£800 to spend on a bag what would you go for

(242 Posts)
buttercrumble Fri 22-Feb-13 11:12:13

Been lusting after a bayswater for ages. But something holding me back, which other bags are classics which wont date....

Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 11:15:20

id buy a cheap one from tkmaxx and then take the bag on a nice holiday with the rest.

JumpHerWho Fri 22-Feb-13 11:19:28

Balenciaga all the way envy

The bench crew will turn up soon though telling you to donate it all to charity and use a Tesco bag.

EskSmith Fri 22-Feb-13 11:23:26

Ha ha Branleuse, me too!

Wishiwasanheiress Fri 22-Feb-13 11:24:18

Mulberry are fab. The packaging is simply gorgeous. If u can afford it go for it as u won't be disappointed. Online shop is excellent. I've even put their bags hung on our bedroom wall. Look very pretty. That's before u even get to the actual purchased item!!!

Otherwise I'd only buy from Gucci or Louis v personally having visited both in Italy. Those shops make an effort on u. Most really don't care if ur a normal person. And that's not fun. A purchase this big should make u feel special. Mulberry did for me!

Mannequinkate Fri 22-Feb-13 11:32:32
JumpHerWho Fri 22-Feb-13 11:45:32

Actually, scrub the Bal, I'd get this

HappyAsEyeAm Fri 22-Feb-13 11:54:32

www.gucci.com/uk/styles/277520A7M0G6620#277520ANK0G1000

Could never afford it myself, but I would love you to have it!

I'd have a carrier with 800 quid in, helpful I know grin

HappyAsEyeAm Fri 22-Feb-13 11:56:45

The price varies, by the way, depending on the fabric/leather. From £805 up to £1300.

The bench crew will turn up soon though telling you to donate it all to charity and use a Tesco bag.

No but they might tell her to get a kipling and an iPad mini wink

HorizonFocus Fri 22-Feb-13 12:00:04

I think they all date, to be honest.
But I'd get an Alexa.

I like this Mark Jacobs too.

GoodtoBetter Fri 22-Feb-13 12:03:16

shock

grin at 'bench crew'

This Bottega Veneta is very me It depends on your style though.

This Miu miu is beautiful but maybe not for Winter.

KirstyoffEastenders Fri 22-Feb-13 12:09:12

No bag is worth £800, are you mad? Are they magic bags or something?

HousewifeFromHeaven Fri 22-Feb-13 12:11:30
Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 12:13:46

why why why? Its a bag ffs. You can get gorgeous leather well made pretty bags for a fraction of that.

Honestly. Give your money to the poor if youre that desperate to burn it

faustina Fri 22-Feb-13 12:18:39

it really depends on your style - do you need to wear formal clothes for work for instance? Or do you mostly wear jeans? I think that would make a big difference...

QueefLatina Fri 22-Feb-13 12:32:44

It's tiny and impractical but I love it so.

I have a teenager so only need a bag for purse, phone, lipbalm and fags!

www.matchesfashion.com/product/140595?qxjkl=cn:UK+-+Product+Listing+Ads|cgn:Product+Listing+Ad+-+SOPHIE+HULME|tsid:15858|crid:13961380977&gclid=CKHEpuj1ybUCFUnMtAodpk0AIQ

QF your name is awesome grin

£800 is a terrible waste of money on a bag.

I'd much rather have shoes grin

Eastpoint Fri 22-Feb-13 12:52:46

I really like some of those options, especially the Marc by Marc Jacobs. Thanks ladies (shamelessly making the most of other peoples' efforts).

WMDinthekitchen Fri 22-Feb-13 12:59:25
ouryve Fri 22-Feb-13 13:04:53

£800? I'd spend £50 on the bag and spend the rest on lovely hand dyed wool and needles.

garlicbreeze Fri 22-Feb-13 13:12:58

I'd assume any £800 bag would last well - but I've had £800 clothes that definitely didn't, so maybe not! I'm going to second Mulberry because their bags are extremely fabulous and mine have always withstood years & years of severe abuse. Like all the best leather good they even improve with age. (Well, as long as you clean them occasionally.)

HorizonFocus Fri 22-Feb-13 13:20:15

£50 ouryve But a free carrier bag would do the job just as well. hmm

andadietcoke Fri 22-Feb-13 13:24:42

I love my Alexa and get a lot more use out of it than the Bays. However, the new Bays with the shoulder strap looks lovely, but I'm not sure about the gold handle. Coveting a Del Ray as well at the moment.

HappyAsEyeAm Fri 22-Feb-13 13:25:27

I love that Mulberry Bayswater in peach. Get that one, OP. Please.

Internationaltraveller Fri 22-Feb-13 13:27:02

The Chloe Marcie is just beautiful - seen it at Harrods Heathrow Term 5 for under 1000 pounds

www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/Shop-Accessories/Handbags/Cross-body-bags/Marcie-small-shoulder-bag_221-3001525-3S0860161BLK/?previewAttribute=Black

I like the Miu Miu one above and think they date less than Mulberry

Balenciaga for me too. I have 3 miu miu bags and though they are beautiful they aren't very hard wearing.

whiteandyelloworchid Fri 22-Feb-13 13:34:57

<faints>

garlicbreeze Fri 22-Feb-13 13:35:38

I like the Jimmy Choo one, to my own surprise. Seemed well made and well thought out. (Yes, these things matter!!)

This thread's making me feel deprived; I'd better hide it! Enjoy choosing & using your new bag, Butter smile

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 13:36:24

oooh, I had a similar thread recently, and the bench lot went mental on it.

In the end, I tried lots of other bags, then bought the bays in black - it's big enough to cart all my crap important items (and can fit an A4 file in if you need to be able to use it to cart work things). But it's casual enough for non-work times.

I do, however, like this from anya hindmarch

badtemperedaldbitch Fri 22-Feb-13 13:38:20

£800 is two weeks wages

I dont want to make you feel bad about spending that on a bag though... i simply have nothing to contribute to this discussion

I hope you get a bag you like, and you get to feel special on the day.

LadyFlumpalot Fri 22-Feb-13 13:39:27

Do bags actually cost that much? Crikey!

Umm, if I could, I'd probably have the most expensive Radley bag I could find then have a new Radley purse with the change.

LadyFlumpalot Fri 22-Feb-13 13:40:05

Badtempered £800 is a MONTHS wage for me!

MoodyDidIt Fri 22-Feb-13 13:41:05
spiderlight Fri 22-Feb-13 13:46:12

It's a different world, it really is...

NomNomDePlumPudding Fri 22-Feb-13 13:47:01

i would buy a nice but inexpensive leather one with a big metal clasp to beat myself around the head with for even considering spending that much money on a fucking bag. seriously, £800 for a bag? fgs.

HappyAsEyeAm Fri 22-Feb-13 13:50:11

You know what? I wouldn't spend £800 on a bag either, but I am still enjoying the thread, and virtually spending the OP's money for her. Its fun! Thee will always be people with more money than you, and there will always be people with less money than you. Tis life.

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 13:50:44

Yes, it's a lot of money to spend on yourself, yet on another thread there's people justifying smoking because they "only" spend £25 a week on fags and can afford it. that you could buy a Mulberry bayswater and still have money left over for a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes yearly for the same budget seems to be passing them by, but here the OP is being the 'selfish' one for spending that much on something for herself hmm

Reality Fri 22-Feb-13 13:51:53

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KirstyoffEastenders Fri 22-Feb-13 13:54:24

And there will always be saps who want to be like celebrities who get given this shit for free so that stupid people go out and buy it.

Southeastdweller Fri 22-Feb-13 13:55:05

I'm too poor to buy anything from Mulberry but from what I've seen and felt, their bags look fabulous and I hear they last years and years. The Bayswater in particular is what I'd go for. Your money, your choice and I bet you'd feel great when you'd have it with you. The fakes that I see regularly look so transparently cheap.

But did you know they're £900 now?

badtemperedaldbitch Fri 22-Feb-13 13:55:39

I got held up in a bank by a bloke with a gun who threatend to shoot me in the leg if i didnt give him £200.

My first thought... mind my boots then... they were £40!

£40 was a lot of money for me to spend on boots. needless to say i DIDNT give him the money and he didnt shoot me!

NomNomDePlumPudding Fri 22-Feb-13 13:57:04

i don't think it's selfish, dontmindifido, i think it's ridiculous. it's a bag. op's money though, i hope she derives great pleasure from her purchase. (smoking is selfish though, has repercussions for other people)

JambalayaCodfishPie Fri 22-Feb-13 14:00:51

What does 'bench lot' mean?

DachsandPup Fri 22-Feb-13 14:05:29

I lurve my Bayswater - do it, do it, do it smile

HoobleDooble Fri 22-Feb-13 14:06:18

I love to have the money to spend,but I don't so am quite envious! But (presuming she's in the UK) the OP is actually spending £640 on a bag, and donating £140 to the country in the form of VAT. So, I thank you for the contribution to the economy ... And enjoy your purchase OP!

Mrcrumpswife Fri 22-Feb-13 14:06:58

What does 'bench lot' mean?

I was wondering the same Jambaconfused

Totallymum Fri 22-Feb-13 14:08:50

The OP didn't ask if she was morally right to want a bag for £800, or to be judged so harshly for spending her money on something that she may have saved up for many years for. Some comments on here are unkind.

Ignore it OP, spend your money however you want. I hope you find something you love!

Nicecuppachar Fri 22-Feb-13 14:09:01

To be fair, the truly wealthy and classy people I know wouldn't be seen dead with a " statement" handbag costing hundreds.
The only women I know who hanker after these silly bags are those on very ordinary wages living very ordinary lives who have watched far too much SATC and who think an overpriced bag will give them status they can't get through their mediocre jobs and homes.

cessie322 Fri 22-Feb-13 14:14:50

I saw the Anya Hindmarch bag JumpHerWho linked to yesterday. It is a fabulous bag and if I had the money I wouldn't hesitate!

QueefLatina Fri 22-Feb-13 14:16:01

People are often shocked by others spending habits aren't they?

When I see threads on here asking people to recommend a computer tablet for their 3 year old I find myself shouting 'They are 3 years old! Get them some plastic dinosaurs and some Thomas the Tank Engine trains or something!' Save your money ffs so you can spend it on mulberry bags and cigarettes grin

JenaiMorris Fri 22-Feb-13 14:16:39

I'm not convinced by a lot of status bags. There are artisans making beautiful bags for less and I'd rather have one of those (and I don't mean ones fashioned from organic goat udders).

Having said that, I do like those Balenciaga bags grin

It's a silly amount of money but it's silly to start criticising - I'm quite sure the OP is fully aware that eight hundred quid isn't exactly peanuts.

Internationaltraveller Fri 22-Feb-13 14:21:03

No, I can't afford the bags I have suggested but I am not begrudging people for being richer than me smile and yes, the people I know who have a lot of money do have expensive bags.

Southeastdweller Fri 22-Feb-13 14:25:47

Same here international. And I don't begrudge them one bit - they know they're buying quality products that look great and will hold their value for years. Their money, their choice, their business.

The amount of judging that goes on here is depressing.

Spoonful Fri 22-Feb-13 14:32:59

I'm another one who would buy a bag for, hmm, £200- and spend the rest on a nice long weekend. Maybe Bruges. I haven't ever been there.

JenaiMorris Fri 22-Feb-13 14:34:44

Bloody hell yes Latina, re tablets for children.

WTAF do they need them for?

At least your bag will last for years and you'll get some joy out of it. An iPad on the hands of a pre-schooler is going to be broken within months.

Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 14:36:32

its partly the fact that its not even a case of seeing an amazing bag that have then found out the extortionate price of. Its youve got £800 to waste so are just trying to find any old thing to waste it on according to the brand. Whats "a bayswater" ? Surely thats just a brand, Not even a specific bag you have fallen in love with.

The last bag i bought was a bolla, good quality leather, from a lovely independant shop with great service and was about £60 and has lasted me years and still looks as good as new.

Checking out bolla bags they have one similar to one of the £900 ones shown, but for less than 10% of the price.

bollabags.com/products/buckingham-collection-3/
leatherbagsuk.com/product_info.php/products_id/380

ThenWeTakeBerlin Fri 22-Feb-13 14:37:49

I can't believe the posters criticising the OP!

Buying an 800 quid bag doesn't change the desperate situation that millions of people live in.

Reminds me of my mum saying, "think of the starving children in Africa!" when I wouldn't eat my dinner confused

This is the Style & Beauty board, what do you expect people to talk about?

Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 14:39:09

i expected them to talk about what they actually liked. Not which company can i give my money to for any old tat that im not even sure i like yet

Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 14:39:32

but then again I dont see style as being about how much youve spent and who made the item

Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 14:39:55

but i do like your leonard cohen reference username <3

Nicecuppachar Fri 22-Feb-13 14:47:28

Got it in one there Branleuse . it's all about a brand that they can show off to other mediocre dissatisfieds over their cava on a Friday evening wink

QueefLatina Fri 22-Feb-13 14:47:31

A little over budget but hey ho!

store.prada.com/en/GB/woman/handbags/top-handles/BL826M_013_F0572

I wouldn't have the money to spend on a posh bag but have no problem with those that do.

I'd definately rather have a nice handbag that get a toddler a tablet. Kids can have expensive stuff when they can afford to pay for it themselves <selfish mummy>

Doshusallie Fri 22-Feb-13 14:48:44

Mulberry all the way baby. Was in Madrid this week with mine and got comments everywhere I went. grin

EldonAve Fri 22-Feb-13 14:51:50

I like the Chloe Marcie saddlebags

HorizonFocus Fri 22-Feb-13 15:00:38

'Bench lot' is from a thread a month or so ago where a poster had been left some money in a Will specifically to buy a bag or something frivolous and loads of posters came on to tell her it was a profligate waste and she should spend it on a memorial bench.

ApplyYourself Fri 22-Feb-13 15:02:18

The OP didn't say ' come and debate with me whether I'd be morally wrong to spend £800 on a bag? ' did she?

I recommend Mulberry. I have two and they are lovely bags which last and last. I'm not a handbag person so don't have dozens of them, hence why I like the couple that I have to be really decent ones.

If that's alright with the carrier bag brigade hmm

Branleuse Fri 22-Feb-13 15:03:39

So? This is the internet. Are you new to it?

GreenEggsAndNaiceHam Fri 22-Feb-13 15:04:13

I have three jas mb bags and can't rate them highly enough. Mine were all bought for pounds in sample sales before anyone starts on me . They are classic and not status bags, so haven't dated. I think he has a website now, though liberty used to sell them too. I have a small bowling bag, an over the body cracked leather bag that is quite large and a small soft satchel cross body bag.

I also like Monsieur hulot bags as they are made in Britain and again don't seem to date. Sorry I can't do links on this phone.

JenaiMorris Fri 22-Feb-13 15:05:06

Good grief Horizon, really?

There really are some mealy-mouthed, parsimonious fuckheads about.

I thought it meant they were advocating the sports holdalls you get in Argos grin

JenaiMorris Fri 22-Feb-13 15:13:22

I'm looking for a smartish leather bag that can take an A4 folder, but I don't really fancy a briefcase. I did a swift Google GreenEggs - there are a couple of those Jas MB bags that I'd rather like and might fit the bill.

(Sorry for the thread derailment, OP)

MadameOvary Fri 22-Feb-13 15:14:46

Bayswaters are gorgeous but they are too common now (I know, I know). I got mine second hand on eBay but sold it when I realised it was too heavy for me. I love the LV Neverful bags but I dislike logo bags so wont be getting one. The bag I use all the time is a Miu Miu shopper. It's fab and looks chic.

jenny99 Fri 22-Feb-13 15:15:03

I almost bought a Bayswater a few years ago and bought a Miu Miu bag instead which I LOVE. Also love (and have) a Stella McCartney bag. Have you called the stores in Bicester too? They often have last seasons colours greatly reduced.

If you can afford to spend that much on a bag then good for you. Nobody knows what you had to do to come by that money or what it means to you xx

3monkeys3 Fri 22-Feb-13 15:23:08

Bloody hell. Do those of you having a go have a problem with any spend above the bare minimum or is it just handbags that are particularly offensive?

I would go with mulberry for that money myself. Very classic and gorgeous.

sphynx Fri 22-Feb-13 15:38:50

Mulberry alexa or Balenciaga City or Day bag.

sphynx Fri 22-Feb-13 15:40:52

Join the purse forum. You will get lots of advice from other fellow bag lovers.

Another vote for an Alexa here I love them!

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 15:53:16

Horizon - that was me! I tried lots of bags, bought a Mulberry bayswater in the end. I still consider a bench to be a total waste of money.

OP - a standard Bays is about £795 in most shops, if you want something other than the standard colours or standard finish, you'll pay more, but if you want it to last you years, then you might as well get the traditional finish and colour.

However, if it's not going to be quite so 'forever' then there are lots of other nice bags on this thread. Don't let the "your a mother now, and some people somewhere in the world are suffering so you must never treat yourself and any spare money must be spent on your DCs or on charitable causes" types stop you spending your money if you have it spare.

Hypnojo Fri 22-Feb-13 15:54:02

I treated my self to a Prada handbag a few years back but then used it everyday and it got boring. These days I'd rather buy a few good quality Italian leather ones and rotate them. Just under £100 suits me and I got a gorgeous red one from www.kimandjo.com recently.

HappyAsEyeAm Fri 22-Feb-13 15:55:55

I've always quite liked bags, but never spent more than about £150 on one. But bloody hell, this thread is converting me to buying an investment bag! I absolutely adore the Mulberry Bayswater, and some of those Balenciaga bags are gorgeous as are some of the Gucci ones. What an enjoyable hour or so I have spent taking a look! I don't know how you'll decide, OP!

maisiejoe123 Fri 22-Feb-13 15:57:51

I have a black leather Mulberry Bayswater. Have had a couple of people admire it. Very nice bag. But only got it for a very special birthday from DH. He was shocked at the price like most men are.....

QueenBOObread Fri 22-Feb-13 15:58:13

Bloody hell, the sheer rudeness of some of the posters on this thread!

OP I'd ask on the MN Vogue thread if I were you - we don't judge spending habits there and there's a fair few who know a lot about bags.

Annianni Fri 22-Feb-13 15:58:22

There's some miserable bloody people on this thread.

Do you go on to the pets topic and complain about people spending £££ on a pedigree cat or dog?

Do you moan in housekeeping if people spend £400+ on a kitchenaid and call them wasteful idiots?

Do us all a favour and go away.

Hope you find something nice op.
Ignore the complainers.

bunnymother Fri 22-Feb-13 16:07:43

I would be considering Gucci or Tom Ford or Smythson. I am unmoved by Mulberry, and also irrelevant comments on what someone wants to spend money on.

Allthingspretty Fri 22-Feb-13 16:11:55

I have a bayswater and a balenciaga day bag and have used the balenciaga loads. I make no excuses for not being precious about how it looks, ie heavily used.

The way i look at it is that i would rather have one expensive bag than lots of cheap bags that i will easily tire of. Not that i have to jutify what i spend my money on to others.

Op i would say that if you want to go to the mulberry route go to an outlet. If you cant get to one give them a ring. They will post out bags that are mot seconds etc.

Enjoy spendinh your money and selecting your dream bag

sjclarke86 Fri 22-Feb-13 16:18:09

Bayswater for sure. Mulberry classic, nice and understated unlike a louis. Wait till late June sales though it will be nearly half price. X

QueenBOObread Fri 22-Feb-13 16:23:15

OP what style attracts you? Something structured, slouchy and cool, sporty, classic?

Decameron Fri 22-Feb-13 17:40:05

I like Bayswater bags but Prada at Bicester have beautiful bags if you are anywhere nearby. I got a lovely tan one for around £500, it is quite a classic style so will hopefully use it for years.

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LulaPalooza Fri 22-Feb-13 17:59:16

Blimey, I could hear the judgey pants being hoiked by the bench crew (love that term, by the way) before I even opened the thread!

I would either buy a Bayswater or get two bags...
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs to replace my 6 year old M by MJ bag which is looking a smidge worn on the bottom, and

2. this Michael Kors Tote

And I'd have £135 left to spend in the beauty hall and on a glass of champagne to calm my nerves after spending that much cash.

OP, I hope you have lots of fun going bag shopping and that you get something you really, truly love.

Oh, and IMHO those Bollo bags are fugly.

I'm not judging splurging £800, I just think you're bonkers spending it on a bag when there are squillions of other things to buy grin

But, I do hope you find a bag you like OP (I was bought a Mulberry thingy but I barely use it, wasn't my choice)

novelsituation Fri 22-Feb-13 18:15:33

I'd add a couple of hundred and go for a Chloe Marcie. So beautiful...

LulaPalooza Fri 22-Feb-13 18:21:35

I'll take your Mulberry thingy off your hands, Gwendoline, if it's getting in your way... I'm good like that grin

PollyFrances Fri 22-Feb-13 18:26:12

I love my Bayswater. It's such a classic and subtle style. A slight word if caution, they are fairly high maintenance to begin with. You have to waterproof the leather otherwise they get water stained.

In response to the comments about price. I really do believe in buying good quality items. If you can afford it, then don't let others influence you. Everyone spends their money on different things. If you are going to use it as an everyday bag you will get good value per wear!

jenny99 Fri 22-Feb-13 18:27:36

This is terrible....as you can see from my post earlier I have a couple of lovely bags, and more that I didn't mention ....but this thread is making me think I need a Bayswater too. Oak I think ...I'm calling Bicester tomorrow!!

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 18:30:01

Gwendoline - I'll swap you the Mulberry thingy for this wink

I'd rather have that! I'm now googling to see what it is that I have...

scottishmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 18:41:16

Lol,I see the how much crew have turned up could buy a caravan for that yada yada
A good bag holds it's resale and looks good,and if yiu can afford it you don't need to justify
Least of all not to the just use a manky freezer bag, it's cheaper,crew

madammecholet Fri 22-Feb-13 18:44:47

Bench Brigadegrin..... yawn.

I would choose a chloe marcie (altho heavy) or Gucci Jackie (lusted for ages) or 2nd hand chanel 2.55, or look at Anya.... <swoon>

I've saved a £1k recently, tempted by a handbag but ended up booking a girls trip to New York instead grin grin

JenaiMorris Fri 22-Feb-13 18:45:26

You could buy fourteen and a half of those for the price of one of these bags.

There are children even today who don't even have ONE self-assembly garden bench sad

Some people don't know they're born angry

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 22-Feb-13 18:57:51

I am going to buy a nice bag this year.
Last spring I bought a lovely buttery leather slouchy job for about £200- the most I have ever spent.
Within 3 weeks, a pen had leaked through the leather. sad

noviceoftheday Fri 22-Feb-13 19:12:42

Hi, firstly ignore the hand wringing/bench/how much brigade. Their posts are quite amusing though grin

The Mulberry bayswater won't date if you get it in a classic colour. I have a bayswater but not in the oak. I agree with Amber. Have you thought about a Smythson? They are such beautiful bags. My favourite one is the Nancy, but the Agatha is gorgeous too. They are about the £800/£900 mark.

Balenciaga City has been a stable for a good few years now and is now considered a classic. The really roomy bag is approx £1200, however, I saw that they have started doing smaller versions for approx £800. They are gorgeous bags.

The Chloe Marcie is new and comes in a tan. Again the really roomy one is approx £1100 but they do a smaller version for £800 ish. I agree that it is a heavy bag!

If you are thinking classic tan, then you should also think about Longchamps or Tods. Classic with a bit of twist then maybe the Madison bag by Coach (its actually cheaper approx £500 ish from memory). Also Micahel Kors do some really gorgeous tan bags.

Prada bags tend to be well made and I always think of as classic (eg more so than Gucci). I think they date well so I still use Pradas from 10 years ago.

Finally, I would also recommend Aspinal. Not as well known as Mulberry and slightly cheaper. Check out the hepburn bag which is beautiful and I always get compliments when I use mine.

Hope that helps!

scottishmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 19:18:58

Yes to smythson

QueenBOObread Fri 22-Feb-13 19:23:38

Jenai - grin at children deprived of self-assembly garden benches. If Alan Titchmarsh were to do a version of Ripping Yarns... eee, in my day, we din't have none of those self-assembly benches, noo we only had pointed sticks to sit on...

blossoming Fri 22-Feb-13 19:25:12

Love my balenciaga classic town that I saved up for. Ten years I'd been coveting it, which does give it longevity. I use it for work and casual. I have a pencil case for my pens.

coffeeinbed Fri 22-Feb-13 19:29:16

Smythson are much better made that Mulberry.

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scottishmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 19:36:05

Smythson are classic well made
Not blingy or fashionista, just good

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Fri 22-Feb-13 19:36:10

Personally I'm of the 100 quid for something I liked in the John Lewis sale/TK Maxx and spend the rest on a weekend in Rome persuasion, but I'm curious, and would like enlightening from the cognoscenti - exactly how well do these bags last? If you filled it with the normal crap and used it every day for your commute, how long would it last? Because I've never had an everyday bag last longer than a year - respectable but not high end bags, Radley, Osprey, Fossil etc, they just start looking knackered. Would shelling out for proper Mulberry make a lot of difference?

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 22-Feb-13 19:41:19

Dh bought me a LK Bennett bag once as a surprise and I have never used it.
It is bright pink and just not me.

scottishmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 19:51:33

Do they last?yes the leather is thick, the coloring tends to be dense,high quality
They age better,i use makeup bag,penil case,spray 3-4 times scotch guard to protect
Resale price good too

milk Fri 22-Feb-13 20:32:09

Launer Encore Handbag is just beautiful smile

sosooootired Fri 22-Feb-13 20:37:13

my biggest objection to mulberry bags are they're too heavy
and as with LV bags people will assume it's a fake so it looks either silly or trying too hard
i have no problem with people paying whatever they like for a bag, a beautiful leather bag will give you a lot of pleasure!

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 20:47:38

Lula, I bloody love that Michael Kors tote!

I am not really into bags. But that is singing to me.

What does tote even mean???

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susiefen Fri 22-Feb-13 20:57:22

Just an opinion, but I had a discussion at work with someone who was very shock at me buying a £500 Mulberry Roxanne at the Bicester outlet, but happily spent £4k on a family cruise - for a week. i didn't get it as I don't do massive holiday spending, but several years later I still have my lovely bag and they will have spent lot more £££ on holidays. No brainer for me (and fortunately my family as we have had lots of fab holidays in the UK!)

chickensandbees Fri 22-Feb-13 21:05:43

Dontmindifido's thread was started when i was planning to get an expensive bag for a big birthday. The bench brigade annoyed me then as they do now. . . But only enough to make me laugh! A good friend was also appalled when i said what i was planning to get. sad

I eventually got a Mulberry Alexa grin. I love it. Absolutely love it. Everytime i look at it makes me smile.

Ignore the bench brigade and get your bag.

bunnymother Fri 22-Feb-13 21:07:27

I saw an Aigner bag in the window of a 2nd hand boutique and it looked lovely. Quite luxurious in a low key way. Celine do some beautiful bags, as do Valentino. Not v helpful w no links or style names, but am sure you'll cope grin

chickensandbees Fri 22-Feb-13 21:08:09

Also agree with susiefan. If you said you were spending it on a computer or holiday noone would moan. But a good bag could last longer than both.

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 21:12:11

I actually can't stop looking at it.

Have a significant birthday coming up, perhaps it is time to get stylish.

It is just lush.

Reality Fri 22-Feb-13 21:15:23

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Allthingspretty Fri 22-Feb-13 21:17:54

I have a mulberry mabel (goat leather) has been used everyday and been soaked by the rain and still looks good around five years later. Bought in the sales.

Internationaltraveller Fri 22-Feb-13 21:21:11

Michael kors you can get cheaper in N.america. That Hamilton tote is nice but very heavy - I saw a medium sized Michael Kors Hamilton in costco for 280 c$ - didn't buy it as couldn't justify it, and it now gone! sad

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Feb-13 21:21:12

AHEM

scottishmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 21:23:18

A great bag looks great,accessorises any outfit,lifts mood,smells great,gets admiring glances
But hey could carry a free one from suoermarket,and congratulate self on thrift
But seeing I ca afford it,I'll go for gorgeous bag and to hell with could buy a car for that

justasecond Fri 22-Feb-13 21:23:21

I think £800 on a bag is good value for money compared to a holiday that only lasts a few days! A quality bag will last forever and you will get money back if you sell it. Enjoy OP, ignore the haters!
BTW love Chloe paraty (out of budget) and marcie in any style

Internationaltraveller Fri 22-Feb-13 21:24:34

A bag could possible get you a flight upgrade grin

scottishmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 21:24:45

Are you clearing your throat Olivia or has this somehow got yer goat?

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 21:25:44

Reality, I do get you. I don't think I can imagine spending £800 on a bag.
I'd far rather a holiday.
BUT if you can afford to do both then what is the harm?

And I LOVE that Michael Kors tote, it is only £285. And I would use it every day.

I suppose it is all about priorities. I worked with someone who was head to toe designer, Jimmy Choos, botoxed to fuck, would rather die than shop high street. Flashy car. But she lived with her Dad. At the age of 30. That is strange.

chickensandbees Fri 22-Feb-13 21:27:43

Although i have found one problem with getting a bag you love...one may not be enough!!!

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 21:27:48

INternational, doesn't matter if it is heavy, just another way to tone the bingo wings!

I need this bag. I really do.

Labradorlover Fri 22-Feb-13 21:30:27

Due to spending my teenage years in a dodgy bit of North London and seeing too many pals have their bags snatched, I've only recently got my head round the idea of even carrying a bag as opposed to using pockets.......
Those with expensive bags, are you not worried about being mugged, just for your bag, let alone the contents?

In defense of the bench sitters, the OP said something was holding her back....

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 21:31:50

For a lot of people it's not 'either or' for holidays etc. '£800 treat' sounds a lot, but then '£15 a week treat' doesn't sound a lot does it - but over a year it would be the same.

singaporefling Fri 22-Feb-13 21:32:53

Anything Bottega Veneta....subtle luxury, intricately exsquisitely plaited, softest leather, classier, far more rare and seldom copied....

Reality Fri 22-Feb-13 21:33:39

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noviceoftheday Fri 22-Feb-13 21:37:29

Nope never worry about being mugged for the bag. They're far more likely to want the iPhone etc.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Feb-13 21:40:31

Peace, Fierce and LOVE stylistas
Be nice to one another.

Internationaltraveller Fri 22-Feb-13 21:40:36

lizzylou I felt the same way so I banned myself from going I to the shop. now I want a marc Jacobs Natasha - think I am after the smallest bag imaginable after carrying around baby bag and so much stuff for so long!

Tigerstripes Fri 22-Feb-13 21:40:55

Yes to Aspinal. If I had the money, I would buy the Marylebone (£740). So pretty and not as commonly seen as other brands.

Internationaltraveller Fri 22-Feb-13 21:42:45

I used to be on a police crime alert email for our neighbourhood. Someone got mugged for their cheap cocktail ring from accessorize - muggers thought it was genuine. You can't win either way!

PollyFrances Fri 22-Feb-13 21:43:36

The original poster never mentioned that she was going without a holiday or a computer to buy this bag...

coffeeinbed Fri 22-Feb-13 21:44:52

Blimey.
We managed the proverbial handbags at dawn.

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 21:45:53

Well they are, my priorities are always holidays/days out/the children. Or good food.

Not bothered about cars, not bothered about having latest ipad or whatever.

When I turned 30 I had my bonus cheque in hand and went shopping for an expensive bag in Harvey Nicks and Selfridges. I couldn't find anything I liked enough to part with the cash. Next month I was pregnant with DS1 and spending on cots/buggies etc.
I am now edging to 40 (weeks now!) and have found my bag. Only on this thread, will have to look at it in the flesh first.

There has always been people on MN with huge budgets, and those without. Unfortunately that is life.

noviceoftheday Fri 22-Feb-13 21:48:19

Oooh which bag LizzyLou?

<waves to Olivia>

too
angry at horrible comments. People spend their money on different things in life.......op was just asking about bags not about ethics!

OP my fashion advice is always to follow your heart, if you really fall in love with an item just get it because if you compromise or get talked out of it you'll always regret it. My fav bits are things I felt a bit guilty buying. Get the Bayswater...................not a bench grin

Apologies for weird links

coraltoes Fri 22-Feb-13 21:50:03

As someone who recently bought a large bottega venetta bag I'd say try them. £800 will get you something small though, does size matter? They are so &#373;onderfully made, and subtle. My mulberry bags have aged nicely...ysl too. Less pleased with my ferragamo clutch, so beware those!

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 21:52:21

Novice it this One

I have no idea why. I just really want it!

coraltoes Fri 22-Feb-13 21:53:55

Labradrlover... My bags are not the bling shit a mugger would recognise. Ie: monogrammed lv etc. they prob wouldn't know a bottega if it bit them on their horse kebab. Plus I am a karate black belt- seriously (was aged 17, now just a bit kamikaze and cross)

Allthingspretty Fri 22-Feb-13 21:55:08

Chic and seek for pre loved bags and then you can get more than one bag!
chicandseek.com/bags?page=1&pageSize=99999

Sulawesi Fri 22-Feb-13 21:55:41

Oh god I want it all! Handbags, shoes, holidays (not in a caravan though sweeties), iPad, pids, pods - the lot! I make no apologies and am enjoying looking at all these links.

What I don't want though is a bench ta very much.

noviceoftheday Fri 22-Feb-13 21:55:52

Oh I love that one too LizzyLousmile My friend has it and thinking of getting it myself.

Allthingspretty Fri 22-Feb-13 22:03:53

I think it was lauren laverne in an interview who said follow your bliss.

Some people find bliss in having am expensive handbag..some dont.

Nobody is right nobody is wrong so follow your bliss whatvet it may be...

H

Allthingspretty Fri 22-Feb-13 22:05:41

And op lool on the purse forum and theres a ther in he mulberry sevtion is an outlet tjread umder the shopping heading. Tells you some of the stock amd prices. Some serious reductions on some bags it seems

Lizzylou Fri 22-Feb-13 22:06:30

Making plans to touch it in real life Novice and then will invest I think.
No idea why I like it so much. Currently have a lilylolo black one which is OK.
The MK one just looks right for me.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 22-Feb-13 22:18:38

£800 on an investment handbag is entirely reasonable and I would urge you to go forth and spoil yourself smile. I love bags. As this is your first bag, I would suggest you get a classic style that will not date (and can be resold easily with limited OSS if you don't get on with it). I'd be inclined to go oak, black or chocolate colour Mulberry NVT leather bayswater or buffalo leather oversize alexa. Have a fabulous time choosing whatever brand/style suits you.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 22-Feb-13 22:19:31

Limited loss not OSS!

singaporefling Fri 22-Feb-13 22:39:41

Coraltoes...i agree, you wouldn't get a whole lot of a bottega for £800 these days...but they're so subtle, discreet, age beautifully... Most people wouldn't recognise them which suits me just fine...

issimma Fri 22-Feb-13 22:50:05

Anya Hindmarch Ebury
Celine nano

Less ubiquitous than mulberry and v beautiful.
<eyes own new look handbag with scorn, sighs.>

CooEeeEldridge Fri 22-Feb-13 22:56:48

coraltoes 'horse kebab' made me laugh big time. Haven't read this thread op, but I have a collection of 5 unique fendi bags that no one would necessarily 'know' (and mug me for) and I love them to death! True classics that I've never stopped using., I'm not down with current trends but if personally go for Chanel if I did have it spare at the mo.. Enjoy shopping!!!!

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Fri 22-Feb-13 23:05:35

I have had several Louis Vuittons and a Prada bag that cost a fortune but I have never had a Mulberry.

I think I will have a Effie or Daria for my birthday.

Enjoy what ever you decide on OP.

EllaFitzgerald Sat 23-Feb-13 01:16:02

Another Mulberry fan here, have three of them, my all time favourite is the Luella by Luella Bartley for Mulberry. I still regret not buying the Roxanne when I was in a position to, so if you've been lusting after a Bayswater, I'd go for that.

Although if you're in the market for a clutch, I'd go for Philip Treacy.

utopian99 Sat 23-Feb-13 03:56:38

Second vote for chic and seek to get something glorious if you can - I'd be be prepared to hold out to find a hermes or smythson if i was looking for something branded.

BUT if it was my £800 I'd go straight to [[ www.manchesterfashion.com/c/19/657/brand-in-focus-a-few-fine-things these]] people - my last three bags have been made by them and they're stunning looking, I get people crossing the street to ask about them. You can choose your leathers etc or buy ready made, and they're not ubiquitous like mulberry. (yes, flame me for exclusivity snobbery!)

noviceoftheday Sat 23-Feb-13 06:48:53

I was shying away from saying that the bayswater was ubiquitous but on the train to work, it does feel like every other woman has one either in the oak or black. That's probably why it's considered a classic but I think of it as a dull but safe purchase for a first big purchase.

littlewhitebag Sat 23-Feb-13 07:25:00

I have three Mulberry's. My favourite one is a plain black messenger bag which i use every single day. It's perhaps not quite what you were looking for though.

My DD has a beautiful quilted Chanel bag but it cost over £1000! She bought it when she turned 16 using all the money people gave her for her birthday plus a loan from her dad which she has diligently paid off (she is 20 now). She rarely uses it but Chanel is her style icon and she views it like a piece or art.

Southeastdweller Sat 23-Feb-13 07:28:24

I was shying away from saying that the bayswater was ubiquitous but on the train to work, it does feel like every other woman has one either in the oak or black.

I see them on my commute too often but 9/10 they're fakes.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 23-Feb-13 08:14:10

Is this S&B or The Moral Maze - I often get confused nowadays.

I wouldn't do mulberry as personally think the brand isn't what it was. I like Anya bags but would tend to buy from Bicester.

I'd love a Marcie but for longevity would go for Bottega Veneta - yes £££ but no little children in sweatshops were involved in making it - something the £5 from primark people seem to have no moral issues with wink

I also assume that if you can afford a designer bag then you may also be able to afford weekends away etc but I don't really care what other people spend their money on.

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Sat 23-Feb-13 08:23:16

I flog one of the kids, add the proceeds to my £800 and buy a ps1

buttercrumble Sat 23-Feb-13 08:23:19

Oooh thanks for some great ideas, im going to have to decide between quite a few suggestions on here now.......

Levantine Sat 23-Feb-13 08:31:57

Lol at "is this S&B or the Moral Maze?" grin

<Round of applause for MrsCB>

Bayswaters are lovely, but agree ten a penny. I see dozens on my commute every day. I'm guilty mind, but mine is Navy and sparkly, so a bit more jazzy.

Buy something you love and it will never steer you wrong. I recently bought an Alexander Wang Rocco after coveting it for years and I feel so happy every time I use it.

Sugarice Sat 23-Feb-13 09:38:50

There's a stunning black and white bag I've seen Gywneth Paltrow wearing recently, it is just gorgeous, I don't know who designed it but fab!!.

I would love a Balenciaga if I could get my grotty mitts on one.

Enjoy your bag OP, whichever one you buy!

racmun Sat 23-Feb-13 09:42:50

I love Mulberry bags.

Go for an Alexa it's perfect if you have a pram to push because of the long strap I use mine nearly everyday.

I've got a Bayswater which I hardly use as it is a but awkward/formal with kids- depends what you want it for really.

Or go for an Antony messenger and an evening clutch which will work out about £800 for both

sphynx Sat 23-Feb-13 09:53:23

I have an oak Mulberry Alexa, black Balenciaga City and black classic Balenciaga day. I also have a few other mulberries bought in the sale or from outlets. I have a black bayswater for work. I love all my bags and I know I will have them forever. They all make me happy when I use them. I tend to reach for my Balenciaga day bag the most as it is so light and easy to use and also fits well over a winter coat. In summer i like to use my oak alexa. Balenciaga bags have lovely soft leather and I think they look edgy. Have fun choosing! Please let us know what you choose.

NoraSpect Sat 23-Feb-13 09:56:14

I like this one.

But, I love this one and this one.

I love my Prada ones. I mean, just scroll down this page. The colours are amazing, it greatly please me grin

LulaPalooza Sat 23-Feb-13 12:28:51

LizzyLou the MK bag is lovely, isn't it? I mad a decision last night that I'm going to buy it when I get made redundant later this year! Maybe I should use a bit more of the money to go on a trip to NY or DC, Internationaltraveller and buy it there?!

Tote bags are bags with no zip or fastening, used for shopping. Ease of access.

However, I don't think I'll be doing my weekly shop with my MK tote.

LulaPalooza Sat 23-Feb-13 12:45:40

Ooh you're not wrong about those Prada bags, Nora. Beautiful.

Looks like I was wrong about tote bags not having a fastening... the Prada totes have zips

Eastpoint Sat 23-Feb-13 12:46:22

I think all the Mulberry bags are made in Somerset, its one of the reasons they are expensive, all their employees are paid proper wages & are adults. The COO of Mulberry moved to Loewe with Stuart Vevers about 4 years ago - she was very good at testing the bags before they went into production to ensure they were resilient. Since she left I think they have gone more slebby. I like the Loewe bags but they are more expensive.

The Chloe Marcie looks fab on, I have a friend with one & it always looks beautiful, great on school run or for work.

Maryz Sat 23-Feb-13 12:53:35

Bloody hell.

I am cheekily marking my place on this thread to show it to dd later. She will love the links and I'm hoping it might inspire her to do a bit of work, so she can have a future lifestyle allowing her to buy me herself bags like this.

AntPants1 Sat 23-Feb-13 13:15:51

The thing is you use your bag every day. That's how I justified my Michael Kors Bag last year. I smile every time I look at it!

eminemmerdale Sat 23-Feb-13 13:25:41

I would love love love a trendy satchel type bag - not cambridge ones but one of the soft leather types <sigh> like this sort of thing

issimma Sat 23-Feb-13 13:26:49

Love the Prada link - that'll be my first port of call when I win the lottery. Just spent a happy time choosing 'the one'

neighbourhoodwitch Sat 23-Feb-13 13:28:02

Bayswater but a Bayswater Tote :-)

Sulawesi Sat 23-Feb-13 13:34:59

I love that PS1, gorgeous. Trust me to pick THE most expensive bag on this thread grin!

coffeeinbed Sat 23-Feb-13 13:51:08

I have a Loewe bag.
Wore it for years and years and it's still in very good shape.
No logos, nothing, so very wearable.
Just well made.

coraltoes Sat 23-Feb-13 14:15:39

Oh and yes to Prada, beautiful, not in your face and amazing colours. Getting one next month for work as a bonus treat...just need to choose a colour! Ignore the "haters" as beyond would say, enjoy treating yourself. Why should it matter to someone else what you spend YOUR money on?! Better than smoking it or shooting it into your veins.

Bellebelle Sat 23-Feb-13 14:16:16

Mulberry Alexa is the best bag I've bought for versatility - satchel style when hands full, carry using handle for smarter look. However I wouldn't get too hung up about buying something classic, just get something you love. I think the days of bags 'dating' are gone, a well made, well loved bag looks better IMO. I bought some Miu Miu bags in the late '90's (I was VERY irresponsible with my student loan blush) and still use them now.

I'm currently coveting a 3.1 Philip Lim bag. Either a Pashil Satchel (again can be worn either way) in dark blue or a 31hr bag in aubergine. The leather is beautiful and they tend to be slightly cheaper than Mulberry.

Bellebelle Sat 23-Feb-13 14:18:07

Yes to Lowe too, beautifully well made and understated.

armagh Sat 23-Feb-13 15:30:33

I'd keep saving so i could buy a Chanel grin.

LulaPalooza Sat 23-Feb-13 16:09:49

I wonder how long it would take to save up for this?

How much would I get for a kidney, d'you reckon?

Paribus Sat 23-Feb-13 16:21:54

OP, wait for sales- this year they were selling medium Chloe parakyte bag www.google.co.uk/search?q=chloe+paraty+bag&hl=ru&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=q-ooUY3BIcmt0QWSh4DgDg&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=690 for around 700 in Harrods and I got large Chloe Marcie in tan for around 660 in Harrods sale as well! The same applies to most of the brands, so you might want to wait.
I personally love Ferragamo Sofia-www.google.co.uk/search?hl=ru&biw=1024&bih=690&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=ferragamo+sofia+bag&oq=ferragamo+so&gs_l=img.1.0.0i19l3j0i5i19l4.199176.206113.0.207806.27.23.0.3.3.9.308.2464.7j13j0j1.21.0...0.0...1ac.1.4.img.YBQXRZDb2Lw, bought it in grey for about 600 in stylebop's winter sale- so it's worthwhile to have a look at official online retailers of the luxury goods as they might have some very good deals.
Bayswater bags are beauiful but stain easily so beware ;).

Paribus Sat 23-Feb-13 16:27:14

Forgot to mention- Anya Hindmarch bags are beautiful and wear really well, and so does LV Neverfull- I had mine for 4 years, have been using it almost every day as it's very light, practical and goes with everything,have been lugging tons of baby/toddler/preschooler stuff in it, bottles of water, gym wear, taking it on the planes, to the beach- it still looks like new!

Paribus Sat 23-Feb-13 16:31:49

And have a look at Coach bags- they ate relatively new here, but very popular in the States. Very good leather, nice designs.

NewChoos Sat 23-Feb-13 19:28:54

I've got a black bayswater, I love it but it is a bit too heavy (sometime I make DH carry it mid trip).
Definitely worth a trip to Bicester village if you are near, often good buys in Anya Hindmarch, less options in Mulberry. Also a Michael Kors, Coach and an Orla Kiely with good discounts.

NewChoos Sat 23-Feb-13 19:29:33

Would love a Hermes...

Daffyboobface Sat 23-Feb-13 20:08:54

I have a five year old Mulberry, which I have treated with SERIOUS disrespect - sippy cups rolling around in it, squashed raisins on the bottom, the occasional penicilin-like culture grown from discarded sandwiches and it STILL looks good (on the outside).

Cost per wear, I think it's done pretty well.

buttercrumble Sun 24-Feb-13 14:16:41

Pretty much decided it will be a mulberry bayswater in oak, has anybody managed to get hold if one in the mulberry outlet at york. I dont suppose they will get the more popular styles in that much.....

Allthingspretty Sun 24-Feb-13 14:25:51

I dont think that you will stand a good chance of getting a oak bays at any oytlwt butter to be honeat. They are open today so give them a call. If they do have a perfect one they can post them out.

PenfoldRocks Sun 24-Feb-13 17:53:39

I've been to shepton mallet outlet today to buy my 40th birthday pressie. Only bays were in khaki, fuscia or off white unless you want to pay 2 grand for ponyskin. I went in with the bays in mind but the tote too big and the satchel too structured. I got the evalina satchel in fudge. Is my 5th mulberry, but I use them everyday and they still look great - price per wear is negligible!

PenfoldRocks Sun 24-Feb-13 17:54:20

Oh - the listing on the purse forum of stock was pretty accurate, so worth a look maybe?

sunnyO Sun 24-Feb-13 20:23:10

Most I have spent on bag was 1,600 and it got stolen. So that was that.

The best way not to feel guilty about splurging out on a bag is to save every month - little by little. It's more satisfying that way.

sunnyO Sun 24-Feb-13 20:23:55

Would love a Hermes...

Who wouldn't? smile

Bramblesinafield Mon 25-Feb-13 11:14:08

I've just invested in the oak bayswater. Lovely. Smells gorgeous and glad to support uk workers. I phoned the factory outlet on delivery days for a few weeks, but no joy, so picked it up from selfridges. I asked them to get all their oak bayswaters out and chose the one I liked best - each slightly different.

I'm very pleased with it, and have sprayed it with the waterproofing spray.

JumpHerWho Mon 25-Feb-13 11:54:34

Brambles - Mulberry no longer make their bags in the UK, they've outsourced it to China...

Bramblesinafield Mon 25-Feb-13 11:56:12

Massive sigh. Thought they were made in Somerset (think it said up thread). It's still lovely.

DontmindifIdo Mon 25-Feb-13 12:12:01

Brambles and Jump - on the Mulberry website here (and Wikipedia) they still talk about the manufacturing taking place in Somerset, with a new factory just opened in Somerset.

I did, however find an article in the Guardian talking about Burberry having stuck "made in Britain" labels on things mainly made in China but then doing finishing touches (like buttons being added) in the UK and so allowing them to put "Made in Britian" on it. In that article (from last year), it mentioned that Mulberry was in the process of returning manufacturing back to the UK from China now they had opened their new factory, so it could be that it was a tempory thing before this new one in Somerset was opened.

Therefore it looks like older Mulberry was made in Britain, newer Mulberry has been made in Britain, there's a bit in the middle of a couple of years before their new factory opened where some styles were being made in Somerset and some in China. If you are buying now, you're buying Somerset. (It also looks like the move to the UK production coinsides with the prices going up)

suebfg Mon 25-Feb-13 12:16:35

I have a couple of Mulberry bags and frankly I wouldn't waste my money on any more. Any bag will eventually look tired, regardless of how much you spend on it, and you will get bored of the style.

Bramblesinafield Mon 25-Feb-13 12:27:38

That's good to read, don't mind. There's an interesting section on the ukfactory on their website. My grandad was a cobbler in northants many years ago, for Barker's shoes. I had some of the leather off cuts to play making stuff for my dolls with as a child. That lovely good leather smell brings back happy childhood memories!

ItsintheBag Mon 25-Feb-13 13:13:34

If money were no object I would love a Mulbery Del Ray. or Miu Miu leather tote.

MillieTom Mon 25-Feb-13 17:28:26

I just bought a mulberry and it was made in England. Just make sure you fully protect with waterproof spray.

I would use the money to go on holiday and purchase a £20 bag from NewLookgrin
Must admit i'm rather jealous of anyone that can throw away £800 on a bagshockenvy (not jel of the bag, just the availability/throwawayness to cash)

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Mon 25-Feb-13 17:44:39

But a holiday is over and done with so quickly. A bag will last forever

ooo a chanel I'd love one. who's dd was it saved for one? I'm vv jealous.
we all earn our cash right, so can spend it anyway we want. glad I didn't get much response over my wedding shoe dilemma in December. I saved £1200 for them which I was fully prepared to spend the lot. in the end after a trip to London and trying on several pairs I settled on 400 quid choos.
op there's soooo many bags I covet I'd have to try them all out in the shops before making a decision!

ItsintheBag Tue 26-Feb-13 08:07:57

I don't get the fuss either over spending money on a bag.A week in the sun would be wasted on me.I hate the sun and all those package resorts are my idea of hell.
Mulberry is my idea of heaven. smile

GoodtoBetter Tue 26-Feb-13 09:55:30

You can spend your money on anything you like, I'm just [shocked] that anyone has 800 quid to spend on something as frivolous as a bag, because I only earn 1200 euros a month. But then I'm not much interested in bags. I'm just surprised by how much money some people must have (and I really don't say that with a cat's bum face, honest).

GoodtoBetter Tue 26-Feb-13 09:56:25

Am also surprised how fucking UGLY some really expensive bags are!

buttercrumble Tue 26-Feb-13 10:13:43

I work really hard for very little money, and have saved for 18 months to buy a nice bag. I dont smoke , drink or go out all the time . A nice bag is my treat and ive worked really hard for it, so i cant wait to treat myself....

issimma Tue 26-Feb-13 12:23:31

enjoy - and let us know which one you go for grin

Southeastdweller Tue 26-Feb-13 18:04:29

Is there a Mulberry shop in York? If not I would take the day off work if possible and make a day of it in Leeds. Girly/solo lunch, taxi home, that kind of thing!

buttercrumble Tue 26-Feb-13 18:13:36

What a great idea . There is a mulberry outlet in york (almost certain i wouldnt get a bayswater from them) But more than happy to go for a day out in leeds to buy a new one. I didnt realise they had a mulberry shop in leeds smile

Southeastdweller Tue 26-Feb-13 18:17:57

Just seen that there's also a shop in York, but from what I recall when I walked past last year, the Leeds shop is a little bigger.

Insecure24 Tue 26-Feb-13 18:28:15

I spent £800 on a mulbs, OP and I love it. Your money, your choice. Enjoy smile

Southeastdweller Sun 10-Mar-13 20:42:41

Did you get it?

millie19 Sun 10-Mar-13 22:04:53

Bayswater all the way buttercrumble - I bought myself one 6 years ago and it's seen me thru all sorts, plus weathered the crapola you carry around with 2 kids (post baby stages!), and looks as sexy as it did on the day it was purchased, albeit a bit more weathered! Classic, timeless and British made! Although I have to admit I would DIE for one of these but its safe to say unless I win the Euromillions lottery that won't be happening! I have got a large Somerset tote too and that's been a corker. Sorry blush I'm a big Mulberry fan!

valiumredhead Mon 11-Mar-13 10:12:27

'Bench lot' is from a thread a month or so ago where a poster had been left some money in a Will specifically to buy a bag or something frivolous and loads of posters came on to tell her it was a profligate waste and she should spend it on a memorial bench

I missed that grin

When I was left some money by my grandparents the first thing I did was go out and buy an expensive watch that I had been lusting after for YEARS - every time I look at the time it makes me smile smile

Enjoy your new bag OP x

ExpatWifey Mon 11-Mar-13 13:02:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pseudonymity Mon 11-Mar-13 18:39:47

I don't know why people keep saying that Mulberry quality has gone down. I went and cast my eye on them the other day and the quality seemed excellent, potentially higher than other bags in that price range. I have a Mulberry from years ago and I can't say it's better quality than those being made now.

millie19 Tue 12-Mar-13 11:24:13

I don't think Mulberry quality has gone down at all - over the last 6-7 years I've bought a Bayswater grin, Somerset, Del Ray and most recently one of their new goat skin fold over clutches. All gorgeous, all really well made and the first two have held up to all sorts of bashing by me & small people. The other 2 are like taxi shoes - going out only and only with protector spray wink. Whatever you spend your money on with be an investment bag - perhaps not on the scale of an Hermes Birkin which can increase in value as they years go on, but will be an investment to you. Cover whatever you buy in leather protector spray and enjoy it! So what if its "just a bag"?!! It's your bag, your money & you spend it how you want smile

mrsrhodgilbert Tue 12-Mar-13 17:07:19

I've just read this thread with great interest. I own quite a few Mulberry bags, purchased over the last 3 years. I love them and get great pleasure from carrying them. Call me shallow if you like. I bought a black Bayswater yesterday from the York outlet for £556. It had just arrived in store, I was probably the first customer I see it and I bought it straight away. It's for my birthday in 3 weeks and DH was planning to buy me a full price one from elsewhere so is thrilled that I've saved us £250. I was very lucky but it shows it is possible to strike lucky. To those asking the York outlet is a great and friendly shop, browsing is absolutely fine and welcomed and I've had a few real bargains from there.

For me I'd rather have something I can enjoy everyday than more holidays. I don't smoke, drink little and I've never been on a long haul holiday. I know I'm very fortunate to be able to spend that much money on a bag now, but I'm nearly 50 and this would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Getting older has to have some benefits. Leave the OP alone.

mrsrhodgilbert Tue 12-Mar-13 17:12:43

Just to add, my bag was made in England. Yes there are some bags made abroad now but manufacturing is still alive and well here with a brand new factory as well as the old original one. If you're going to sneer at least get your facts correct.

Southeastdweller Tue 12-Mar-13 20:21:30

Yeah I'd read they were opening a new factory here. Great brand, great business, great products.

buttercrumble Thu 23-May-13 07:12:05

Hi just wanted to update, after months of umming and aahing i finally took the plunge and went for the bayswater in black. Its beautiful im so pleased with it, i just need to save for the oak now. I also love the Anthony, i will have to work till im 80 at this rate smile

buttercrumble Thu 23-May-13 07:14:51

Sorry typo i meant antony blush

cardamomginger Thu 23-May-13 08:28:14

Enjoy!

glamstretchmarks Thu 23-May-13 11:13:51

I don't understand the poster that said get a cheap bag and go on holiday with the rest, then started arguing about the morals issues of spending loads of a bag....

Some of us couldn't care for holidays, where as a nice bag that looks pretty that we can enjoy using and taking care of... something that lasts years and years rather than is used as a 'break' for only a short amount of time...

I don't get it... I would get myself a gorgeous bag, no matter what the price, if I could afford it, rather than go on holiday or something equally... meh.

Enjoy your bag OP... I am so skint you have no idea but can accept that others aren't without getting bitchy and jealous (and then deciding to turn it into a non existent moral issue because of that jealousy!) grin

cardamomginger Thu 23-May-13 13:17:52

Also glad the OP didn't get a bench (although that might have been another handbag thread). A bench is so impractical - far too heavy to carry around for anything other than a very short distance and your keys and lippy just fall through the slats.

LulaPalooza Thu 23-May-13 13:23:44

Yay! Good for you buttercrumble. Glad you love your bag.

Heh @ cardamom

LulaPalooza Thu 23-May-13 13:27:13

BLOODY BLOODY HELL!! The MK tote bag I linked to near the beginning of this thread has gone up in price by £20 since I last posted on this thread! It was £285 previously.

Gggrrr at Selfridges.

Southeastdweller Sat 25-May-13 16:15:14

Thanks for the update. Glad the bag is as you expected smile. Enjoy!

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