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.
My three particular favorites are the Alexa in natural summer tweed for $950 (I want this one BADLY!!!), the oversize Alexa in nude plonge lambskin ($1595) I saw at Saks, and the Alexa clutch done in the same finish as the oversize bag for $895.