Remember this gorgeous but mysterious grey ostrich femme fatale? Wait no more, the Taylor Satchel has just been released for pre-order. Naturally, comparisons will be made to Mulberry's bestselling satchel, Alexa, but they are fairly irrelevant as this is a different creation entirely.
Drawing inspiration from Betty Draper's wardrobe, Emma Hill's team DeLaurens the vintage handbag to the future by imbuing the tradition shape with a modern sensibility through hardware panels and (once again) the de jour shoulder strap. Available in a mini, regular and oversized variation and in a mishmash of colours ranging from cabbage to deer brown, it's a tough call for my favourite in the range.
Rebecca Hall's classic-sized and spectacularly indulgent mole grey ostrich (£3750) bears the same socialite hallmarks as the Louis Vuitton Popincourt: a dinky top handle which is large enough for the essentials (including the sunshielding mini-brolly) but not roomy/deep enough to get your mobile lost in. The shoulder sling however lends some youth to the style, though on the classic size, it's seems somewhat misplaced as the triangulated base may add unnecessary bulk to your silhouette when slung.
Old habits die hard I guess - so I'm predictably drawn to the functionality of the Oversized Taylor (£950) instead. Lest anyone begin to utter 'YSL Muse Two', the design team has wisely foregoes the obvious top flap in favour of a straightforward double-zip. Whether this will improve its durability or frustrate me when I attempt to store my laptop through its front facing zip will remain to be seen. For now, I can only gaze and add the black / matte grey.