June 16 2010
Despite my best efforts to acquire less stuff, I nearly always shop when I travel, invariably returning with significantly more baggage than when I set out. With this in mind, for the past five years I have rarely left home without a large, black nylon Mulberry holdall folded up inside my suitcase. It weighs hardly anything, takes up scarcely any space and is enormous enough to accommodate a Turkish carpet if required. (I’ve even managed to stuff a duvet inside it when moving home.)
So useful and indestructible has it proved that I recently decided to buy a second one, only to find that the style has been discontinued. Fortunately, Mulberry’s Fold Up Large Clipper in black nylon, £195, is very similar. Although not quite as big as my original nylon bag, in other respects it is practically identical – right down to the metal padlock and the large, internal zip pocket. It’s also available in a medium size, £165.