It has been a while since I answered a question for Ask Megs, and it is time to bring it back. Whether it is a gift idea, helping narrowing down a bag choice, or anything else related to our coveted arm candy, I'd love to help out. This week, a reader wrote to ask for help to find the perfect bag for her 40th birthday gift from her husband.
Please could you advise what you could recommend to buy for about $1500. I live in London and have lots of designer bags, so I am very lucky and not sure what to invest in next.
My husband has very sweetly offered to gift me a bag for my 40th birthday. I would like a shoulder bag or one that can be carried in the crook of my arm. I would also like it in a brown or red color, but I'm open to different colors.
I am considering a Mulberry bag - but which one?
All advice is gratefully appreciated!
Mrs. N. P.
Thanks for writing! You are very lucky to already have an amazing collection and another new bag coming for your birthday. I focused on finding you some great Mulberry bags, but there are a few other designers with a similar aesthetic that I think you should check out. I decided on bags that pair classic with everyday wearable in a final product that you will be thrilled to carry for years to come. I stuck with options from Net-A-Porter for easy delivery for you! Here are my choices:
Mulberry Alexa Leather Bag in peach-pink | $1,250
Since you specifically named Mulberry, I found a few options. The Alexa is super stylish and I love the femininity the peach pink color offers.
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Gucci Jackie Shoulder Bag in cherry | $1,790
Not super red, this cherry hued Gucci bag is timeless and elegant. Truth be told, it might be my favorite on the list.
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Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two Large Leather Tote in navy | $1,350
YSL designed the Muse Two to be everyday wearable. There is a subtle nod at colorblocking on this version and it will look great being carried in the crux of your arm.
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Mulberry Taylor textured-leather satchel | $1,350
The Taylor is a different look for Mulberry, but I quite like it. It is more casual than the Alexa but still easy to pair with many outfits.
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Marni Color-block leather tote | $1,370
They call this bag color-blocked but the difference in colors is so slight it really just helps the bag flow well. I like the East/West shape and supremely buttery soft leather.
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Reed Krakoff Soft Boxer 1 textured-leather tote | $1,290
The Boxer Tote has been a growing favorite and it still remains high on my list. The leather is durable and the buckle strap detailing adds flair.
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Alexander McQueen De Manta studded leather tote | $1,595
I added a bag with some chic studding if you were looking for a little rocker-chic. The studding is added in all the right places without being over-the-top.
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Miu Miu Madras textured-leather tote | $1,595
I love the gold hardware against the red leather on this tote. There is an optional shoulder strap so this bag can be carried cross-body, while there are also two top handles for easy carrying.
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Mulberry Oversized Alexa leather bag in oak | $1,450
I finished off my choices with another Mulberry bag. The oak color is iconic to the brand and I love the larger Alexa, especially if you have many items you have to carry daily.