Mulberry: Bags Of Style
The very British brand of Mulberry produces exceptional luxury bags for the global market. Exquisite explores the Mulberry story...
Mulberry was born relatively recently, in 1971. Its founder, Roger Saul started the company at his kitchen table in Somerset, England. From the start, he collaborated with his family. His mother backed the brand with £500 and his sister designed the distinctive tree logo. He decided upon the name ‘Mulberry’ as he loved the trees that he passed on his way to school. Saul’s father worked at the local Clark’s shoemakers and it was him that instilled his son’s passion to produce good quality, hardwearing leather goods. The first Mulberry products were buckled leather belts. These were followed by accessories, especially the now legendary bags.
Mulberry is now one of the largest manufacturers of luxury goods in the UK, yet it still retains the ethos of artisans. A large proportion of production is still in Somerset, carefully crafted by leather experts.
Think of Mulberry and you probably picture their most famous bags – the Bayswater, the Alexa and the Trout satchel. Each one of these iconic handbags embodies the values of the brand, combining classic design with a sense of modernity. As they say, “Mulberry combines authentic, age-honoured craft with innovative fashion character.”
Only a handful of people have held the company’s creative reins. Following in the footsteps of the founder Roger Saul, came Design and Creative Directors Nicholas Knightly, Stuart Vevers, Emma Hill and, currently, Johnny Coca.