Replica Mulberry Oxbridge bags hit sweet spot

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Mulberry’s new bags have several outer pockets and shiny gold locks with keys on a chain

The leather goods label Mulberry might be known for its golden oldies, but Johnny Coca, the recently installed designer, presented a new take on its classic replica handbags at London Fashion Week yesterday.

He super-sized the best-selling Bayswater tote to huge proportions and called it the Piccadilly, and shrank chain-handled messenger bags to the size of a mobile phone.

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Coca riffed on a theme of uniforms and Oxbridge with his new shape, the Cherwell. The box-bag style was inspired by satchels and school lunchboxes and comes panelled with contrast striped leathers in club tie colours.

Each has several outer pockets and…

Mulberry introduces the new Kensal handbag from the spring/summer 2017 catwalk

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While we were momentarily distracted by Cara Delevingne’s cool next season collection for Mulberry, we’re BACK in the here and now with a bang, as Mulberry launch the latest addition to their rather good-looking family.

They created the Kensal shoulder bag especially for the Mulberry spring/summer 2017 show, and it is a thing of BEAUTY.

Based on a classic envelope design, with a traditional briefcase lock, the twist is the fact it’s double-sided! So you totally get more bag for your buck, right? RIGHT.

Coming in two sizes and LOADS of new season colours including Black, Oak, Fiery Red or Cream Velvet Calf Leather, Midnight Blue Haircalf Mix Leather and Pavement Grey Ostrich Mix Leather, the Kensal is one seriously stylish bag.

While it can be worn on the shoulder or across the body, we quite like the way Cara et al were carrying this cute design as a clutch on the SS14 catwalk. And apparently that’s SO the new way to handle your handbag.

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Guess we better start saving our pennies *cough* £95 – £220 *cough*, then…

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Shop the new Kensal handbag collection at topmulberrybags.co.uk.

Time to invest in Replica Mulberry Group plc, Burberry Group plc and Jimmy Choo plc?

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Today I’ll be taking a closer look at three luxury British brands famed for their designer clothing and accessories. This fashionable trio may be great at designing scarves, replica handbags and shoes – but could you seriously invest in Mulberry, Burberry and Jimmy Choo?

Challenges remain

Famous for its signature check, Burberry (LSE: BRBY) is also known for its trench coats, cashmere scarves, other accessories and, more recently, its high-margin replica handbags. The retailer has enjoyed relentless growth for over a decade as overseas markets have been lured by the brand’s British heritage. But full-year results to the end of March revealed a drop in pre-tax profits coupled with lower revenues as the slowdown in the key Asian market continued to take its toll. The disappointing results have led to the firm announcing a three-year investment and cost-saving strategy, as well as management changes with a new CEO set to join.

But the challenge facing the luxury market, particularly in China remains a concern, and the City doesn’t expect replica Burberry to return to growth until at least 2018. The shares have lost a fifth of their value this year, and are trading well below all-time highs of £19 reached in 2015. Currently trading at around £13 with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 19, I believe this luxury brand is still too expensive, despite the heavily discounted price-tag.

Too risky

Mulberry (LSE: MUL) is another London-listed fashion brand catering for customers with more exclusive tastes. The upmarket retailer designs and sells a whole host of clothing and footwear, but continues to be best known for its luxe leather replica handbags.

Unlike its much bigger rival Burberry, AIM-listed Mulberry replica pleased investors with strong results for fiscal 2016. A sharp rise in pre-tax profits to £6.22m, compared to just £1.86m reported a year earlier, and revenues also up from £148.7m to £155.9m came after it introduced more ‘affordable’ luxury products.

After three year of decline, the Bath-based business looks to have turned a corner with brokers expecting a strong rise in earnings this year and next. But the shares are trading at 12 month highs after gaining more than a fifth this year, and I would say that the predicted growth is well-and-truly-priced-in with premium earnings multiples of 110 for this year, falling to a still-expensive 78 for the year to March 2018. The risk remains that the shares could tumble if the company fails to deliver on the ambitious growth forecasts.

Successful growth strategy

Jimmy Choo (LSE: CHOO) is a luxury British fashion house synonymous with designer shoes. The London-listed small-cap remains upbeat about its prospects saying it has enjoyed a good start to 2016 while it continues to deliver its successful growth strategy and remains focused on controlled expansion. Brand awareness continues to grow strongly, particularly in China where the label is under-penetrated.

City analysts are also positive about the company’s prospects, predicting strong double-digit earnings growth over the medium term, with underlying profits expected to reach to almost £30m by the end of next year. Not bad for a company that reported a pre-tax loss of £8.3m as recently as 2014. The shares look good value at 14 times earnings for 2017 given the strong growth outlook, and in my opinion now could be a good time to buy ahead of interim results due on 25 August.

How you too could shop at Mulberry, Burberry and Jimmy Choo!

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