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It Bags, Garden Gnomes: Inside Mulberry's LA Spring Preview

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Mulberry loves California. The iconic British lifestyle brand makes it a point to throw a starry rager every year at Coachella and they just opened a store in San Francisco. Although their Melrose Place boutique shuttered back in 2009, WWD reported this past summer that the brand is "scouting locations" for a new LA store. While our fingers are perpetually crossed, we won't hold our breath so until then a showcase of their LA-inspired collection at Chateau Marmont will do just fine.

Yesterday we popped by a garden gnome-filled Bungalow 1 at the legendary hotel to take a peek at Mulberry's spring apparel and accessories that recently graced the runway during London Fashion Week. The collection was brimming with instantly covetable arm candy in new colorways and fabrications, like the Alexa Chung-inspired Alexa bag in floral jacquard and the Lana Del Rey-inspired Del Rey bag in a charming mini gecko print.

Mulberry creative director Emma Hill explains that the gecko is the print of the season and is a salute to the collection's theme of "1970's LA skater kid-meets-English garden party." The range also revealed the bag of the moment, the Willow Tote, which is a brilliantly structured bag with a detachable clutch.

As for apparel, menswear-inspired standouts include jacquard tuxedo suits, oversized leather biker jackets, silk trousers and show-stopping dresses. There's even a miniature version of Mulberry's classic peacoat that's been made into an adorable dog coat. If you can't make it to the SF boutique, look out for the spring collection online in late February/early March.
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