Last week, Mulberry released to shoppers Johnny Coca’s first handbag designs as creative director of the British label, and this week, the brand has debuted something that may prove even more interesting to longtime fans: the brand new Mulberry Bayswater, which is Coca’s take on Mulberry’s most popular style. Don’t worry, he didn’t change it too much.
Updating a longtime fan favorite to increase its longevity is a precarious pursuit, but when done correctly, it breathes brand new life into a bag. Case in point: Givenchy’s pitch-perfect reimagining of the Nightingale bag last fall. With the new Bayswater, Coca and his team have taken a similar approach as Givenchy: simplifying the bag’s finishing while retaining its overall shape. The new version of the bag is also a bit more structured, with flared gussets and sharper corners. It feels like a good, if very restrained, evolution to the original.
If you prefer the old-style Bayswater, the good news is that it looks as though it will be sticking around for the immediate future. Mulberry lists both as available for Pre-Fall 2016, with the full-size new version retailing for $1,550, while the original will set you back $1,395. The redesigned Bayswater also comes in a more petite option, which costs $1,250. You can shop the full collection of Bayswaters via Mulberry.