I want to like the Mulberry Cheetah Haircalf Bayswater Tote so badly. I love questionably tacky things, alternative-color animal print, and 80s revival. I love a statement bag that will make everyone look twice. I love being That Girl that will carry or wear stuff that some people don’t understand.

Despite all of that, I just can’t get on board with what’s going on here. The idea of magenta cheetah print is not necessarily one to which I’m opposed (in fact, I rather like it), but the execution on this bag is just not what I would expect from the fine folks at Mulberry.

The issue that I have with this bag is primarily one of proportion. The Bayswater is a fairly large bag, which is usually to its credit, but the scale of the pattern is wrong for the bag. The cheetah print is tiny, and it only looks smaller when shown in such large quantity on a bag with fairly clean lines. Just like plus-sized people are always advised to stay away from tiny patterns (which is a good rule for anyone larger than a size 2, from personal experience), this diminutive print only serves to remind us of just how much of it we’re looking at.

If the scale had been larger and the overall effect a little bit more graphic, this bag could have been an awesome neo-80s accessory to pair with otherwise boring outfits. As it is, the design just doesn’t work. Oh, and the material – fuzzy bags freak me out, I’ll leave it at that. Buy through ShopBop for $2650.

  • Laura

    Glad I’m not the only one that was a little (O.o) at this design choice. Now, if only I could afford one of the gorgeous ostrich versions… (fb)

  • Megs Mahoney Dusil

    You know what, as much as I don’t always like fuzzy bags, I kinda love this bag. Guess what I am going to say I’d wear it with: jeans and a white tee! HAHA. But I do like the pattern and the pink!

  • BLynnT

    Amanda, I really think you nailed the problem with this one being the too-small print. It’s just a bit too much to look it, and like you, I really want to like this bag. The print is definitely off though, making really liking it (certainly liking it $2650′s worth) difficult. (fb)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    This is an wrist’s worst nightmare! “@!#%!?”

  • Emily @ www.PrettyandPoor.com

    I agree. When you said, “I love questionably tacky things,” we basically established ourselves as kindred spirits. However, something about this bag looks strikingly familiar to the fuzzy dice a teenager might hang in their car window (with matching seat covers, nonetheless). I love the idea, love what they’re trying to do…but think it turned out looking very cheap.

  • Nik Nasty

    It takes a lot of money to look this cheap… I’d rather have a solid magenta leather version. I’m happy with the Alexa Chung bag though lol

  • Nik Nasty

    It reminds me of Lisa Frank!!!

    • Lauren H.

      Yes, you are right!! Exactly like Lisa Frank designs….folders, stickers, pencils. Certainly not a $2600 purse.

      (fb)

  • Lauren H.

    LOL, um, no.

    I’ve seen something similar (no joking) in the children’s purse section at Walmart for $10. I wouldn’t even buy it for my 7 year old daughter. Not a fan. But, everyone’s different.

    • Lauren H.

      Ooops. My passion got the best of me (well, not really. LOL)

      (fb) x2 (lol)

  • covertanjou

    Do not like!! Awful print and waaaaay too expensive! (fb)

  • Rosanna

    The colors and the print are way too trendy for such a classic-looking bag. It looks like something you would see a teenybopper wearing!

    I’d take the original leather over this any day. (fb)

  • Stacy

    as another person said – this is too cheap looking. what were they thinking?!?!?!?!

  • Natalie

    It would definitely turn heads…mostly from skeezy men wanted to know “How much for a bj?” (fb)

  • Jenna

    I think that a fuzzy bag would creep me out a little. And I agree, a slightly larger print is needed. (fb)

  • Terri

    I’ve recently fallen deeply in love with Mulberry, but when I spotted this on ShopBop, I was horrified. Not cool. (fb)

  • otter

    Claires Accessories.

  • Valentina

    Can’t even compare with other Mulberry designs. Horrid.

  • justa9url

    OMG! I love your last comment. Fuzzy bags ALSO freak me out…and I thought I was the only one. In general, fuzzy things freak me out when they are in animal print even shoes. I love zebra print, but most accessories that are zebra print are fuzzy and I just can’t do it. (fb)

  • Emily

    Reminds me of something that would be on a Disney movie set….maybe Cheetah Girls. haha (fb)

  • CC

    Yuck!
    This is so tacky (fb)

  • Tamee

    Too much for the eyes all at once. I love the color, and I love the print. Just not together! Very bright and very busy! (fb)

  • Debbie

    My first reaction was “Whoa!” That is defintely an in your face color and pattern combo. I definitely agree that the print is too small for the bag. (fb)

  • Alia Bustamante

    never in a million years would wear it! even if it was a gift i’ll do anything ti return it ;-) (fb)

  • papertiger

    I also thought I would like this bag when I saw it on the catwalk but when I saw it IRL and I wasn’t impressed – for the money I can do much better than this re other brands.

  • Lisa

    Fuzzy and $2650??? Not for me, though I love the Bayswater in leather. (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    ugh God! I could never imagine myself wearing a bag like that…

  • Lydia

    Love the silhouette (kind of Birken-espque, no?) but the pattern turns me off. Maybe would have worked on a smaller bag or with a different colour scheme, but it just isn’t doing anything for me. (fb)

  • Emily

    Not a fan! I will stick with the solids! (fb)

  • mochababe73

    First of all, I am shocked that Mulberry would even make an animal print bag. But a fuschia one? Color me puzzled.
    As much as I love animal print and wear it almost daily, I cannot imagine ever purchasing this bag. In all honesty, it looks cheap. (fb)

  • Abe

    hmm..it looks awful. i love animal print but not this color on a Mulberry bag. (fb)

  • Marissa

    I think I saw a pimp carrying this the other day… I would not be caught dead with this in my collection!(fb)

  • Jane

    I love the Alexa Chung clutch by Mulberry, but I am not liking this bag at all. I don’t like fury or fuzzy bags at all. I feel like I am caring around my yellow lab with me all the time because his fur feels like that. I don’t like the proportions of the cheetah design with the bag it looks completely off.

    • Jane

      sorry if forgot (fb)

  • Signe

    Love Mulberry and I love the Bayswater, but this print is just to much… (fb)

  • Estefania

    No fuzzy for me. (fb)

  • OT

    This is interesting….not a pattern & color I’d wear, but I’d love to see it on someone who could pull it off! (fb)

  • lily

    too bright, i think. (fb)

  • Jessica

    i like ur theory about the scale of the pattern. when i first saw the bag i was like UMM NO but i based it more on the bright color but now i see its probably also the cheetah pattern is too small for a structured large bag like that.. good eye (FB)

  • Hollander

    I don’t like it fuzzy, I don’t like the tiny print. But I LOVE the Bayswater!! If you go to the Mulberry site, though, in the “coming up” section is the Peony Pink Bayswater (from the same show- Spring) which is TO DIE FOR gorgeous! I signed up for them to let me know when it’s available and have already prepared funds and cleared a spot on my purse shelf:-)

  • Ellen

    I would like it a lot better if the pattern was larger. It looks kind of cheap with the print being that small. (fb)

  • Swags

    I love the Mulberry bayswater and would love to have one in a whiskey colored leather.

    Unfortunately for this bag, I watched the show Jerseylicious over the weekend and as soon as I saw this bag, that show was what came to mind. (fb)

  • Kendra

    Sassy! (fb)

  • Eve

    I can so imagine carrying this, Wearing a pair of washed out denim skinnys… and a classic T by Alexander Wang.

    Very nice… (fb)

  • Gorgeous

    i hate this bag. just looks cheap to me, like swapmeetish. (fb)

  • ceejay

    I think it looks kinda cool, but I generally don’t go for hairy bags (fb).

  • Lizz

    I’m SO in love with the Mulberry bags – I just wish they were more in my price range.. :( (fb)

  • ad

    it looks like sumting that betsey johnson can stamp her name on it (fb)

    • christine

      hahahaha you are so right! this print is too much for a print, and for such a beautiful handbag on it own! (fb)

  • Deb

    I’ve never owned a mulberry bag but i do like the designs. however, i don’t like the pattern on this bag….. the shape is okay. (fb)

  • Tanyus

    ewww. Just, ewww (fb)

  • April C.

    I agree..fuzzy bags do freak me out too! lol (fb)

  • Ashley

    im not very big on the bag…Its not my shape.(fb)

  • Amy

    I would not even pick up this bag to check it out, unless it was to take a funny picture. Eew. (fb)

  • Yoonmee

    Waaaay too much. It’s a beautiful bag, but it just looks so cheap and tacky with that print. (fb)

  • Rebecca

    I am mixed on the print. I love the color and the bag style but the material is what would make me want to pass. If they made the bag with just the fuscia, I would be all over it! (fb)

  • Maria

    ack, not a fan! Can’t think of anything it would look good with! & for $2650?? (fb)

  • Shannon

    I love everything about this- the style, size, and the pattern! Too bad it’s way outta my price range. (fb)

  • Susan ( @grumpy1970 )

    I like the style of this bag, but not the pattern. The color is great though! (fb)

  • kylie

    awww.. well beside the sizing of the print, i do like the colors they used! very bright :) (fb)

  • Reece

    wow this bag looks trippy! (fb)

  • NANCYH

    im not into mulberry at all but these colours are great!!!
    im il LOVE
    (fb)

  • Elizabeth

    Agreed. Tacckkkyy
    Leopard print overload (fb)

  • Jacqueline

    ICK!!!!! COUGARish…. LOL (fb)

  • Elyse

    i enjoy the bayswater – but this is just too much and kinda tacky. Wait, scratch that – really tacky (fb)

  • Jose

    Love, Love, Love, Love! (fb)

  • Alanna

    as much as i drool over mulberry from afar, this is just hideous (fb)

  • Marie

    Animal prints and Mulberry just don’t go together. Period. Mulberry is just so classy and.. british, that it kinda ruins not only the bag, but the image of the company, too. Sad :( (fb)

  • Theresa W

    Tacky, tacky… Something my aunt, who is stuck in the 80′s, would pair with her fuschia leopard print jeans… Lol. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    Not a fan of the cheetah print. Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    its cute~
    definitely a nice bag shape
    not liking the cheetah print tho
    (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    Not bad! Right outfit, right bag! (fb)

  • Tiff Chao

    Very busy and bright. It could work if it was a darker color, I believe. (fb)

  • ela

    i think it’s cute