First, let me start the post by addressing the elephant in the room. Yes, while that’s one of Mulberry’s new bags, I can’t help but think how perfect it would look sitting in a Céline store. Not that it’s a copy of anything Céline has so far, but it sure feels like something that French luxury house would have done too. And that’s because of Johnny Coca, former accessories designer at Céline who’s now the newly-appointed creative head over at Mulberry.
And while he would need time to grow into his new role at Mulberry, the Maple, frankly, isn’t a bad bag at all. For one thing, it’s a tote, something that we all most definitely need especially when there are laptops and work documents involved. It has dual handles, the first being the pair of short top handles, the second a long sling that you can use to carry the bag over the shoulder.
Then there’s the external button-down pocket, which wisely can be removed as well to be used separately as a mini-clutch, or inside the tote as a mini-wallet. Yes, it all makes perfect sense, and it all works.
Measuring some 33 cm by 31 cm by 13 cm, the Maple is crafted from vegetable-tanned goat leather, and besides the ones that will come in solid hues, will also have variations that come with contrasting pouches, like the one in Burgundy that comes with its pouch in purple.
Priced from GBP895 and up (or around SGD1790 after conversion, which isn’t too pricey IMHO), you can pick up one of the 4 colours currently available via Mulberry online, where they now also offer worldwide delivery with free returns. And while you’re there, do check out Coca’s new take on the classic Bayswater as well.