goiingnuts,I purchased this bag from NM a month ago and shipped it back the very same afternoon.
The photo that NM had up looked great but the distressed leather in the Ale color is horrible to put it mildly.
The light color looked like it had been drug through the mud.
The bag itself is made well for the money but it's much better in darker shades.
The NM was kind enough to refund my shipping fee which they don't normally do as an everyday practice.
Agree with Cat on the distressed leather, I didn't like it at all! I saw this bag in 3 other colors (darker ones -- tan, blue, yellow) in person and I felt like all of them were heavily abused (like Cat described). Style wise, it's cute.
hey goiingnuts, if the bag doesnt work out with zappos, would you consider the lila tote (in white)? i feel the distressed leather works better when it is alone and not paired a 'nicer' leather like the tooled satchel.
so.. this is what they call distress leather. kind of have to agree to cat's and bag.lover's comment on how it look like as if they were heavily abused.
the tag provides an explaination for the abused look:
"this handbag has been made with care from high quality genuine leather. after assembly, this bag was carefully washed and dried to achieve our signature marc by marc jacobs look. any variations in color and texture are intentional and make each piece unique."
urm.. i never knew marc by mj has this kind of signature look. i'm still thinking about keeping the bag... it kind of match my outfit today. the tags and tissue paper are still on, coz' i might decide to return it.