January 14th, 2019
On My Mind

Long or Short?

Snaps on handbag straps are my bugaboo. I broke so many on my Céline hobos that I bought pre-owned bags just for the straps. One of the biggest selling points when I bought this Marni Trunk was that it could be worn under the arm or messenger style. But deep down, I knew it was too good to be true. Sure enough, last week one of the snaps broke while I was adjusting the strap. I’m hopeful that the store where I bought the handbag or Marni can help, but if not, I’m going to take it to the Leather Spa and have the strap sewn down. Since the strap will no longer be adjustable, I need to decide if I will wear the bag more often over the shoulder or cross body. Hmm…


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Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • If I had to choose for myself i would keep it long. Don’t know if this helps…. beautiful bag either way:)

    SharonJanuary 14th, 2019  12:35 PM

  • . . . Being the practical type from the Midwest, where we pretty much insist on getting our money’s worth, I would return it and insist on credit as charged. At the very least, they need to handle the repair for you. A clasp on my Knot Bag once broke, and Bottega Veneta NY was wonderful about it. They had me send it to them, they apparently have someone in house or on retainer to repair their beautiful (expensive) bags.

    PaulaJanuary 14th, 2019  11:34 PM

  • My two bits: this style looks more youthful as a crossbody. And I find crossbody more comfortable unless the bag is very light.

    MMSJanuary 15th, 2019  3:53 AM

  • I agree, going to keep it long.

    PrestonJanuary 15th, 2019  5:19 AM

  • Paula, I see things the same way.

    SharonJanuary 15th, 2019  7:00 AM

  • Go to Art Bag on Madison Ave ! I bet you won’t have to choose !!

    Brooke Garber NeidichJanuary 15th, 2019  8:32 AM

  • Brooke’s suggestion was my thought. I love Art Bag and hope they stay in business forever.

    karenJanuary 15th, 2019  9:15 AM

  • Marni should fix for you! Also, good to buy a bag that allows for attachments and have the option of changing out different straps/lengths/widths/colors.

    mathildeJanuary 15th, 2019  9:37 AM

  • I agree with the comments about insisting on some kind of satisfaction. At the very least, you should be able to get a snap exactly like the original so when attached the bag looks like it never broke. I am not familiar with the specific snap on the bag, but the hardware on these bags is sometimes unique and that would be the most distressing aspect to me on such an expensive item. Not to mention, the manufacturer should get your feedback so it can reevaluate the snaps they are using. I also think the crossbody wearing is more practical and current.

    AprilJanuary 15th, 2019  10:12 AM

  • Art Bag, of course!

    PrestonJanuary 15th, 2019  10:41 AM

  • Crossbody. Always.

    DianeJanuary 15th, 2019  12:58 PM

  • The crossbody seems to be holding its ground as the dominant trend with this style of bag. Danish model Amalie Moosegaard wore it short with a fisherman’s bag a few years ago and it was really cute. And shorter straps seem to be coming back in style with all of the young influencers and their Fendi, Prada and By Far baguettes. I would probably start crossbody and shorten the strap later if it is still in good condition.

    Sara G.January 15th, 2019  2:11 PM

  • I agree with Paula!

    LynnJanuary 15th, 2019  10:58 PM

  • How annoying! Do hope the local Marni agent is reading and feeling suitably galvanised to action. Otherwise, it looks like long it is.

    ClaireJanuary 16th, 2019  4:58 AM

  • I feel horrified that Marni has no aftercare when the prices they charge indicate that the brand thinks it belongs with the companies who actually do look after their customers once they’ve paid for the items, (Bottega Veneta, and Prada and Anya Hindmarch, to name just a couple that I have had good experiences with).

    In any case, I agree with most posters here- long is good… and current.
    You could always shorten it later if you still like the bag when short straps are more fashionable.

    BeccaJanuary 16th, 2019  6:23 AM


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