Why I buy Mulberry & 6 Classic bags
Over the years, I had a kind of roller coaster ride with Mulberry. It was my first designer bag brand that I really loved and that was in 2011, I even met the founder, Roger Saul, at Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet, where the brand was founded (there’s still an outlet shop where I bought my very first Mulberry Bag), as it is not too far from my city of Bath. I loved the fact that the bag designs were classic, yet cool, and quite affordable compared to other high-end designers.
I own 6 mulberry bags that I got pretty good between 2011 and 2019 from the brand went out a bit in favor of others, and I’ll tell you why. Instead of making all Mulberry bags in England where their factory was, they started outsourcing to China and Turkey, which I thought was a bit unfair. Some were still made in England, but the majority were not and they still held the same price tag, although they were not made here. That really disappointed me, because they also had a price increase, which in my opinion was not correct given the facts. But a few years ago, the brand made quite a price increase (compared to what it cost) and I was even more shocked, but I did not know why, at that time.
Anyway, I wore my Mulberry Lily in Oak on vacation a few weeks ago (see here) and it really confirmed my love again. I enjoyed looking at the bag and wearing it so that I instantly fell in love with the brand because it was a pleasure to use it. When we drove back through Shepton Mallet, we decided to go to the store and check the bags. I fell in love with Oxblood Lily there but did not buy it because I was still unsure of the country in which the bags could be made. However, I then found out that all Mulberry bags are now made only in the UK and the UK, so a purely British brand, and therefore they have raised prices a bit. It made sense to me and I am very happy that they have returned to their roots! They even opened another factory here to keep up with the demands.
The lily in Oxblood has recently gone on sale (it’s still available) and I got it as an early birthday present, as I mentioned earlier, and I checked the label and it says “Made in England”, that got me really cheered up! The quality is absolutely fantastic, as it is on Mulberry bags, I really can not fault it and it is so classic! I really fell in love with the brand again. I’ve always loved the mulberry bags I own, and I’m happy with the collection I have, but there are so many more that I love and have been thinking about – especially Little Darley!
Anyway, I wanted to do a blog post about the 6 classic mulberry bags that I consider absolutely necessary if you get into the mark, or an eve, if you’re already a fan. I think Mulberry is very affordable compared to most brands like Celine, Louis Vuitton etc. (which I own), so if it’s your first brand, it’s a great place to start! If you do not have one, I have some recommendations for your first bag below!
Mulberry Classic Lily
If you only get one Mulberry bag, or your first one, I’ll definitely recommend you the Lily! It comes in 3 sizes – Mini, Normal and Medium – but the normal size is ideal here. I personally got this bag in Oak in 2019 for around £ 400 and it was one of my favorite. You can wear it on the shoulder or as a cross body and it is perfect. It’s so spacious despite its size and the oak tanned leather is just gorgeous. It is one of the best! If oak is not for you, it comes in so many other shades too, I would recommend deer brown, taupe, gray, black or oxblood! It’s such a classic!
Mulberry Small Darley
Unlike the Lily, which has been part of Mulberry for years, the Darley is fairly new. Again, it comes in 3 different sizes, and for these I recommended the smallest size, followed by the regular ones. It’s a really sweet clutch size, very similar to a Chanel Wallet on Chain, but it’s a lot harder to wear and more classic. It still has the postman’s lock on the front and comes in so many colors, and is cheaper than the Lily, so if you prefer an evening style bag, the Darley is a good starting point!
Mulberry Heritage Bayswater
Now this is the most common mulberry bag I see all the time! It’s the Heritage Bayswater and you probably already know it very well. Heritage Bayswater (formerly Bayswater) has remained the brand’s most popular bag to date! I think that indefinitely it will remain a classic in their collection. I recommend the oak shade, or the black one, as this is a great day bag for when you need to carry many items, if you prefer your bags larger, this is the one for you! It’s currently on sale too, so check it out!
Mulberry Bayswater dead
Since Bayswater was so popular, Mulberry introduced several versions of it, and one of the classics to follow was Bayswater’s Dead. This is very similar to the Bayswater in design, but since it’s a bag, it has an open top and no flap, so it’s a good leisure bag for everyday wear. You can put your laptop and all kinds in there, so it might even be suitable for work. I would say it’s similar to Louis Vuitton Neverfull, but with a different design and thicker leather. So, if you are a fan of this bag, this will be a good choice if you buy a Mulberry.
Mulberry Micro Zipped Bayswater
Another version of the Bayswater is the Micro-Zip option. It comes in 3 different sizes, which is the smallest, but I chose them because it reminds me so much of my Celine Nano Luggage in Dune. So, if you’re a fan of this bag that I own, this is a much cheaper option at £ 750 instead of £ 1700. However, if that’s too small, you can see the median size here. The belt and buckle on the front also have a Hermes Kelly feel in my opinion. It’s adorable, but if you prefer casual, smaller shoulder bags for everyday wear, this is perfect!
Mulberry Micro Seaton
After all, the Micro Seaton is actually relatively new to Mulberry. It comes in a few sizes, but I think the micro version is the most beautiful, as the shape looks more elegant in a smaller version. The Seaton reminds me a lot of the Hermes Mini Kelly, given its shape, but it’s different with a more British feel. I did not want to include that in the summary, but I fell in love with her because she has a mature, classic feel that exudes luxury and elegance. I do not know if it will be a classic in the collection like the others, but I recommend it. Compared to a Hermes Kelly, this is only £ 695, which is £ 5000 or more cheaper!
So that’s my summary of 6 Mulberry bags, which I think are classic and great pieces to venture into the brand with. The fact that you’re supporting a British (Made in England) company is always good, as well as helping the business buy locally, but combined with quality and timeless designs, I can no longer blame the brand Can not wait for my birthday so I can have my lily in Oxblood! So, if you are not familiar with Mulberry, look at these options! What do you think?
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