This week's Mulberry sample sale opens its doors to the public at 9am tomorrow. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the goods with a small group of other VIP shoppers today. Once you enter the second floor showroom, you'll (unsurprisingly) find a wide variety of handbags, leather totes, and travel luggages filling up the rather spacious floor. Since the company's strength lies with its instant classics such as the Bayswater and the Alexa, my first and main duty at today's sale was to hunt down these two bags.
For those looking for an Alexa bag tomorrow, you'll be happy to know there were a few different styles available. Whew~ Though I was not able to locate classic colors like oak or black, I found many seasonal styles such as calf hair in rouge, Mini Alexa in pale pink, embellished zig-zag in black, flower prints from the Spring '13 collection, and calf hair in giraffe print. As for pricing, the Mini Alexa in pale pink was $435, the giraffe print calf hair was $1,260, the embellished oversized Alexa in a zig-zag pattern was $1,050, and the flower print was $495. The Bayswater was a tad harder to find than the Alexa but I was fortunate to spot a few seasonal styles such as calf hair in white, calf hair in giraffe print, studded calf hair, and croc print in metallic espresso.
With all the merchandise discounted 70% off, there were tons of other handbags other than the mainstay Alexa and Bayswater. I saw quite a few versions of Cecily, Dorset, Maisie, Lily, and Clemmie. An oversized Clemmie clutch in a dark blush hue was $300--a fantastic deal considering it's currently being sold online for $1,100. I also saw a Cecily tote in a fresh mint color for $630, an oversized Del Ray bag in a black tone priced $495, a tweed Lily shoulder bag for $555, a Dorset shopper in cream & fuchsia priced $165, and a variety of NY Clipper satchels specially made to commemorate the opening of Mulberry's first flagship in Soho could be had for $285.
Now that I thoroughly covered the handbag section, let's move onto shoes. From patent pointy flats to knee high leather boots, shoes were also discounted 70% off retail. I spotted a pair of bright orange flats for $141, kitten pumps for $150, studded T-strap sandals for $255, and knee high boots for $330. Shoes weren't as plentiful as the bags but the available stock fully covered well over 5 tables.
Mulberry's growing selection of super chic RTW was also available for shoppers to enjoy. While the selection was very limited (only 5 racks of apparel), I spotted some nice autumn-appropriate outerwear like trench coats and peacoats. Adjacent to the RTW were 3 or so tables of knits and swimwear.
As for small leather goods and accessories, I would say they were definitely worth a look. I spotted giraffe print shawls/scarves for only $114. For tech savvy shoppers, iPad leather sleeves were $99 and iPhone leather cases were $42. I also spotted giant Mulberry logo pouches for $150.
I hate to end this article on a bit of disappointing news but I was told there will not be any restocking. And since most of the coveted merchandise like the Alexa, Del Ray, and Cecily were going really fast, I STRONGLY suggest you get lined up bright and early tomorrow morning to have even the slightest chance of picking up one of them.