Johnny Coca’s take on the likes of the Bayswater, along with new styles like the compact, cross-body Clifton, have put Mulberry firmly back at the top of every girls ‘must have designer bag list’. And the brand has just revealed the latest addition for AW16, the Camden.
It’s a single-handle, bucket-style bag, it features four high-shine zips which transform it from a hobo-like carry-all when worn open, to a more structured tote when zipped up. “I was inspired to play with the zips by the iconic hardware of British punk culture,” says Coca.
“Zips make a powerful subversive statement which, when contrasted with lux materials, create an edgy aesthetic.” Its plush materials mean the Camden is firmly at home in any luxury leather-goods destination. Classic black, indigo, burgundy and clay versions come in the brand’s signature, heavy-duty grained leather – the quality of which was one of the first things Coca set about improving. There are also tri-colour designs in smooth calf leather or tactile calf hair, and a leopard-print calf-hair style with a more rock-chic aesthetic. Finished with the details of Coca’s ‘new Mulberry’ – the new logo inspired by a font from the archives, the sumptuous suede lining, the military-style studs. Wisely, starting at £995, the bags sit at the high end of the “affordable luxury” list that’s so vital to Mulberry’s comeback.
“The Camden is for everyday use,” continues Coca’s statement. “It’s perfect easy cool with a twist of an edge.” And we couldn’t agree more!