If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Which is generally the case for most situations. But if, and only if you can do something much better, some change is better than no change, right?
Which brings us to Mulberry’s New Bayswater that has been given a quick makeover of sorts by current Creative Director Johnny Coca. And though I haven’t seen one in person as yet, this is what is known about it. For starters, it’s apparently more structured now, with ‘ears’ on both sides ala Céline’s Luggage (no surprises since his last job was designing bags and accessories for the French luxury house).
It’s apparently more lightweight, with more compartments built into its body that would even allow one to slot an entire laptop into the larger New Bayswater that measures 45 cm across at its widest. You could also say it’s cleaner and more streamlined than its predecessor that was first launched back in 2003.
Currently available in 2 sizes, there’s the Regular (45 cm by 28 cm, shown above) and a much tinier Small (33 cm by 21 cm) which also happens to come with an additional shoulder sling as well. Priced from GBP795 and up, it seems (and very cleverly so) that while the bigger style comes in more classic colours (think Black, Oak and Oxblood), the Small New Bayswater will be made available in fun hues like Canary, Candy and Dune.
Well, what do you think? And if you’re interested, follow this link and #happyshopping.
Hi, the Mulberry bag just came in a medium size- in your report you mentioned two sizes… the new size just arrived! And it comes with a sling and is only slightly smaller than the bigger style which you showed here.
Hm, still not sure about this one.
I like the fact that it’s lighter, that the inside pocket is now on the opposite side, ie against the front of the bag (easier access), some of the new colours, especially on the small and the clean lines.
Not bothered about the ‘ears’ vs belt and removal of piping vs inked edges.
Don’t like hardware (colour is a ghastly yellow gold, it feels flimsy and wobbly and the bottom plate is gone, which means the leather is just gonna wear quicker), ‘new’ Oak colour (more of an orange tint to it) and the fact that the long strap on the small satchel will be too short to carry the bag cross-body.
Overall I’d currently still chose a ‘classic’ over the new style.