Designed and crafted to last, Mulberry bags are the ultimate investment piece. A wear whenever and love forever piece, the Mulberry handbag takes many forms, from the iconic Bayswater – big enough to carry all the necessities you couldn’t go a day without – to the Lily, a sophisticated shoulder bag to take you from desk to dinner and onto the dance floor.
Tempted to treat yourself? Here are five things you probably didn’t already know about Mulberry and the attention-to-detail put into each and every handbag.
1. Mulberry was founded in 1971, when Roger Saul established the brand at his kitchen table with 21st birthday gift of £500 cash from his mother. The Mulberry tree logo which has now become so synonymous with the great British brand was designed by Saul’s sister. The inspiration for the logo, and indeed the brand name itself, came from the trees Saul passed each day on his way to school in the years before.
2. At The Rookery, Mulberry’s Somerset factory, the retail price of each bag hangs laminated and in full view of the craftsmen and craftswomen constructing them. The idea behind the unconventional approach is that all those who are working on the bags understand the prices each one will command and how important it is that it is treated with respect. It’s a pretty effective way of keeping their eye on the ball!
3. As many as 50 different processes go into making each Mulberry handbag. Some processes employ cutting-edge technology, while others are carried out by the skilled hand of a proud workforce.
4. Mulberry handbags remain a largely handmade product, with over 50% of all Mulberry bags still made in the UK. As many as 30 pairs of hands touch each bag during production, with everything from the framework, to the handles, fastenings and that all-important Mulberry stamp handcrafted by highly-skilled artisans at one of two Somerset factories; The Rookery in Chilcompton and The Willows in Bridgwater.
5. Careful thought goes into every aspect at Mulberry, including the colour of the packaging in which you take home your new handbag. The brand’s hallmark colour, Mulberry Green, was created in 2015, designed to acknowledge the English countryside that has been so intrinsic to the brand’s heritage, whilst also marking a modernisation under the leadership of new Creative Director, Johnny Coca. The hallmark hue is a new shade of British Racing Green, a colour more often associated with the golden age of motor racing. Mulberry founder, Roger Saul, has a passion for classic cars which continues to this day, a love which the Mulberry Green hue acknowledges.
We have a huge range of Mulberry Classic and Seasonal Spring Summer 2017 styles available in store now. We’re open 7 days a week and can now offer ‘interest free’ spread payments on selected qualifying purchases. Visit us today or call 01302 711477 to find out more.