Rosemary or Roxanne?

karchr

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Would appreciate some friendly advice please...

Having saved up for the last 6 months I'm now having a what to buy nightmare - I can't decide between buying a new Roxanne or searching for a pre-loved Rosemary.

Any thoughts anyone?

thanks v much.
K x
 

cmaec

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Hi Karchr, I think you should ask yourself a few questions before you decide

1;Do you want a bag that will sit comfortably on your shoulder or are you happy with the shorter shoulder strap on the roxanne.
2: Will the rosemary be big enough for your needs.
3;The rosemary is a rare bag which in my opinion is a positive. The roxanne is common but definitely iconic Mulberry.
4;Is there any particular hardware/leather you were hoping for and is this available on the newer roxanne and/or older rosemary.
Maybe all this is just making the decision more difficult!
 
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Hi Karchr- I think it depends whether you prefer a new bag or a second hand- the latter will be harder to find in good condition-a brand new roxanne would be your to love and look after from day one! I prefer new as an authentic preloved from a reputable seller will cost almost as much and there may always be little marks and wear and tear that might niggle? I have both and my second hand bags are lovely but I do prefer to buy from new- personal taste as always- I just feel its that bit more of a luxury given you are spending so much. I havent got a rosie to compare but I am quite petite and dont find the roxy too big- I love them!! (I have 4)
 

klp0213

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Oooh, what a lovely position to be in karchr! :nuts:

Have you tried the Roxanne on to see if it works for you? I bought a choc Roxanne and never bonded with it. I found it too big and boxy and remarkably heavy once filled with my stuff.

I love my Rosemary to bits, it's such a fab little bag. I love that it can be handheld or a shoulder bag and the fact that essentially it is a mini Roxanne. The outside pockets are a little bit small which could be a problem for some, depending on how much you carry or what size your mobile phone is. For what it's worth, my mobile (flip phone) fits fine and so do my keys. I find that Rosemary is the perfect size for carrying essentials with a little room to spare. :smile:
 

Minimouse

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Well, I guess I'm biased because I keep breeding Rosemaries! :biggrin:

cmaec makes some very good points. You need to ask yourself those questions.

When my very first Rosemary arrived I was shocked, it looked so tiny, but it is like a tardis, bigger inside than you realize. I do have a thread somewhere that shows content comparisons, let me see if I can find it... aah, here it is:

http://forum.purseblog.com/mulberry/size-and-content-comparison-of-a-rosemary-roxanne-447023.html
  • Are you a big bag person or a small bag person?
  • Do you like a loose or tighter fit over the shoulder?
  • How important are usable front pockets and what would you put in them?
  • Definitely need to ask yourself what you need to fit in your bag, that should determine which size will suit you best.
I personally find Rosemary to be extremely versatile since it's comfortable over the arm or the shoulder, but of course it wouldn't be practical if it didn't fit all your stuff! I personally don't find Roxy very comfortable over the shoulder, it gives me 'chicken arm', but maybe that's because it hasn't softened up very much.
 

mulberrymania

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Well, I guess I'm biased because I keep breeding Rosemaries! :biggrin:

cmaec makes some very good points. You need to ask yourself those questions.

When my very first Rosemary arrived I was shocked, it looked so tiny, but it is like a tardis, bigger inside than you realize. I do have a thread somewhere that shows content comparisons, let me see if I can find it... aah, here it is:


http://forum.purseblog.com/mulberry/size-and-content-comparison-of-a-rosemary-roxanne-447023.html
  • Are you a big bag person or a small bag person?
  • Do you like a loose or tighter fit over the shoulder?
  • How important are usable front pockets and what would you put in them?
  • Definitely need to ask yourself what you need to fit in your bag, that should determine which size will suit you best.
I personally find Rosemary to be extremely versatile since it's comfortable over the arm or the shoulder, but of course it wouldn't be practical if it didn't fit all your stuff! I personally don't find Roxy very comfortable over the shoulder, it gives me 'chicken arm', but maybe that's because it hasn't softened up very much.

Mini , that made me laugh, breeding Rosemary's !:nuts:
 

Minimouse

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What is 'chicken arm' Mini?!
You know... when the arm above your elbow sticks out because the bag is wide. I know, I know, I'm mad! I'm off to continue breeding.... hoping for a ginger to pop out after what seems like a very long gestation period!
 

Poppy bagfan

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mini, I am currently obsessing about a Roxy or a rosy and have just read this thread of yours - HUGE thanks - really helpful indeed.
 

Minimouse

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Glad it helped Poppy. If you think of any other questions, feel free to PM me, but of course all the girls here have a lot of great advice. I'm just the only boring one fixated by Rosemaries.
 

Slowhand

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So Karchr do tell - have you decided which of the beauties would suit you best ?

Be warned though - if you stay around a round here you could well end up with both before too long :rolleyes:
 

Poppy bagfan

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Mini, I think it has to be a Roxy for the extra room in it for my junk....I actually like the look of the Rosy better but am a big bag girl and need to be able to carry everything i may need if suddenly offered a trip to an exotic location with a gorgeous man whilst doing the shopping at Waitrose.....

But keep on breeding - tPF needs specialists! ;)