After one week in NYC I have learned one major thing when it comes to my handbags: cross-body straps are majorly helpful. As much as it is easy to order everything to arrive at your apartment door, I am walking to and fro and picking up things to bring home. That means my two hands are important assets when carrying bags from Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond back to our place. Cross-body straps is where it is at. And on top of loving a cross-body strap, it is important that the bag I am carrying is not overly cumbersome and heavy. That is precisely why I love the Mulberry Lily. It is both compact and has a cross-body strap. It is also super cute.

If you love the look of the Mulberry Lily but don’t like the price tag, I found a look for less. In fact, this is very very very close to the Mulberry bag (as are many of the design aesthetics I have seen from the brand Ash). The Ash Camy Cross Body Bag and the Mulberry Lily are twins, more identical than fraternal at that.


The major difference between these two bags are the prices. While the Mulberry Lily is $695 the Ash Camy is $250. Other differences include the leather finish. Ash decided to give their leather a snake-embossing and pair it with oxidized silver hardware while Mulberry stuck with tan leather and gold hardware. You can see a more refined structured look from the Mulberry Lily and a little more slouch from Ash. But all in all, these two bags are majorly similar.

Buy the Mulberry Bag at NAP for $695 and Ash Camy at ShopBop for $250.

  • qudsia

    or you could wait till oct 10 and get a mulberry for target crossbody like me :-) i really hope they dont sell out right away though

    • Jackie

      I wanted it too! And then I took a closer look and realized that the metal plate where the turnlock is says Mulberry for Target :/

  • ali74

    Love the Mulberry Bag! :) Megs – I checked it out on NAP and it looks quite short when its worn ‘cross- body.’ Is this the case in person?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I’m going to try to see it in store and try it out. The Ash strap is listed as 24″ while the Mulberry strap is 22″, but on the virtual models it looks quite different. I like a longer cross-body strap.

  • Staci

    Megs, I’m not sure which one I like more! I like the structure of the Mulberry.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I know! This is one of the cases where they are both very likable, which is weird!

  • merve

    I really like the Lily but am worried about the strap size.

  • ShopAroundTours

    As someone who gets around on public transportation, I have ALWAYS worn cross-body bags. (You have different needs living in a city, where you have to carry everything, you can’t just toss things in a car).

    I do like this bag, but I wouldn’t make a Mulberry purchase now, with the Target bags coming out so soon (from the pics I’ve seen, it looks like there’s a small cross-body bag in that collection). Granted, Target quality won’t be the same, but for a small knock-around bag, I think it might suffice… and if I find I use it a lot, I can always upgrade to the Lily.

  • 19yearslater

    I don’t like chain straps personally but this is a really nice-looking bag and I can see a lot of women wearing it well. For both of these looks.

  • Chris

    I totally understand you, Megs. Welcome to the club.

  • Tracey G

    love mulberry! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love love mulberry! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    loving these mulberry bags (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the mulberry colors (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the simplicity of mulberry (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love crossbody’s (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the option to use it as a crossbody (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    this replica looks identical (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    awesome find and price! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    wow, this price is so much better & it looks the same (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Lily looks good (ipad)

  • helen

    I’m guessing the chains are not as uncomfortable as I suspect, since they’re getting good reviews here. (ipad)