I love handbags

Now, most of my friends and family will be quite aware that over the last couple of years I’ve had a bit of an obsession with Mulberry bags and historically have always loved having a new bag on my arm. I’ve never managed to buy a Mulberry out right from new (I’ve owned one fake one from Turkey but couldn’t bring myself to it again after it fell apart) but every year or so I’ll get myself onto eBay to hunt for a fresh purchase. I can’t seem to find another brand that I love more and being a fashion graduate, really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into each and every one of their bags.

It all started with this beautiful vintage small satchel that I nabbed for a mere £50 whilst still at uni;

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It was my absolute pride and joy and it’s still hanging around at my sisters flat somewhere (as I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post). I love how the leather has aged so well and how timeless this is. I believe it was purchased by the original owner in the early 90’s and proves that by spending a bit more, your bag will last forever.

I then went on to buy this one that I was never that keen on and ended up selling as I was strapped for cash and not as in love with it;

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Next up was my small Bayswater which I loved but 1) it was too small 2) again I was strapped for cash on another level after moving out and 3) I prefer having a satchel strap which this didn’t have;

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Another 2 years passed between purchases and my most recent purchase (the reason I felt inspired for this post) was this gorgeous mulberry Taylor bag that I nabbed for £200 on eBay again;

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Let me tell you now, this bag is a long term commitment and I can’t see why I would ever part with it. It’s a great size, it isn’t one of the more popular styles (Alexa, Bayswater etc.) and as it’s now been discontinued I don’t ever see anyone with it! I’ve come to the conclusion it’s a genuine one (it’s quite common for fake Mulberry’s to be sold on eBay and I spent so much time researching before buying). The stitching is immaculate, the leather is gorgeous and all of the hardware, lining and zips match up exactly to where they should be.

The reason I wanted to share this on my fashion faux pas page is that I feel this is one thing I am 100% happy with style wise. I’ve bought my fair share of high street bags that fall apart after being used too much, discolour and wear out really quickly and that by spending a little (or a lot in the case of Mulberry, honestly check out their website to see how much the bags retail for!) bit more money on something, it’s going to last you a long time.

Until next time…

Gaby xxx