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Mulberry Oversized “Bayswater” Grainy Calf Tote: Second Time’s a Charm


It’s rare that the sequel rivals the original, in movies and bags alike. So I’ve got to hand it to Mulberry for executing a great interpretation of the popular – and arguably more cumbersome – “Bayswater” satchel. Everyone can use a tote like this: if you have lots of stuff, nothing beats a north-south style (although it’s not the best for lightning-quick access since things sink to the bottom). This oversized tote even has the signature “Bayswater” postman’s lock and while it’s clearly a paired-down version, the grainy, textured leather fills the space and satisfies the eye. I would even remove the giant tassels – a bit too much flair for me. The best part of this Mulberry redux? So many supposed “shoulder bags” don’t go over my shoulder. This one has adjustable handles, for aesthetics and function; with a tote this big, it’s bound to get a little heavy, so you need the option. The “Bayswater” tote is a keeper. I’m betting she’ll even outlive her satchel sister. At Luisaviaroma for $1,756.80

Pair with: Hearty chestnut leather could use the complement of a metallic shoe. Jimmy’s Choo’s silver-on-cork wedges are informal enough for a daytime tote.

Jimmy Choo Mirrored Leather and Cork Wedges, $395.



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  1. Oversized bags have their own beauty. They look overly conspicuous and can make a petite figure look fuller. I like to use them for shopping especially if the items would be protruding if I wore a smaller bag.

  2. I love a good tote and this one is lovely all the way to the sticker. I’m not convinced Mulberry has the luxe to back up the asking price, even with the rare tote design feature of adjustable handles.

  3. Mulberries are worth the money as they can take a good beating if you have to use them every day on the commute. I’ll leave the glazed box calf bags to ladies who lunch!