November 21, 2012

Video: Watch How A Marc Jacobs Bag Is Made Entirely By Hand

Looking for a new handbag? How about a fabulous Marc Jacobs design? Whether it’s the Venetia, the Stam, the Classic, the Single, or any other model, when you choose a MJ purse, you’re sure to get the top of the line in the leather bags department.

In the Marc Jacobs Milan workshop, every material that goes into the making of a MJ handbag is carefully hand-picked, from the fine leather and the fabric used for the lining, to the belts, buckles, zippers and any other embellishments that make each purse unique and fabulous.

And if you happen to have any doubts whether the investment is worth what you’re getting, there are a myriad reasons to support this.

The story of each Marc Jacobs handbag begins with the Tannery Workshop, located in Florence, Italy, and open since 1987, where the leather goes for processing. A special spray technique used for colouring ensures that the colour is distributed evenly across the surface of the fabric, while another one, known as “tamponatura”, enhances the natural grain of the leather, giving it an added value. All this is done entirely by hand, which makes every piece of leather unique, as well as valuable.

After the colouring process is done, the leather is checked for brightness and for softness, and then, graded according to three quality levels. The parts that present any imperfections will eventually be cut out and not be used to make the handbags.


All this ensures that when you buy a Marc Jacobs handbag, you only get top of the notch leather, which has been checked both in terms of aspect and durability multiple times before being used to make a purse.

Different tests, such as the colour transferring test or the test for resistance to abrasion are performed on the leathers by special machines, to ensure their high quality. The metal accessories, such as belts, chains or buckles, are tested as well, with the help of a test that simulates accelerated aging.

Behind the doors of the Hardware Workshop, located in Florence, Italy, since 1963, the metal accessories are being carefully handcrafted, using materials such as eco brass, as well as a series of special skills and lots of patience.

It actually takes five or six years for a person to learn the skills to make a handbag, given how much work and dedication this type of handcrafting requires.

With such elaborate techniques used to make each and every Marc Jacobs handbag, the price tag is definitely worth the splurge. You can very well think of a bag as an investment, given that it will not only last much longer than a cheaper alternative, which is bound to break or get discoloured after very few months of daily wear, but will also remain in style for seasons to come, due to its innate elegance.

Find out even more details about how Marc Jacobs handbags are made, including details about how many leather pieces, metal components and years of practice it takes to make a Stam bag, by watching this clip:



If you don’t feel tempted enough by now, which is positively impossible, have a look at our picks, to choose the perfect Marc Jacobs handbag and treat yourself to it:

Top row: From left to right: The Classic – €980; Small Venetia Matte Leather – €1,170; Stam – €1,100; Clutch – €390

Bottom row: From left to right: Large Single – €1,560; Large Single – €700; Little Stam Cross Body – €780; Large Eugenie – €430

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