As one of the world’s leading luxury leather specialists, iconic brand Mulberry is famous for creating women’s designer handbags that combine traditional craft with modern style. The brand was founded in 1971, making it a relative newcomer compared with established designer labels.
However, it has quickly become a dynamic force in the world of fashion, with its celebrity-inspired handbag collections and British manufacturing base. Mulberry’s team has expanded from a staff of one in 1971 to more than 600 employees today.
Mulberry’s roots are in Somerset, where Roger Saul established the company with £500 funding from his mother. He had inherited a passion for leather from his father, who was an employee of Clark’s shoemakers. Roger’s sister Rosemary designed the famous logo and the first handbags were made by hand in the family home.
Mulberry soon established itself as a lifestyle brand, thanks to its high-quality leather poacher bags, binocular bags and dispatch bags. The range expanded to include male and female fashions, footwear and leather accessories and in 1973 the family opened their factory in Chilcompton, Somerset.
The apprenticeship programme was launched in 2006 to enable local youngsters to learn useful production skills. Providing employment in the community, apprentices who successfully graduate from the programme are given a job at the Mulberry factory.
Mulberry’s iconic designs such as the Bayswater, the Trout satchel and the Alexa are recognised as contemporary classics – the finest examples of British design and manufacturing prowess.
Manufactured at one of Mulberry’s two Somerset factories, where teams of craftsmen are known for creating the famous “it” bags, the Bayswater in particular is a much sought-after designer bag that is available in several finishes, including crocodile-print and ostrich. The classic flap and mini lock closure is staple to the range. The Daria hobo handbag pays tribute to the 1970s, with its simple and chic style, soft pebbled interior and plaited handle.
Mulberry bags are on sale in top retail stores, both in the UK and abroad – House of Fraser, Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols all stock the product range. The original Mulberry Factory Shop is still operational in Somerset, while Mulberry outlet stores have opened at Bicester Village in York, Cheshire Oaks and Roermond in the Netherlands.
Mulberry’s creative director, Johnny Coca, joined the team in 2015. Moving to Mulberry from Céline, where he was responsible for their most successful bags of the past few years, he has also worked for Louis Vuitton. He oversees the collections of leather goods and accessories, as well as the Mulberry image and the brand’s evolution.
Born in Seville, the Paris-educated designer works with Mulberry’s London-based design teams. He says his philosophy is to create beautiful objects for men and women that are also made to last. His bags, garments, accessories and shoes are both beautiful and functional.
Mulberry’s London offices, at 30 Kensington Church Street, commissioned Sound Planning to carry out an acoustic report and noise impact assessment at the request of the local authority – the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – following the acquisition of a new Johnson Controls Chiller.
Sound Planning completed calculations and predictions to ascertain whether noise levels were likely to detrimentally affect neighbours. The chiller noise levels were predicted to be 41dB(A) at the nearest noise-sensitive window, at neighbouring York House.
The assessment concluded “no adverse impact” was anticipated and that the development met the RBKC target noise level. Subsequently, no noise mitigation strategy was required with regard to the chiller.
To protect residential amenity, the borough’s Environmental Health Directorate announced its intention to attach a planning condition that the plant and equipment must be serviced regularly, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure the requirements were maintained.
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