The Piccadilly is the travel-sized version of our iconic Bayswater. It shares the same shape and hardware, including our a signature postman’s lock and leather key fob. The Piccadilly is available in our signature Natural Leather in Oak, Chocolate or Black, or the newer Black Grainy Print Leather with nickel hardware.
Classic Natural Leather, pictured here, is a beautiful tactile finish that, as the name suggests, is as natural as possible. It is vegetable tanned and left uncoated to cultivate the leather’s natural grain. This type of leather ages wonderfully, it gets softer and more supple the more you use it, and in Oak it burnishes to become darker, smoother and unique to its owner. It is also hardwearing; the Piccadilly is designed to be a travel companion for life.
The ‘My Library’ series discovers the books loved by the people we meet. Our latest contributor is co-founder and San Francisco editor of Remodelista, Sarah Lonsdale. We came across a beautiful series of stories on Remodelista celebrating books, the craft behind them and how they influence people’s lives. We thought Sarah would be an ideal person to add her own voice to the book conversation.
The books on Sarah’s day-to-day radar are design books, and she has chosen to photograph the ones she has on her bookshelf and bedside table. “The downside of being a blogger is that I don’t read as many novels as I used to, I tend to cram them in over holidays.”
“We’ve been writing about houses and homes at Remodelista for over six years now and over this time it has really made me think about the meaning of home. Designer Ilse Crawford’s book Home is Where the Heart is, is a thoughtful look at the subject laying out the essentials for a well designed nurturing environment.
Last year Sarah worked on several shoots with foraging friend Louesa Roebuck, who creates dramatic over-sized installations with foraged flora, which brought flower books to her attention. “I never get too excited about most flower books but Bringing Nature Home by photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo and Nicolette Owen of Brooklyn’s Little Flower School is an exception. They have poetically captured seasonal flowers in domestic settings in a way that makes it easy to emulate (or at least the appearance of doing so).”
Sarah has also been enjoying niche magazines such as Apartamento, but Kinfolk remains a favourite. “It has a clean layout, dreamy photography and homespun prose.”
May’s new arrivals include the Willow Tote in Oxblood Silky Classic Calf Leather, finished with soft gold hardware. The Willow Tote is a multi-wear style, with a clever zip-detached envelope clutch and an understated, elegant shape.
Oxblood, as a rich Burgundy or Claret tone, is key to the colour palette as a rich transitional shade between the spring and autumn seasons. Silky Classic Calf is a new leather for Mulberry, a refined smooth grain surface with a silky-to-touch finish.
Lorena Maza is the Fashion Editor of independent magazine Sleek. Founded in Hamburg, Sleek is a thematically curated selection of contemporary fashion and art. The magazine is now published from Berlin and distributed internationally.
Lorena visited our new store on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin to choose her guest edit look from the Spring Summer 2013 collection.
Frank Hülsbömer is a respected Berlin-based artist. To celebrate the opening of our new store in Berlin, Frank created a bespoke moving installation that can be seen in store until the end of June.
The moving installation uses shards of vintage glass that rotate to create patterns of light on the store’s walls. Frank used Berlin’s rich history, his own design interpretation and inspiration from Mulberry materials and textures to create the piece. Here, he explains the production behind the installation, his inspirations, and its place in the Mulberry store.
The ‘My Library’ series discovers the books loved by the people we meet. The latest snapshots come courtesy of author and filmmaker Liz Goldwyn. Her first book Pretty Things celebrates the ‘last generation of American Burlesque queens’.
Throughout her career, Liz has been surrounded by literature and the written word. She has immersed herself in different cultures and opinions, from work as a curator of the Sotheby’s fashion department, to writing a column for the Japanese Hanatsubaki magazine. She has told stories through traditional essays as well as visual exhibitions, films and documentaries. Pretty Things is based on her own documentary on American Burlesque.
“I am a huge fan of William Gibson.” Liz tells us. His cyber punk novel Neuromancer is a classic: it predates the mainstreaming of the internet and virtual reality.” His latest book Count Zero was recommended to her during a romantic visit to the Morgan library in New York and seeing a Surrealist drawing show. “The way to my heart is through literature.”
The Chair of History at USC, a recent mentor, recommended Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos to Liz. “It’s a fictional tale set in Los Angeles in 1897 in the world of prostitution. After reading the first draft of my new book, he suggested I look at Dos Passos’ writing – he’s an experimental author whose work reminds me a bit of the beat poets, though he was writing in the 1920s. I also love his novel, 1919.”
The Spring Summer 2013 colour palette was inspired by English flora and fauna, with pastel shades and light, laid-back tones. New colours like Bright Apricot, Nude, Light Berry Cream, Mint and Biscuit Brown create colour-blocked looks, contrasting prints and fresh leather finishes. For selected ready-to-wear and accessories pieces, English florals meet tropical geckos for a new bespoke print design.
Discover accessories, ready-to-wear and finishing touches from the Spring Summer 2013 catwalk, in our new Spring Edit.
To celebrate the opening of the new Mulberry store on Kurfürstendamm, Berlin, we’re delighted to launch a collaboration with respected local artist Frank Hülsbömer.
From a Mulberry brief, Frank created a bespoke installation exclusive to our Berlin store. His work often explores the relationship between modern design and craft, and is the ideal complement to our store design, which references the Mulberry ethos of uniting traditional craft with innovation and creativity.
The moving installation uses shards of vintage glass that rotate to create patterns of light on the store’s walls. Frank chose glass pieces from the remains of windows from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) parliament building Palast der Republik (used during the Cold War period), to offer a connection to Berlin’s multi-faceted history.
Frank also wanted to create a subtle creative reference to the textures Mulberry uses in its design and craft:
“The kinetic installation contrasts a shiny surface with a matt background, similar to the contrast between leather and the metal closure on a Mulberry bag. It’s like a small mirror. It would be flattering if the viewer would take this thought with them every time they glance over the closure on their bag.”
Below you will see film and images of the piece in store, and Frank has also shared exclusive pictures from inside his studio.
The installation can be seen in Mulberry Kurfürstendamm until the end of June.
Mulberry bags celebrate timeless leather craft with their shape, style and detailing. The Willow collection is exclusively made in England, at our flagship factory The Rookery. From first design to final product, Willow bags are prototyped, tested, developed and carefully crafted by a highly-skilled team.
We captured moments during the process of making a Willow Tote, from selecting the best leather to hand-stitching the finishing touches.
The Lily was first introduced as an evening bag, which took signature Mulberry detailing like the postman’s lock hardware for a compact bag with a woven leather and chain strap.
The strap can be worn snugly under the shoulder or pulled through for a longer style and many of our customers find that Lily is versatile as a small day bag as well. To offer the style of Lily with more room for daily use, we introduced Medium Lily, a larger version with the same hardware and detailing, that can hold more and be used for a variety of purposes and occasions.
The collection has its very own signature – a small gold horseshoe tucked inside the classic leather fob accessory.
Take a closer look at the bags in store, or on mulberry.com.