Megs and I have had our eyes on the Mulberry Zigzag bag ever since it came down the runway in several sizes and colors back in February, and now that it’s available at retail, we have some deciding to do. Namely, which version is the best? Are they all best? Does the definition of the word “best” inherently preclude them from all being best? These are the questions of our times.

For expediency’s sake, we’ve narrowed it down to just two versions of the Zigzag: the medium black one with multicolor studs and the large ivory one with tonal studs. At first, my instincts told me to go with the black version. It’s very similar in color composition and feel to my beloved Proenza Schouler PS1, and I carry that bag pretty much every day – I don’t know what could be a better endorsement. On top of that, I love the use of multicolor studs; instead of a flat textile or painted leather, enameled studs on a contrasting leather color create a three-dimensional pattern of sorts, particularly when used in a repetitive manner across a bag like these are. Pretty good, right?

But what of the bag’s lovely, slightly larger, significantly paler sister? The tonal leather and enameled studs feel cleaner to me, more modern. The bag feels even a tad futuristic, like it was made entirely out of some kind of space-age ceramic. I’d never, ever advise wearing it with dark denim (the color transfer!), but if you’re prone to clothing that won’t rub dye, I’d definitely choose the white version. Which one do you prefer?

Mulberry Medium Zigzag Bag

$2750 via Net-a-Porter

Mulberry Large Zigzag Bag

$3150 via Net-a-Porter

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