In the Market Report by Marilyn Kirschner

The phrase “It Bag” has been thrown around ad nausea within the annals of fashion for several decades. According to Wikipedia, “The term was coined in the 1990s with the explosive growth of the handbag market in fashion. Designers competed to produce a single, easily recognizable design which, if cleverly marketed, endorsed by the fashion press, or seen being carried by a celebrity, would become that season’s must-have bag, selling in large numbers”.

MM6 Black Mesh triangle bag snapped

But I say, “Different strokes for different folks”, and naturally, the idea of what is an “It bag” may vary from one person to another, or to paraphrase Bill Clinton: “It all depends of what your definition of ‘IT’ is.” While I understand the appeal of certain highly sought after iconic luxury bags, after they become mainstream, they will invariably be knocked off all over the world. Because I prefer to be more individual, and NOT look like a carbon copy of everyone else, my tastes tend to gravitate to those items that are less obvious and a bit more under the radar than traditional status symbols. Even better when they’re the bi product of well thought out design, combine form and function, and are available at a price that won’t insult your intelligence. The essence of modern!

MM6 Gray Mesh Neoprene Tote

All of which perfectly describe the signature plush double mesh neoprene triangle hobo bags for MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, $185- $195. Roomy (21.75” H X 20” L; 14” X 19” when folded flat), lightweight and foldable, they are perfect for toting, shopping, and traveling. They are made of durable polyester, feature an open top with an interior silver snap fastening tab, and are cotton lined with a deep pocket inside that snaps shut. A snap fastening tab at the bottom allows you to change their size and shape in an instant. The single handle with leather detailing is perfectly sized to allow you to carry it three ways: it can be hand held, you can carry it in the crook of your elbow, or wear on your shoulder.

La Garconne MM6 Red Mesh Neoprene Tote

Initially offered in red, black, and gray, they would make a most welcome holiday gift (for you or a good friend, or both!). They are being sold at MM6 stores (363 Bleecker Street, 646 664 1655; 91 Grand Street, 646 781 7852), and online.  has a red version has a available. is sold out of the gray and black but still has the red version, are available in red, black, and gray, and they are now 30% off.

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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