I've been waiting all fashion month to have some fun. There have been good bags in most of the shows that feature them, but a good bag here and there isn't really exciting to me—most brands make at least one or two every season, in perpetuity. What's exciting to me is a point of view that feels fresh, because that provides the opportunity for a lot more: all the big brands and most of the indies are capable of producing well-made leather goods, but who among them is going to do it with a sense of joy and creativity? Right now, the answer to that is Mulberry.
The brand has had some high-profile and well-documented strategic trouble over the past five years, but ever since the company reshuffled its executives and appointed former Céline handbag head Johnny Coca to its creative helm several years ago, things have been on an undeniably positive track. Mulberry's Spring 2019 lookbook gives me even more optimism about the brand's future, and the bags within it provide a mixture of cheerfulness and sound design and execution that marry the best qualities of the old-school leather houses and the indie brand interlopers that have invigorated the market in the past two years. Check out the collection below.
[Photos via Vogue Runway]