Here’s a stodgy English brand for you – Mulberry. I saw they have a new store opening soon at The Gardens (hurrah!)
Well, they aren’t quite stodgy actually. They did score a winner with the Alexa satchel, named after Alexa Chung, British style icon (psst! Because I’m a fashion dodo, I confess I do not know who she is and had to Google this :P )
Anyway I know everyone loves the Alexa satchel and how gorgeous it is… and so do I. But for many reasons, mostly unknown to me, I’m drawn to the Bayswater instead.
Could it be the shape? I love bags of this shape. Remember the Prada Saffiano Lux Open Tote? It has the same shape. Many have compared this to the Hermes Birkin and it does bear a similarity.
Could it be the size? It is on the large side, and in buffalo leather, is a little slouchy which is another thing I like. Its not quite as stiff as the Prada Tote. The straps are also long enough to be slung over the shoulder. Perfect!
Or perhaps it might be because I have an affinity with the Bayswater area of London. I used to stay there so its a place I return to over and over. A bag with that name would be a lovely reminder of the place.
A Mulberry Bayswater in Oak (tan brown) is the traditional and most popular colour. Apparently, it ages very well. Me, with my penchant for coloured bags, I’m drawn to the Plum Bayswater. Likely to be a seasonal colour but its lovely in the lovely bright tropical sunshine and adds a pop of colour to outfits in the cold wintry evenings.
Being full leather with brass hardware, its on the heavy side. But not as heavy as the Alexa, to me. It also looks perfect for everyday or even to travel with because the interior fits a lot.
I think I just like it because its a “quiet” sort of bag. It doesn’t scream with logos, it softly whispers “Mulberry” and “luxury” when you do spot it, its not a crazy shape, the leather is soft, supple and beautiful and its above all, practical yet classic.
The Mulberry Bayswater. My sorta bag – drool! :)
At time of writing the Mulberry Bayswater retails at about RM4200 at Suria KLCC and £695 at Selfridges or about £570+ at Heathrow.