A coated nylon blend in deep navy.
A soft fabric woven with a subtle MZ Wallace logo. In classic cafe.
I love this bag! I got it in black mineral bedford and used it every day while on vacation in San Francisco. The pockets are great and it easily held all my daily essentials- phone, wristlet, sunglasses, cosmetics, large scarf, etc- and my Nikon camera with an extra lens. Very attractive and functional! I only learned about MZ six months ago and now own three bags which have become my favorites.
The absolute best backpack ever! Pockets within pockets, buckles that are really magnetic snaps, outside zippered compartments and beautiful, lightweight fabric. My very first metro backpack was MZ and I loved it but this one takes the cake. Thank you!
Bought this bag last year before leaving on the month long Dream Vacay. This bag was a crucial accessory. through medieval streets and medinas, this repped my idea of modern American design, Simple cool, elegant, practical and smart. Now as its my go to for weekend s in La or Napa. Perfect.
I just purchased the "Marlena" backpack and love it. It is lightweight, has great compartments, and looks very attractive. I already own other MZ Wallace handbags and thought that a backpack would be a nice addition to my wardrobe. I can wear it on my back when my hands are full or sling it over my shoulder. This backpack is so much nicer than other backpacks on the market that look like schoolbags. I think that this backpack is a great cross between beauty and function.
So versatile, compact, hands free makes going anywhere shopping in the City easy. I love the exterior small pockets that makes it easy to get the metro card accessible. It's sophisticated and yet edgy for a serious women who selects her bags with a keen eye. Made with quality hardware and beautiful structure. The Marlena is good for students to mothers, to career women who want to be taken serious about work and fashion. The Marlena compliments with all bags that I carry. It's not heavy to carry with other items in the bag and especially doesn't over stress my shoulders and back. Love the bag...would purchase for my sisters and friends. The Marlena is one of the classic MZWALLACE bags in my collection.
I have had this backpack for two years now. It still looks new, which is surprising to me because I use it everyday. It is elegant, and all of the pockets make it highly functional.
This bag is the most amazing bag with the best compartments in and out . Its lightweight and easy to take anywhere and last but not least it is very cool !
I Love love love the Marlena bag. I use it to carry all my daily essentials when going out with my 2 year old. It holds everything that I need and it's lightweight and fashionable. I would highly recommend!
Great bag. I've been wanting a Marlena since the first time I saw one. Finally on sale, I couldn't resist. Very comfortable, light weight, lots of pockets to keep things organized.
This is the best backpack I have ever used. Kid, teen, adult or otherwise. Everything is thought through. Pockets abound. And I can get something out of a pocket without taking the bag off shoulder. A must for all my international travel. And it lasted too... Three years, dozen trips and still going.
Love this backpack! I got the Royal Blue, and am considering the Forest Twill. Great pockets for organizing all your travel and everyday items. Side pockets are perfect for storing your cell phone, sunglasses or extra lenses for DSLR cameras while out on an adventure... Large middle section can store water bottle, wallet and a sweater...Perfect for someone on the go! Lots of pockets make accessing your necessities easy... A convenient and stylish way to carry all the necessities. I receive lots of compliments from men and women when I carry it!
This backpack is so stylish and practical. It's a great size to hold usual wallet, keys etc and also diapers and a few toys on the go. I have received many compliments while carrying it. Great bag!!
I LOVE this backpack! I have a red and a black one. I love to be hands free when I'm commuting from Brooklyn to my office, or walking down Christopher St. Pier or having a picnic in Bryant Park or rushing to yoga across the Williamsburg Bridge. This bag fits my laptop, make up bag, full water bottle, yoga clothes and a fruit in the main compartment plus all the pockets are filled with sunblock, lip gloss, purell, etc. I love running up to a friend and giving them a hug with my hands not burdened down by a heavy bag. Thanks Marlena!
Must have Weekend bag. I received this as a gift & didn't think I'd use it but it has become my favorite weekend run around bag. It holds everything including my Mac book. It is super stylish & great in any color but black is classic.
I got the backpack in blue. I get lots of compliments! The color is beautiful and great for summer. It has lots of pockets and has enough space to carry snacks and change of clothes for my little daughter. I wanted to be hands free and this is a perfect backpack to look stylish in the city. I sometimes wish it was a little bigger to pack my MacBook air but it doesn't happen often so it's ok.
I LOVE my Marlena! I can fit my 13" Macbook Air in here (just barely), a water bottle, my workout clothes, my lunch-- whatever I need for the day. I use it for work, travel, gym, everything! I love that the side pockets zip towards my body so my belongings are more secure, and the pockets keep me organized. It's practical, lightweight, comfortable and stylish. MZW bags are addictive!
I purchase this bag for my wife and she went crazy over it. She uses it all winter for commuting and she said it is great because it's light weight and holds a ton of stuff. She also has it in the jacquard camo.
I've had my Marlena for over a year, and it remains my favorite bag for comfortable city travel. It's a great size - holds my iPad mini, continental wallet, cosmetic bag, water and other sundries. The real standouts though are the side pockets. Super convenient and good sized. I also love the magnetic closure buckles. My only complaint is that the metal drawstring piece could be a bit lighter. It's not a heavy backpack, but making that piece lighter would make it 5 stars. Final piece of advice: buy Marlena in a color! I have it in emerald, and it's gorgeous!
My wife loved her backpack and to this day wears it wherever we go. Functional for all occasions! She wants more so we'll see about this Christmas!
I love MZ Wallace bags! They are well crafted and gorgeous! I have so many of their bags...the Marlena backpack is one of my favorites! It holds a lot of stuff!
I love my Marlena backpack! My iPhone 6 plus fits perfectly in the center outside pocket. The bag is big enough for a couple of folders, my Tieks, a medium makeup bag, an umbrella, and some space to spare. But, when I'm carrying around fewer items, it still holds its shape.
I've used this backpack for about a year and it's been my go to everyday bag. It's very comfortable to wear and distributes all the weight that I pack in it evenly. This bag has so many pockets that help keep me organized. I liked it so much, I bought a second one in the black camo with the red interior.
I just adore the Marlena in Black Bedford Fringe. The fringes are so current and the bag is outstanding--well then again I have not found one MZWallace bag that I am not in love with.
Love, love this bag! It is functional, weather proof for NYC winters and chic all in one bag! The gold and leather details make this bag stand out! I've not been able to find a backpack that is cute and can fit all my things being mom of 3. Kudos to MZWallace for the Marlena!
I have owned two Marlena backpacks and will continue to buy more. It is the BEST backpack especially for someone who commutes to work and wants a stylish yet practical backpack. It fits comfortably on your shoulders, it lightweight and has just the right amount of storage.
The Marlena backpack was the perfect accessory for my family trip in Europe this summer. I could hold everything I needed for sightseeing and organized pockets for easy access.
This backpack is the epitome of utility and style. It's large enough to carry what you need, but small enough that it is easy to manage - I LOVE my Marlena!
This is truly the best backpack I have seen, I own 4 bags but really want Marlena, I am saving up for it
Perfect for the office in Seattle laptop fits comfortably while not cramping my style and oh so chic. I definitely see this being an every day work bag for me.
Best bag in the world. and as a matter of fact this bag - in dark dark purple (plum?) - has been all over the world with me. And all over the world, from Tel Aviv to Siem Reap to New York City, people (well women actually!) stop me in the street to ask about the bag, discuss the color, and marvel at how good it looks after so many years. It goes everywhere and does everything. It holds everything and stays light. how does it do it??!! Like I said - best bag in the world. Judy
I love the Marlena! I recently purchased it in black, and find it to be an incredibly useful everyday bag. It's the perfect size, and is lightweight whether carried on one shoulder or both shoulders. The outside pockets are convenient and easy to access. The inside organization is typical of other MZ Wallace bags, which means it's well-organized at all times! I am so pleased that I finally decided to add this modern backpack to my ever-growing collection. I'd recommend it to any backpack lover.
love the Marlena backpack! I use it as my go to everyday bag. It is lightweight and I love that it's a nice looking backpack. It fits all my 2 year olds stuff like a few diapers and wipes. I also use the side pocket to carry his bottle. Great quality as always mz Wallace !!
This is the perfect bag...it has a place for everything. I love it so much, I used it straight for 6 months and never felt the need to change bags. More colors would be a wonderful addition.
I live about 45 miles from San Francisco and when I wear this backpack, people ask me where did you get such a dressed-up bag. Yes, it sure catches the eye with all the gold zippers and buckles and fobs. It is the most fabulous backpack I own and I have quite a few. Because the classy look is had lots of room for my laptop and the zipper pockets are big enough for tons of stuff.
I bought this bag for an overseas trip that was a combination of sightseeing and meetings. I wanted it all -- a bag that offers all-day size, space and ease of carrying while doing lots of walking, but still looks great -- i.e. not your average backpack. This bag was perfect -- love it, and will use it for lots of future travel.
Love the design and size of this bag so much! It carries a lot but doesn't look huge. Easy to access small stuff and easy to clean too. My travel must-have bag and I've already taken it to 5 continents!
Very cool and lightweight backpack. Very spacious, great for traveling or every day use. I love it!
I bought my first backpack years ago in VA and have used it almost exclusively ever since. I now have it in sage green, and bright blue as well. I use it (them) for day and night and I can carry a little or a lot. It's also easy to keep it clean. I have several other MZW bags but this will always be my go to favorite. I hope you never stop making it and add more colors.. Not crazy about camo or fringe. Love the sage green and could refer half a dozen people if you brought it back!
Just a note to say I love love LOVE my Marlena backpack. I have the classic black, and I'm hoping you come out with more color options, particularly light summer colors. I'd definitely like to add to my rotation in this style. Thanks!
Would love if you introduced more colors for this bag. It is my everyday bag now and I have it in black, red, and blue but would love orange, green, florals, etc. I wanted to send this in hopes that maybe enough others have requested the same to solicit an action in this direction!! Thanks Best bag EVER !!!!
I thought I left my backpack carrying days back in college until I bought a Marlena. This backpack has all the functionality of a backpack with the added bonus of being super stylish and having extra outside pockets! I use the Marlena to carry stuff for my toddlers and me when I need my hands free. While other moms walk around with some lamo, ugly cartoon character backpack looking like they gave up, I get to feel stylish with my Marlena even when the rest of me is covered in sticky little hand prints.
As a freelancer, I carry my office with me: laptop, notebooks, the whole works. I typically use the Hayley, which I absolutely ADORE for its elegance and ability to hold everything I need. But on days that I need to run around the city, having all that weight on one shoulder can get heavy. Cue the Marlena, a fabulous backpack that fits my whole "office" yet isn't bulky, and is also classy enough to take to client meetings. All the extra pockets (there's even one on the inside of the cover flap!) make it so easy to stay organized. And lastly, I get compliments from both women AND men for my MZW bags, so that should tell you how awesome they are :)
This is the best backpack I ever have. The material is someway better than PRADA. My favorite design is the zip-pocket on the back-side of the cover. Cell phone and key can be easily put in and out. The size is perfect for a 165cm-tall girl.
I rarely rave about bags and have become quite spoiled. But this backpack is pure awesome. It's lightweight and foldable for easy travel, but it's durable and the zippers are incredibly secure. I agree with other reviewers - zippers are a bit tough to open, but (1) you can soften them if you pass dry soap on them and (2) what's hard for you to open is also not easy for a pick pocket in Paris Metro. I had this bag in gunmetal and loved it. But due to a defect had to exchange. The replacement has lasted. Truly lasted.
I love this backpack. It's elegant and functional at the same time. I can carry everything I need and still be hands free when running around the city to client meetings. I get compliments on it all the time. People have actually stopped me on the street or in the subway and asked where they could get one. It's quite comfortable, although if they could make a slightly padded shoulder strap that would be the cherry on top.
Fantastic backpack that holds more than expected in an organized manner. This is very comfortable to wear and not too large. It's also easy to sling it over one shoulder and pull it towards the front when in crowded urban areas and trains when travelling. The zippers work easily after some use. This is great for daily use and travel because of the zippers and the drawstring top. There is a zippered pocket in the flap which is a great place to carry one's wallet and sunglasses case. Construction and fabric are excellent. Far exceeds Prada in every way. Can one have too many MZ Wallace bags???????
the bag was beautiful made and stylish. very comfortable to carry and this is by far the better backpack I've seen or own(compare to prada). the only complain I have is the zippers. its take some effort to zip and unzip the bag. other than that, great backpack.
FUNCTIONAL, STYLISH, AND COMFORTABLE. I'm very happy I bought this backpack. I use the bag everyday, weekdays and weekends. It has lots of compartment as other MZ Wallace bags do, and is very functional while stylish. I had a similar backpack (with lots of compartment, similar size and style) from a different brand, however, I put exactly the same items in both and with the MZ Wallace bag, it feels much lighter somehow. Maybe because the weight is evenly distributed? This bag sit on my bag very comfortably (the other one did not - I felt a pull on my shoulders and felt the edge of my Kindle or iPad).
I so love this bag ! received so many compliments .it's fun and functional all roll in one....
I just ordered this and am SO EXCITED. It looks totally awesome and completely original -- have never seen anything like it. Will send another review when I recieve.
I purchased the Marlena backpack and it really is a stunning little bag. I really like the way it looks and the size. It is a mini backpack, but just right -- sized like a purse. Like all MZ Wallace bags, it has plenty of pockets, but this one doesn't come with the market purse. I really like the color and the material that it is made out of; I am not typically a backpack gal, but this is just too stylish! I also have MZ Wallace's Kate bag and I have to say that I think the Kate is a bit better for the price. The Kate is only five dollars more than this one and I feel like you get way more bag for the money. The leather on this backpack is much softer than the leather on my Kate bag. The softness is nice, but I also feel like the leather pulls may be more likely to break. The shipping was very fast. This time I was a bit disappointed because I think I may have gotten someone's return. Things just were not quite as nicely packed as my Kate. There was also a scratch on the metal, but it is hidden and not enough to warrant going through the hassle of sending back. I will keep this bag and I do love it. However, because my Kate is a better value, I probably would not have spent this much money on this had I seen it person. But, it is great and BIG on style. I really LOVE MZ Wallace!
I love my plum Marlena, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. It is attractive and well made, and can hold all your needs for a day out. It always gets compliments from those with an eye for style. I love when I am out and about not having to carry my bag over my arm, but I can carry it by the handle when the situation requires.