The Mulberry Maple – A Bag For Everyday…
Mulberry has introduced a new tote in the first collection by Creative Director Johnny Coca.
The Maple is the epitome of an easy, useful tote –it features an open shopper-style top, and its beautiful thick leather reinforces the structure and holds an elegant line even when carrying heavier items. The Maple’s tall silhouette makes it eminently suitable to carry laptops, tablets, magazines and papers.
Unlikemost classic totes, the Maple also has an external, detachable pocket, useful for keeping small essentials together.Detach the pocket from the tote when the whole bag is not needed: dual-functionality ideal for a work bag.
The Maple Tote was designed with the busy customer in mind. Mulberry’s (also very busy) Creative Director Johnny Coca give his view of the Maple in five minutes…
“The Maple’s beauty is in its structure – the simplicity of the form and the careful addition of details. It isn’t gimmicky, it is just a well-made tote that can be easily accessed and carry all the things you need day to day -the size was deliberately specified to fit A4 documents and laptops. It also has double the carrying options – both the top handles and the straps can be detached so you can adjust the tote to carry it exactly how you need. We also added the pocket to the front as a way to provide even more flexibility – the pocket detaches and becomes a chic pouch for running out quickly for your morning coffee – no need to bring your whole bag and your whole world with you every time.”
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, theMaple, 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.