Happy Friday! I can finally reveal what I’ve been hinting you guys after my Portland trip. I made a designer purchase at the Nordstrom store in downtown Portland, and it was the beautiful Musubi Midi bag from Acne Studios. And I love every inch of it!
Before you jump into any conclusion: Wait, what? Another new designer bag in a year? And it’s black? I must be crazy, but please read till the end!
If you read my blog or follow me for a while now, I’m sure you’ve seen me wearing my YSL East Side Baby Cabas leather satchel bag in pretty much every other outfit since I’ve got it at the beginning of this year. Trust me, it’s so versatile, and I will never get tired of it and will continue to wear it for years to come. And so is this bag or any bags that I have in my collection! I love Acne Studios as a brand and their product designs and quality, overall this Musubi Midi bag is an ideal It bag for me!
About this Acne Studios bag purchase: It was sorta an impulse buy when I was in Portland over Thanksgiving weekend. I had my eyes on the small Musubi (middle bag linked below) for quite some time, but I thought it was too similar to my Kozha Numbers and YSL bag mentioned above. I didn’t want to have another bag that was similar in size and had the carry and shoulder strap. The Musubi mini (left bag) would be too small, midi (right bag) or the maxi one would be too big, not as practical. However, at this point, I was really obsessed with getting a Musubi because if its knot design and its beautiful leather material. I decided on a tote, hoping it would also fit my laptop or I’d bring it on my travels.
It was really love-at-first-sight for me, and the Portland trip was to really confirm and see it in person. The bag was truly a work of art, and I was in love with the Acne Studios woven strap and its leather construction. Plus there was no sale tax, and I used the Nordstrom holiday $100 notes back after any $400+ purchase. Hoping it will go through because Acne Studios bags were not listed in the brand exclusion list at Nordstrom (we’ll see!).
In addition, I have always been such a big fan of the brand. On my first ever trip to New York, I bought two men’s T-shirts, one for me and one for a friend who I went to New York with. I ended up selling mine on TheRealReal. And I remembered it was all for the iconic pink Acne paper bag. I still have it with me now! The only thing I own from Acne Studios is the bucket hat that I got on sale from Ssense this past summer.
A little bit about the brand in case you still don’t know how big and influential Acne Studios is ! Acne Studios is a Stockholm-based fashion house that is well-known for its unique approach to combine art, architecture, and contemporary culture into ready-to-wear, magazines, furniture, books, and exhibitions. Jonny Johansson is the founder and current Creative Director. I especially am drawn to its Scandi minimal design and its strong focus on materials and tailoring. In addition, Acne Studios also collaborates with other brands and artists, and it is one of my all-time favorite brands hands-down. Read Acne Studios’ sustainability – Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) brand performance check report FR 17/18
The Musubi Midi comes in 4 colors: black, almond brown, orange, and white/black. It is made from 100% matte Cow leather with 100% Lamb leather lining. There is a snap closure, a zippered divider pocket inside with the Acne Studios Stockholm made in Italy logo printed white. The selling point for me is the logo-woven nylon pull strap that is attached to the zipper, and I like how it’s barely peeking out like that. The actual Acne Studios logo is embossed in the middle near the bag opening, very subtle which I’d much prefer. As you can see, there is only one big shoulder strap that can be extended longer (25cm/9.8″) or made shorter.
The Musubi is a classic (launched in 2017) and Acne Studios’ permanent collection meaning it is here to stay and so is the price. The line includes several different structures and knot detailing, inspired by the obi sash of the traditional Japanese dresses. It’s so underrated, not flashy nor statement-making as many designer bags out there, but it makes it more like an ideal It bag for me! The Musubi Midi does look massive in photos or on the website, but it is so light and really not that big in person. I’m 5ft5 for reference if you’re wondering.
Bags like this are investment pieces that I see myself wearing for decades to come. In addition, I always make sure I wait to see if there’s any price drop. Things on sale mean they’re not as great nor not as popular, and this particular style has not gone on sale since. It’s a safe choice and works with my style and my lifestyle. Let me know your thoughts on my new bag and the Musubi line as a whole. Meanwhile, enjoy this outfit shot in the gloomy Seattle!