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Monday, March 29, 2010

Mulberry Alexa Bags



After a rough week, I stopped by Saks over the weekend to scout out a few bags I'll be writing about soon. I came across an unexpected and pleasant surprise while I was there, and I'm officially hooked. My readers are familiar with my disdain for the Proenza Schouler PS1. A similar Alexander McQueen design was tempting, but not enough to make me part with my money. Now I've found what I consider to be the perfect compromise between the two, both in price and design- the Mulberry Alexa Bag.

This briefcase/messenger bag/satchel has the same masculine detailing and practical qualities of the PS1 but offers a few more feminine touches in line with the McQueen version. The Alexa (9 x 13 x 6.5) is slightly larger than the medium PS1 and is priced $600 less. The oversize Alexa (12.5 x 14.5 x 6.75) is considerably larger than the large PS1 and is priced $400 less. The Alexa clutch (7.5 x 13.5 x 2) is, you guessed it, also larger than its Proenza Schouler counterpart and both bags are priced the same. So why should this matter to you? It matters if you want a well made, cleverly designed bag with plenty of storage space, loads of practical elements (including how to get into and out of the bag - a major complaint with the PS1) and a reasonable price tag. The 'Alexa' possesses all these qualities and more. The only thing left for you to do is decide which style, size, color and finish you like the most.

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3 Responses to "Mulberry Alexa Bags"
  1. Michael St. James said...
    Monday, March 29, 2010

    The natural tweed is my fave too and you just can't beat that price! Hope you're feeling better Dania!

  2. gail said...
    Monday, March 29, 2010

    These are nice. I like the contrast of the lamb/snake, tweed/leather and especially the colors for the season. Please don't laugh if I ask this, but is there an exterior zipped pocket in the rear of the bag???? I also assume you would not be able to leave the flap unclasped and hold it by the top handle? BTW, which SAKS? I hope this week is better for you :)

  3. Dania Padron said...
    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Nope, Gail. No rear pocket. You can only carry by the top handle when the postman closure is closed although the straps can remain undone since they're faux buckles (magnetic snaps keep them in place). I also like the shorter flap on the Alexa. Helps the bag look less like a man's briefcase. And it was the Dadeland Saks (they've rearranged the handbag department. Now Prada, Gucci and Fendi all have their own "boutiques").

    Michael, the price is certainly the most appealing aspect of the bag.

    I'm feeling much better now. Venting my frustrations and reading all your lovely comments helped me tremendously.

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