I reckon that owning your first Mulberry purse will soon be up there with other coming of age moments such as christenings, turning 18/21, passing your driving test, getting married, the birth of your first child etc. The emotions I recently went through when holding my new Mulberry purse for the first time felt pretty similar to those experienced during other life changing moments. Except my christening, I don't really remember that and can't imagine being particularly enthralled about having a stranger pour water on me.
This day had been a very long time coming for me! I've wanted a Mulberry purse for the last 5 years but various factors (obviously including financial restrictions) had been in play. I'm awful at saving up and well, when you're a student/graduate putting money aside for a Mulberry purse does tend to slip down your priority list! Aside from that though, I was waiting to find my ideal combination of design, style and size. I did come close with the Daria Slim Zip Wallet but was on the hunt for something a little bigger and then came the Effie Zip Around Purse.
I'm a fan of most of the Mulberry campaigns. I loved their SS12 Brighton beach collection though I am slightly biased as I did live there for 4 years...! The new AW12 campaign doesn't disappoint either with inspiration clearly taken from Where The Wild Things Are / The Gruffalo (hence the gold tag on the bag). Inside they also included a sheet of stickers of the Mulbery Monster (I've just decided that's his name) which was a nice touch. Presentation of luxury products is key and Mulberry never fail to do it well.
On to the actual purse. One of my favourite things about the Effie Zip Around is the size, it's definitely the larger of the Mulberry purses which I love. It comfortably holds my passport and snugly holds my iPhone which is something I've always been keen for as it's just super handy when travelling.
My other favourite feature is that the finish is in matte black. I do like shiny black finishes on products though that said I'm not massively keen on anything patent. I also always thought I'd end up buying a purse with some serious gold hardware on it but something about the classic design of this with the large tree embossed on the front appeased me. I thought it rather timeless.
This zip detail is a new design for Mulberry this season. They're somewhat famed for their braided handles and straps on their handbags but it's nice to see they're now incorporating this look into their wallets and purses. The most common design being their gold fob which I do love and think would love equally beautiful on this purse.
As I mentioned and you can see from the concertina style inside, there is plenty of room in this purse. Perfect for those of us who are awful at emptying out old receipts...! There are 8 card slots in total, 4 on either side with a long coin pouch down the middle and space for notes either side of this. There are also 2 slim pockets the sit behind the card slots on either side of the purse. Lets say either side again, either side.
So that's pretty much it! As a Mulberry fiend I always love seeing posts on pieces from their new collection so hopefully this satisfied a thirst for a few of you. If you're considering buying the Effie Zip Around purse then I hope this gave you a good insight before you splash your cash! Aside from that I hope you're all having a good weekend and enjoying the much overdue sunshine!