Well, it took long enough.
I’ve been excited about the advent of the Mulberry Willow Tote ever since it debuted on the brand’s Spring 2013 runway back in September 2012, and finally, the object of my affection has become available for mass consumption. Thankfully, it’s just as beautiful as I had remembered it being, if slightly more pricey than I had hoped.
In case you’re not familiar with the Willow, its most salient feature is that the front flap pocket fully zips off to become an independent clutch, and a rather attractive one at that. Zip-off pockets are usually gimmicky and a bit awkward, but in this case, the integration of the clutch onto the front of the tote is done in such a way that the tote doesn’t feel like there’s an extra portion hanging off the front and the clutch doesn’t look like it was obviously taken from another bag. Combing two separate pieces into one aesthetically pleasing design is no small task, and Mulberry’s done a remarkably good job of making it happen.
Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that both the clutch and tote fit in quite well with look that’s happening in the handbag world right now – streamlined shape, flared gussets and all that. If you remind yourself that you’re getting two bags, the $2,600 price tag doesn’t seem all that bad. Still, I was hoping for something more like $1,895. Buy through Net-a-Porter in both black and tan for $2,600.