We’ve been anticipating the retail arrival of former Céline accessories director Johnny Coca’s first bags as the creative director at Mulberry since he was hired, and their day has finally come. A selection of the bags are available for purchase on Mulberry’s website now, and fans of the brand will probably be relieved to know that their prices are in line with the old incarnation of Mulberry with which everyone fell in love.
There’s a lot of the most wearable parts of Céline in these bags, but unlike so many brands who have simply tried to recreate the magic of its luxurious, woman-focused minimalism, Mulberry went out and hired the man who pioneered that look in Céline’s bags, shoes, sunglasses, jewelry and small accessories. It’s a move that’s paid off, and if these bags eventually sell at a price point that’s more in line with Mulberry’s prices before the company hired a CEO from Hermès, prices skyrocketed and everything went sideways, I can see a lot of fans returning to the brand, as well as new customers shopping Mulberry for the first time.
Bag lovers will see the Céline influence in the details of these bags, but not in an unpleasant way; they’re uniformly chic, functional and wearable, and they’re the kind of designs that won’t look at all dated in a season or two. All in all, a very solid opening for Coca.