9.29.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Marc Jacobs Stam for a Steal

I’ve always loved her. Stam, that is. The way an ebony-hued blush creeps over her body when glanced upon; the gold highlights that virtually work to both enhance and accentuate her beauty; the pillowy plushness of her form that is oh-so huggable. Forgive me, perhaps I’ve lead you on; perchance you thought I was discussing Jessica Stam. While I adore the blue-eyed, button-nosed beauty whom struts her stuff on the runway, at present time I am discussing her handbag counterpart – the Marc by Marc Jacobs Stam Frame.

It was the vintage inspiration that did it this time, kittens. Though I can’t remember my grandmother, I remember her handbag quite well – a beige number with a gleaming gold kiss-lock closure; the very same type of closure that the Stam possesses. While completely modern and state of the art, it is this very antiquated inclusion, paired with the Chanel 2.55-like quilting that lends an Old Hollywood type of glamour, a Valley of the Dolls influenced tribute, to the accessory, making it a must for my lust list.

Unfortunately, that’s where it will stay; upon a list of items I desire, but may not own for years down the road, if ever; for while the Stam Frame Bag is a divine and debonair reticule full of retro refinement, it is well out of my price range. At $1,350.00 I surely don’t have that type of cash to toss out on a sole item – no matter how grandiose said item may be – and even if I did, once purchased, I would likely have not even a spare penny to carry within its luscious leather folds, having spent the last of my savings on the picturesque pouch itself.

I suppose I should tell you now darlings, when it comes to purchasing accessories, I am anything but a patient person. When I want it, I want it now; thus, I refuse to stand by and salivate over the original. Instead, I have taken matters into my own hands and found a Stam that I can call my own at this very moment. Her name? Samantha.

At $38, Shop Suey Boutique’s Samantha Satchel is the answer to our Stam starvation. Like the lovely it’s modeled after, Samantha is constructed of a quilted, leather-like material that sports an inner zip pocket, in addition to inner pouches with your cell phone and sunnies in mind. But we cannot overlook the two piece de resistance finishing touches: the très air-smooch worthy kiss-lock closure, and removable gold chain shoulder strap – a duo of qualities that make me wonderfully woozy; and seal the deal on this Samantha steal.

I’m dying to know dolls…will you splurge, or walk the trail of the tightwad?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Monterey County Weekly and Shop Suey Boutique for the pictures.
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47 comments

Keith said...

That is really cool. Did you ever seen that doc done called Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton? I saw it on Sundance the other week.

ONiC said...

if im not always poor, i really want to have that bag lol

ONiC said...

if im not always poor, i really want to have that bag lol

Little Red said...

Both of these bags look fab! And they're very similar. Love the quilting and the gold chain!

Couture Cookie said...

I love the Stam! It is very similar to the MJ quilted chain strap (exactly the same thick chan!) hobo that I bought after hours of hours of thinking whether I should oi not... I'd say splurge on bags and shoes, and wear cheaper clothes instead!

Femke said...

Wow, I'm in love with these bags I guess.
They're both nice, nice, nice!

Lily G. said...

Marc Jacobs, I heart you!!

Dina's Days said...

Both Samantha and Stam are just lovely. What a great addition to your wardrobe! I have always loved the look of gold and black together.This bag is the entire package, you can never go wrong with a quilted, chain black and gold bag. You just can't! You and I both have handbags on our minds today :)

kpeach said...

they are very similar! you are also very convincing:)

FabBlab said...

I want. Reallyreallyreally bad.
I'm posting again!!!

Children of the 90s said...

Great find on the cheap version! It's a pretty classic style, so it may be something to splurge for...but I'm sure my budget would be happier to buy the $38 version :)

Princess Liberty said...

This bag looks lovely

ana said...

Oh this is the perfect bag for me... I can put there everything I need... I want to say "Congratulations" for the special award the girls of Hifashion gave to you!!! you are really a great girl and want to thank you for always leaving a comment in my posts... you are truly a great blogger friend...

meraldia said...

My own budget would also be happier with Samantha!

becca. said...

THE BAG IS GORGEOUS :)
jessica stam is too :)
thankyou for the lovely comment
on my blog!
have a lovely day :)
XOXO, BECCA

jessica said...

sooo gorgeous.
yes , i would adre to have that hanging off my arm .. for the steal price, of course ;]

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing find, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Panda said...

I want those bags. WOW! Love the chain strap and quilting!!

Panda xx

Jaime said...

Wow that bag is nearly identical!!! I can't tell the difference and so my wallet won't either- the $38 one!

The Blonde Duck said...

I am the cheapest person ever.

Maybe Santa will bring it to you...

janettaylor said...

Great alternative, dear!

XoXo

michelle said...

hehe it's like a fashionista's dirty little secret ;) And thank you for the warm welcome back! I enabled comments on my new blog so please let me know what you think! xxo

Ediot said...

its a great bag- but im getting just a wee bit tired of it- in a couple of years im probably going to love it more again-(loved it when it came)

nookie said...

thanks for sharing the site dear, it's awesome:)
the Stam bag costs more that one year in my college:))

Sherin said...

Why is it so pretty? And why can't I have it. That is a lot of money for a bag, no matter how gorgeous. So, I'm a tightwad this week.

S.Elisabeth said...

steal definitely!! agh why wasted so much money?!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

What a great alternative!! They pretty much look the same! xoxoxo

Savvy Gal said...

wow, great alternative. Great find.

Emily said...

tightwad all the way! they look so similar -- and very stylish.

Sam said...

Very fine indeed! Practically twins!

Flashes of Style said...

Amaaazing bag! I am in love :)

MizzJ said...

Wow that is like a straight up replica of the Stam! I would rather have the Stam though b/c I know that every time I would look at the Samantha, it would just remind me of the one I couldn't have. That being said.. it's certainly hard to resist a cheaper replica...

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Gabbi said...

Great finds, and I definitely walk the tightwad trial :) So sad.

Dani said...

they're both really nice... i mean, of course i would prefer the real stam, but who can really afford that?

by the way, i love cocktail rings, too. i wear them with everything. so great!

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Taylor Sterling said...

I love this! What a great steal. I love this bag. My gf got one from ebay and still payed a good $600 for it. I can't even pay that. This is great. Thanks for the tip!

Mimi said...

such a beautiful bag. i'm sure i'll still want this 5 years from now where i'll actually be able to afford it. love your blog!!! :)

Kristin said...

I'm tightwadding it up this Fall!

lamodedejuline said...

enjoying this post. Great deal on the cheaper one.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Ohhh darling, amazing job!! I'd go for the $38 and then go buy some makeup. Does that defeat the purpose?

Um, and I love you. Like LOVE. Like how much I love that the Hills is back on tonight (don't judge me and still love me)...I think you understand exactly what I meant. Good, fabulous things and MEN are in our future and aren't they going to be the lucky ones, if I do say so myself.

I am loving our new bloggy friendship!! :)

OH. And I lol'ed when you mentioned running your hands through the clip in bangs...I would do the exact same thing. And they'd fall into my martini. Not cute. Def going to look for a cheap option, OR just whack em off...
K longest comment ever DONE!

la petite fashionista said...

the stam bag is one of those timeless it bags that will never go out of style! The Shop Suey version is really cute especially for the price!

trendkat said...

I simply LOVE the way you describe every little detail. No ma'am...this isn't just any Handbag... its a brilliant work of art!

Leigh said...

I love this bag!! and am constantly fighting with my self on splurges and and being tightwad... ;)

Amelia said...

Wow, what a deal! I love the chain.

Kellie Collis said...

Beautiful bag! x

Miss Neira said...

I just love any purse with chains period..so classy so Chanel..I love

E said...

I cannot believe how similar they look!!

miriam said...

erica, what i've been missing out on so many treats. these are divine!

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