If Mulberry have carved a reputation as a quintessential English design house then the Mulberry Bayswater is a quintessential Mulberry bag. The Bayswater is probably the most recognised of Mulberry bags worldwide, earning it a place in our bag-loving hearts.
The Bayswater was one of the first Mulberry icons to break out of the label's roots in rural, rustic England and venture into the big city; its name being taken from an upmarket, leafy district of London. Released on to the market at the turn of the 21st Century, it marked a shift in direction for the brand, with its modest Somerset beginnings. The Bayswater, a kind of hybrid of a traditional English doctor's bag and the chic structure of the classic Hermès designs. With definite call-outs to the Hermes Birkin, but with a distinctive style of its own, it is the UK's answer to the ideal modern woman's bag.
It was designed by Nicholas Knightly who joined Mulberry in 2002.
The Bayswater is first and foremost an Urban bag, which works especially well for professional women looking for a smart and practical accessory to accompany their suits and smart tailoring. But despite its very businesslike leanings, it hasn't lost the Mulberry sense of fun and experimentation, and continues to appear on the catwalk in all manner of colourful and extravagant guises year after year.
The Bayswater originally released in oak, chocolate and black buffalo leather. Recently, it has appeared in a myriad of colours, patterns and finishes. Also this bag is available in ostrich leather.
Over the last few years Mulberry has moved some of their factories abroad (Turkey and Chine) but classic Baywater is still produced at Somerset. To make sure that your piece is English, you should look on the label inside the bag.
The Bayswater has one main compartment, one internal zip pocket and two internal slip pockets. It has signature Mulberry Postman’s lock closure.
The Bayswater available in 4 sizes:
Classic: Height 26,5 cm, Width 36 cm, Depth 16,5, Handle drop 15,5 cm.
East/west: Height 17,5 cm, Width 33 cm, Depth 15,5, Handle drop 18,5 cm.
Small: Height 19 cm, Width 27 cm, Depth 13, Handle drop 8 cm.
Tote:Height 31 cm, Width 36 cm, Depth 17, Handle drop 15,5 cm.