5 things you didn’t know about Mulberry bags
You'll never guess how long they take to make
Words by Edwina Langley
It all started, as these things often do, on the kitchen table. The year was 1971, and Roger Saul had been given £500 by his mother to set in motion an idea for a belt and choker brand. His sister designed the logo, a tree – the type lining the path Roger had taken to school. It was a Mulberry tree, and he named his company after it.
Today, Mulberry is a luxury British lifestyle brand boasting 120 stores worldwide. Creative Director Johnny Coca – formerly of Celine – took over the helm in 2015, and has since wowed the fashion crowd with his new direction, opening the brand up to the international market with critically acclaimed ready-to-wear collections, whilst ensuring it retains its ties to British heritage.
As the largest manufacturer of luxury products in the UK, Mulberry also upholds a 40-year reputation asthepurveyor for British leather accessories. Indeed, any mention of Mulberry will inevitably lead to their best-known – their handbags… With designs like the Bayswater and Alexa now in the realms of the iconic, to carry one on your arm is to show yourself to be someone of exceptional style.
So with London’s Craft Week well underway – and Mulberry one of its proud sponsors – what better time to catch up with Johnny Coca and his team to find out exactly how these masterpieces in leather arereallymade…
1. What inspires their design
‘The street,’ Johnny says. He likes to stand on the terrace at Mulberry HQ and look down at the handbags carried by passersby below. How are they being carried – on the shoulder or by hand? What are their proportions? Does the bag have ‘an attitude’?
When he sees something he likes, the creation process begins – although ideas can come to him in the shower and in his sleep!
Johnny’s handbag designs are function-led. What is the need for them, he asks himself. Does a woman need a shopping bag – or a suitcase? After that, it’s all about reinventing the construction; offering something new, something ‘personal’.
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