Friday, June 5, 2009

Gap's Mulberry Bayswater bag

It was the Mulberry sample sale last week and, geared up with the promise of bargains, I got there bright and early. But, aside from some amazing Jonathan Kelsey for Mulberry ankle boots, reduced from hundreds to a paltry £75, the sale wasn't a steal.

I've been dreaming of snapping up the classic Mulberry Bayswater bag in oak at one of these sales... but nada. Although this time around, the mock-croc version was there for practically half price at £350.

Anyway, it wasn't until the weekend that I suddenly remembered I already own a Bayswater bag (sounds ditsy, I know, but I can explain). And not any old Bayswater at that. For lurking in my wardrobe is a limited-edition red-jersey number which went on sale in Gap as part of its Product (RED) range.

I still remember that cold, grey day in December last year when I joined a queue that snaked around the block at Gap's flagship Oxford Street store to get my hands on one of the 500 bags available. But it was worth it. At £95, it's a fraction of the price a normal Bayswater bag commands, even if it's not made of leather. Plus, the limited run gives it cult status - I knew I'd landed myself a good investment when I saw bags swapping hands for over £200 on eBay.

So, the reason my Mulberry bag has been languishing, forgotten about, in my wardrobe is this: it clashed with my red winter coat. Factor in the bad-weather conditions and the thought of toting around a bag that soaked up more rainwater than a pair of leaky shoes somehow just didn't appeal.

But now that summer's here, it's time for my Bayswater to make its first appearance. Isn't it nice when you discover something you've forgotten about? I feel like I've got a brand-new purchase and I can't wait to show it off. Yay!

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