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Marc Marmel, Margiela, Louis and Zara

My outfit sounds like an 80’s Euro pop quartet.  Anyway, on my way to back from the U of T, I stopped with my fav photographer, Matthew St. James for a quick shoot.

I had a lot of baggage (like most days… ha, ha, I kid) so I broke out my treasured Marc Marmel bag entitled “The Benny”.  The rough, cracked leather exterior  and raw, vibrant silk lining make this piece of luggage something special.  I always get into debates on whether it’s primarily dark brown or black.  I’m fairly certain it’s black, but it pairs very well with both. 

bag toss

Carrying the themes in the bag forward, I donned the cracked Margiela painted pants by H&M, incorporated a sweat shirt with leather detail from Zara and pulled it together with Louis Vuitton sandals.  Accessories were pretty basic: two sliver John Hardy necklaces, Dolce sunnies and a Gucci sports watch.

Marc Marmel raw silk and louis vuitton sandals

Dolce sunglasses

Moving beyond the outfit, here’s some more info on Mr Marmel:

Marc Marmel was a CAA agent turned designer Marc Marmel came up with the idea for his line of distinctive luggage and carryalls while on vacation in the French Riviera in 2005, after seeing all the precious Louis Vuitton, Goyard and Hermès bags coming off the airport conveyer belt. He decided that even if he had all the money in the world, he’d be nervous about scratching those designer pieces.

With visions of the golden age of travel, of steamer trunks that looked more beautiful as they aged, he conceived his initial six pieces right then, and put his resources toward producing samples in Italy. And Maxfield bought them.

Fear of scuffs is not an issue, as the antique-feel cracked-calfskin leather continues to crease and change as it’s used. “It’s like a fingerprint,” he says. “No two are exactly alike. It’s anti–big luxury and anti-label.”

Russell Brand, David and Victoria Beckham, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon and the Rolling Stones are all fans, and the fashion world is taking notice. Last year, Marmel won the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for accessories, beating out more than 1,000 entrants.

Zara shirt

“I want to do the Ferragamo story,” he says, referring to the Italian cobbler who came to Hollywood to work with stars in the 1920s and make it in the luxury-goods business. “I want to be a Southern California–made luxury brand known for quality.” Available at Maxfield and Barneys New York . The line includes a number of  lightweight pieces—lined in funky silk brocades and secured with vintage-inspired hardware, is made in L.A. In addition to the suitcases ($1,300–$1,800), Marmel has expanded to include wallets and iPad cases ($250–$395), day bags ($800–$1,300) and even custom guitar cases ($3,900). You can find out more on (the site take a while to load so be patient).

Marc Marmel and Margiela

Marc Marmel, Margiela, Louis and Zara

Head to Toe:

  • Dolce Sunglasses
  • John Hardy Necklace
  • Zara sweat shirt with leather top
  • Margiela with H&M pants
  • The Benny bag by MM
  • Louis Vuitton footwear

Chilling after class

Mark St. James in Toronto

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