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New York design legend Marc Jacobs studied at Parsons School of Design before founding his namesake label in 1986 with business partner Robert Duffy. A successful diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and period heading up Louis Vuitton have only added to his cult appeal. With a focus on premium fabrics and flawless construction, Jacobs has a talent for creating must-have accessories. Expect printed backpacks in signature designs as well as cleaner, contemporary silhouettes in buttery soft leathers.

The Marc Jacobs Backpacks Buying Guide

Marc Jacobs is one of the world's most influential and successful designers in the fashion world. The success of the brand is due to his diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs and the designer's stint at Louis Vuitton. With a strong focus on premium fabrics and impeccable craftsmanship, season after season, the brand offers must-have handbags that are a mix of personality and wearability. Expect leather crossbody bags in bright hues, perforated patent leather totes, and nylon printed backpacks with signature logos. Cleaner, contemporary silhouettes in buttery soft leather are also on offer, such as The Tag Tote bag.

The Most Wanted Marc Jacobs Backpacks

  • Marc Jacobs Biker Backpack

    The Biker backpack is a must-have item for any accessories enthusiast who likes to keep all their daily essentials in one place. Available in an array of colours and prints, it is crafted from lightweight, high-performance nylon fabric. This backpack is all about the zips. It features the brand's signature dual external zip compartments and adjustable padded straps for a comfortable fit. A mini version of the Biker backpack is also available.

  • Marc Jacobs Ripstop Backpack

    Marc Jacobs' Ripstop backpack is perfect for the woman who likes her bag to make a statement. Designed in modern fabrics such as techno and nylon with waxed and metallic finishes for a striking effect. Each style features multiple compartments to stow away essentials and a drawstring fastening with a foldover flap secured with clasp closure.

  • Marc Jacobs Pictogram Backpack

    The Pictogram backpack is a fresh update on an everyday style. It is made from lightweight nylon or canvas materials and elevated with logos and Marc Jacobs branding. This design features the brand's signature dual zip fastenings, multiple compartments and adjustable webbing straps. Some Pictogram backpacks are complete with a removable yellow whistle, representing the brand's unpredictable and irreverent approach.

How To Care For Your Marc Jacobs Backpacks

Marc Jacobs bags are crafted from leather, canvas or nylon and designed to age well over time. Although the bags are durable and made to last for years, they do require care. All bags Marc Jacobs comes with a care card and an 18-month warranty; however, this does not include a cleaning service.​

Unsure on how to clean your leather bags? Marc Jacobs recommends you protect your leather bags with a suitable leather protector before taking them outside. A good leather protector acts as a shield from marks and scratches. Before applying any product to your bag, we recommend you always test it first on a small area of the bag, using the product gently, with your hands. A word of caution, baby wipes are never a good idea to clean leather bags, as they contain creams that can discolour the leather.​

For maximum effect, ensure you regularly apply leather protectant to your bag(s) to ensure the barrier is consistent.​

Where possible, Marc Jacobs advises avoiding getting your bag wet. ​If you do get your leather bag wet, let it dry and rub gently with a soft cloth. When you're not using the bag, they recommend that you store it in the protective dust bag that comes with all Marc Jacobs bags.

How to remove stains

A common stain found on leather bags, mainly on the handles are stains caused by hand cream. Although, if you've already protected your bag, you will have time to remove it before it settles.​

​When it comes to ink stains, Marc Jacobs recommend leaving this to a specialist, as they are hard to remove and cannot be done at home.​

With nylon bags, they suggest you spot clean your bag with a damp cloth and to avoid using any harsh products.


How can you tell if your Marc Jacobs backpack is authentic?

Here are a few ways to know for sure if your Marc Jacobs bag is real:

• Dustbags: All Marc Jacobs bags and purses come with a protective dust bag in various styles and colours. For example, white bags with Marc Jacobs branding in black across the front, and black bags with Marc Jacobs branding in white along the front.

• Care cards: Every bag is accompanied by a care card that features instructions and recommendations on how to care for, protect and clean your bag.

• Booklet and an authenticity card: A small booklet and detailing the product features, materials and other relevant information. You will also always find an authenticity card included with every purchase.

• Genuine Marc Jacobs bags will feature a solid piece of metal on the inside with the imprint 'Marc Jacobs'. Look out for the 'Made in' stamp which should also be found on the metal.

• Some new Marc Jacobs handbags feature a tag with 'Made in' and the season code detailed located on the bottom side of the interior pocket.

• Riri zips: A good indication of the authenticity of a Marc Jacobs bag is the zip. "riri" zippers are always used on his bags. 

Are Marc Jacobs bags made of leather?

Most Marc Jacobs bags are made of leather. However, the type of leather does vary per style and collection. Premium leather such as Python skin, deer and cattle are used for bags that tend to be priced at the higher end due to the cost of production. For example, the iconic Stam bags and the Quilted Snakeskin Embossed Leather tote bag. Other designs such as the Snapshot Camera collection are crafted from smooth leather and completed with webbing crossbody straps. Whereas as The Softshot crossbody bags are made from natural quilted leather or grainy leather, with gold D-ring hardware. Most of the backpacks, such as the Ripstop and the Pictogram backpacks, are made from nylon. 

Does Marc Jacobs sell vegan bags?

Marc Jacobs bags have previously designed vegan leather bags, such as the Lizzie and Lizzie Dotty Snake series and a shoulder tote bag. Today, you will find that Marc Jacobs does make a lot of bags made from nylon; these are mainly backpacks. Unlike many other luxury brands, where you tend to find their nylon or fabric styles feature leather details, the great thing about Marc Jacobs nylon bags, are that the straps and features are polyurethane or faux leather.