder bag has taken on the handbag world with key styles such as half moons, crescents, bowling and baguette styles being the most sought-after bags for casual and occasion wear. 

With that said we all know that Marc Jacob’s iconic tote bag is a force in itself but are their shoulder bags going to come out on top? The J Marc should bags have become a firm favourite amongst content creators for their versatility and with more shoulder styles on the way, watch this space. 

Marc Jacobs shoulder bags


Are all Marc Jacobs bags leather? 

The leather bags in the Marc Jacobs shoulder bag collection are real leather. There are other fabrications in the collection such as sequin or jacquard but the straps are still leather. 

Which are the popular Marc Jacobs shoulder bags? 

Firstly, we have the Marc Jacobs J Marc collection which is our best-selling range at the moment. Within this family there are different variations, starting with the most popular here is the rundown. 

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1# The J Marc Shoulder Bag 

This comes in two sizes the J Marc shoulder bag and the Mini J Marc shoulder bag. Both bags are made from soft leather, they have a detachable chain and logo-woven webbing straps that you can wear in dual ways. They have the designer plaque and gold-tone hardware on the front. The fold of style has a magnetic front flap closure to keep your belongings secure.

#2 Marc Jacobs The Sequin J Leather Shoulder Bag

It’s made from leather and layered with sequins that change colour when brushed. With three ways to wear it, choose between wearing it crossbody with interchangeable straps or as a clutch. Its leather and chain shoulder straps, designer plaque, gold-tone hardware with internal card slots and a magnetic front flap closure.

3# The Puffy Diamond Quilted J Leather Bag

This plush iteration of Marc Jacobs’ aptly named shoulder bag is made from buttery leather and lightly filled for a puffy feel. With three ways to wear it, choose between wearing it crossbody with interchangeable straps or as a clutch. It has an internal zipped pocket, fully lined and magnetic front flap closure.

4# The J Marc Chain Leather Satchel Bag 

The Marc Jacobs The J Marc Chain satchel bag comes in leather in a range of colours. It has a chain-trimmed handle, detachable logo-woven webbing shoulder strap and logo plaque. The bag has two internal compartments, a zipped pocket, fully lined with a magnetic front flap closure.


Written by Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

Writer and expert