American designer Marc Jacobs is the recipient of many laurels, including the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award by CFDA. But he is best credited to have helped Louis Vuitton evolve from a luggage label to a highly valuable fashion powerhouse. Prior to taking the helm as creative director at the French house, he founded Marc Jacobs International with Robert Duffy in 1984. His namesake label continues to exist with offerings ranging from ready-to-wear to beauty.
Marc Jacobs has created many memorable designs, some even defining the fashion movement of the day. One such stroke of genius was the Stam bag, released in 2005 and named after Canadian model Jessica Stam. According to Vogue, the demand for Stam was so intense that waiting lists were closed. In design, there is no bag like the Marc Jacobs Stam. It is a heavily quilted accessory that has a noticeable kiss-lock and a shoulder chain.
The bag we picked this week is a grand version of the Stam bag by Marc Jacobs. Flawlessly crafted using suede and leather, the bag has blue crystals spread across the exterior, and they make the quilted pattern more prominent. A zip pocket is added on the front and on top, there is a frame opening secured by a kiss-lock in gold-tone metal. The bag is not just packed with visuals, it is also delightfully practical. It has a spacious fabric-lined interior with a zip pocket and two handles that are designed for an easeful grip. The finishing touches are the metal studs to protect the base and the optional shoulder chain for hands-free days.
Discontinued in 2013, the Marc Jacobs Stam is loved and collected for its vintage appeal and ‘It’ bag status. The fact that the bag had waitlists testify to how great a design it was. About Stam, Marc Jacobs told Evening Standard, “I had no idea it would be so successful.”