Maison Martin Margiela white bag with trompe-l’oeil of a Chesterfield — fall 2004

Size: one size

Width: 32 cm

Height: 37 cm

Drop length strap: 60 cm



100% leather



Off-white messenger back

Square model

Printed with a trompe-l’oeil of a Chesterfield sofa, looking as if it was a padded bag

Front flap with press button closure

One long wide strap with adjustable gold belt buckle

Two press buttons on the inside to narrow the inner opening

Inner zipper with extra compartment

Fully lined in leather

Fully lined

From the fall 2004 collection

Also sold at the Sotheby’s Hors Normes auction


Condition: 3,5/5

Mild wear on the outside with some minor marks, the inner has been discolored by pens and pennies. Please not that the creasing in the leather is part of the trompe-l’oeil print, and not damage of the leather.



About Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela is a Belgian designer, graduating from the Royal Academy of fine arts in Antwerp.


He is often mistaken as one of the ‘Antwerp Six’.

At the time when Ann Demeulemeester,Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee were showcasing in London, Margiela was already working for Jean Paul Gaultier.


Martin Margiela stayed away from the public eye, remaining backstage after his shows and only allowing press to contact hem via fax.


Maison Martin Margiela’s discreet brand label consists of a blank piece of cloth or with the numbers 0-23. The trademark is attached with four small, white stitches, visible on the outside on unlined garments. The concept behind this was so the tag could be cut out, making the garment anonymous like it’s creator.


Margiela’s work is highly conceptual; a large piece of his repertoire is playing with conventions and recycling. Influenced by Rei Kawakubo, he works with deconstructed garments and frayed edges, nevertheless are his garments perfectly tailored. A lot of his work also includes trompe-l’oeil, a reference to René Magritte.


Martin Margiela was appointed as a Guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2010. His work is more often talked about as ‘art’ rather than fashion.


His most iconic piece is his tabi boot, Margiela’s interpretation of Japanese split-toe tabi socks.


Margiela left his eponymous label in 2009, leaving the creative staff to continue the collection for several seasons. In 2014 John Galliano was appointed as new head designer.

The only way now get an original Martin Margiela piece, is only by buying vintage Margiela clothing.

Additional information

Weight 0.9 kg