As well as my recently bout of Kate Middle madness which I like to call “Middleton Mania”, I have had a case of “Mulberry Madness”. I really just cannot help myself… I’ve become a massive Mulberry fan boy (can you blame me?!).
A day doesn’t go by that I don’t find myself dribbling over Mulberry bags, and accessories. It’s nearing the point where I think I am boring those dearest to me to death with my incessant ramblings about Mulberry (I really just cannot help myself).
If I had all the money in the world I would drown myself with delicious Mulberry purchases, sadly I don’t… however I absolutely love my Mulberry iPad sleeve, and my Mulberry large clipper in scotch grain – they are divine investment pieces (or at least that’s how I justify the prices to myself ).
In the past forty years Mulberry has made a name for itself, from it’s modest roots in Somerset to catwalks, and arms of men, and women all over the world; Mulberry is here to stay. It’s classic design with modern touches, it’s quality meets style, it’s countryside meets city, and it’s all very mouthwateringly delicious.
I am going to share with you some of my favourite Mulberry pieces, three women’s bags, and then three men’s bags:
Mulberry Alexa in watermelon – £766.00 (available at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/)
The Alexa satchel bag by Mulberry has become a classic in it’s own right. It was inspired by the none other than the gorgeous Alexa Chung, who has become such a British style icon. She was spotted with a Mulberry men’s vintage brief case (an old Elkington I think!), and thus it was only natural that Mulberry released a bag inspired by her. Part Elkington, part Bayswater with a spot of vintage inspiration, et voila you have the Alexa. It’s beautiful, it’s absolutely loveable! I love it in the watermelon colour, it’s bright, fresh, and it’s a stand out piece that takes any outfit from shab to chic.
Mulberry Bayswater in oak – £664.00 (available at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/)
Who doesn’t love a Bayswater? It’s become the hand bag of choice for any discerning woman across the world. You cannot walk down a street in London without encountering a Bayswater. It’s a timeless piece, and although available in plenty of colours, and finishes; I think the natural oak suits the classic bag the best. Perfect for the city, perfect for the countryside, the Bayswater is a refined beauty of a bag. It has a serious, yet playful look to it, and is suitable for most situations from work to play.
Mulberry Tillie in chestnut – £812.00 (available at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/)
Another one of my favourite Mulberry women’s bags. The Tillie is a modern day classic. It’s a more masculine take on the Alexa. The bag is beautiful soft leather, which will in time wear brilliantly (nothing like lovingly worn leather!). I think this particular Mulberry bag is massively under rated, it’s excellently unconventional – but it’s so right. The masculine shape of the bag contrasted with the supple chestnut leather, and the beautiful trompe l’oeil buckles (which are actually magnetic). It’s a bag for any modern women who is serious, but devastatingly stylish.
…now onto the mens!
Mulberry black nylon clipper – £189.00 (available at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/)
This nylon holdall I have lusted after for quite a while. It has a very reasonable price! One of the reasons I haven’t taken the dip, and purchased it, is simply I don’t have any immediate use for it… In an ideal world I’d go to the gym; in the real world I don’t. This would make the perfect gym bag. When not in use it can be folded into a small nylon zip bag, great for taking away abroad, and having another bag to return, or even a weekend away (not for me though! I have my beautiful Mulberry larger clipper ). If I ever stop being lazy, and start going to the gym, or justify it for another use I will snap this bag up without hesitation.
Mulberry Brynmore messenger in tan – £562.00 (available at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/)
I have caressed this stylish leather messenger many a time in Selfridges. It’s a classic looking messenger for the modern day man, it includes pen slots (perfect to slip your Mont Blanc “writing instruments” into), and even has a mobile phone pocket to drop your iPhone, or BlackBerry into. I love the triple locks, and the Mulberry fastening. The tan leather looks great new, and looks even better worn. The canvas straps with the Mulberry hard ware give this bag a modern twist – the juxtaposition of the leather, and the canvas is great. It is a MUST have messenger bag for any modern gent.
Mulberry Heathcliffe soft briefcase in black – £710.00 (available at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/)
What’s more traditional for a man than a briefcase? This briefcase from Mulberry certainly means business. This is quite a demure item, but has so much class. I love the gold hardware, the metal zips with the Mulberry tree emblem on them, and the leather tug tags – little detailing like that really makes this piece. The detachable canvas strap is also a useful feature. It has a padded pocket perfect for slipping your MacBook into. The soft leather as always looks great, but even better when it’s worn – I absolutely love soft leather. This bag is perfect for any business man, and for the rest of us that like to pretend (okay, maybe just me there but yes ha ).
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