What's in your bag? Marc Jacobs, a master's thesis and more!

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This brown beauty was spotted from down the street: a rustic-looking, distressed leather Marc Jacobs bag. "I'm a fan of Jacobs's work," Kristopher says. "I like the simplicity and quality of his products. Many of his pieces maintain an early 1900s sense of masculinity, which I admire." Kristopher's major at UCD is humanities, and he carries his 50-page thesis, a lengthy paper on Martin Heidegger and pre-Socratic thought, with him, along with various tutoring materials, cigarettes, a laptop and notebooks. "I know Italian with some fluency, and French, German, Spanish, Greek and Latin have all been in my academic life at some point," he says. "Although I know many languages, I am only a tutor for and in English." Style analysis: Coincidentally, in my bag this week was Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, the 2007 documentary by Loïc Prigent. The relationship between Marc Jacobs and Luis Vuitton is a complex and inspiring one, dating back to 1997, when Jacobs became creative director for Vuitton. This is when Jacobs began splitting his time between his own house in New York City and the timeless Parisian label that has been a staple of luxury since 1854. The documentary is a rare glimpse into the world of fashion's tastemakers and generation- carving artists, as Jacobs combines fine art and fashion, and eliminates the barrier between life and work. When viewing the documentary, you begin to realize why someone would shell out as much as $3,000 for a bag or $200 for a wallet. Check out this hour-long documentary from the Denver Public Library; it's a mind-blowing, behind-the-scenes look at the fashion machine that is Marc Jacobs.

Style savvy Denverites mix the high-end, like Jacobs, with the low-brow, including thrift-store finds, and create their own look in the process. Whether your personal style is strictly button-ups and sock ties, like Kristopher, or music-inspired and leather-studded, like Beatriz -- rock it. Have fun playing with the world's perception of you.

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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