August 22 2010
Mark C O’Flaherty
Two years ago I decided to invest in a man bag. I was tired of having unsightly, over-stuffed pockets, and the nylon Prada shoulder satchel I’d been using had seen better days. I knew the time was right to upgrade to something that would feel as wonderful to carry around as it would be practical, and it had to be exquisitely made. The answer, after long, meticulous research, was the Mulberry Heathcliffe (£650).
There are numerous reasons why this is the perfect bag. First, there’s no unsightly logo or branding – it’s too sophisticated an object for that nonsense. Second, it’s in the finest grained leather (mine is in black, but it also comes in chocolate and oak), so as it wears, it just gets more handsome. The dull brass detailing on the zip and handle lend, I feel, the air of a Victorian gent. It has two internal compartments (one for a laptop), three pen pockets and an outside zip pocket for wallet, keys and iPhone, so I know where everything is at any given time.
But what I like most about the Heathcliffe is the way its handle invites you to carry it by hand – there’s a detachable strap, but it’s not very attractive. This is a bag to carry at your side, in a mature, urbane fashion, and mine remains a constant, most trusted, companion.