Mulberry Postman’s Lock Satchel, $1000 via Net-a-Porter

To me, the Kelly shape – a simple, arm-carried bag with a front flap closure and a top handle – is a classic shape that doesn’t really belong to Hermes so much as it belongs to handbag design in general. Much like the Louis Vuitton Speedy, the shape has reached such a classic level that attributing it to only one company no longer seems fair. And when the reinterpretations yield bags as different from the original as the Mulberry Postman’s Lock Satchel, I think it’s easy to see why I take that opinion.

Mulberry has experienced a ton of success with bags like this after the past few seasons, starting off with the widely loved Mulberry Alexa. This Postman’s Lock satchel cleans things up a bit from those young-skewing designs by way of the removal of the school bag-inspired fron straps, which gives this bag a nearly minimal look that will work for a huge variety of women. With its generous size and convenient crossbody strap, this would make a perfect office bag for a woman who works in a conservative office or who doesn’t want to look too flashy in front of her coworkers. Needless to say, this bag would make a wonderful gift as well. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1000.

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