Like most women, I adore beautifully made hand bags and shoes. They can transform an outfit and instantly reflect who you are or how you feel that day. What’s more, bag and shoe shopping do not rely on a certain body size or shape and suit everyone. Last week I decided to treat myself to an investment Mulberry bag.

Mulberry Bayswater

A champion of British brands, I’m lucky to have a Mulberry outlet store near me in York (offering last year’s lines at up to 60% off) and a beautiful flagship store with enticing sales in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds.

When my large Mitzy East West Hobo in purple leopard print leather, bought from York a couple of years ago for my birthday, couldn’t be mended and the bag has been discontinued, Mulberry kindly offered me a gift certificate or I could put the price of the bag (nearly £400 at the discounted rate) towards another one. I might have actually skipped to the Leeds store.

My best friend was visiting from London that day and when I searched through the many bags which caught my eye from Spring/Summer shoulder bags to leather totes, I knew, looking at her, I had to opt for the Mulberry icon: the Bayswater.

Mulberry Baywater-black

You see, my bestie and I lived in Bayswater once upon a time, well the beautiful Westbourne Grove in close proximity for many years with other girlfriends after University and often watched women walking around with their classic Bayswaters, wondering the streets, being, well, fabulous. She, a trainee barrister, I at a film company after my MA, we were not able to feed our bag habit just yet. Now and on this day seemed a fitting time to show our history some respect.

An investment piece, I opted for a Bayswater in Black Soft Gold Grainy Print (£895) because like all classic bags, it will age beautifully and will hopefully last forever. It truly brings Brit-girl glam to the everyday and is effortlessly chic yet spacious enough to fit my whole life in it. Perfect.

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