Inspired by the cool of the city and the craft of the countryside, Mulberry is known for its fashion duality and strong ties to British craft and design. Founded in 1971 in rural Somerset, we are one of the last remaining brands to still retain, invest in and expand our British factory site. Mulberry creates accessories, shoes and womenswear that fuse traditional craftsmanship and functional design with creative flair and imagination. And under the creative direction of Emma Hill the brand has gone from strength to strength, building an international reputation for super-desirable products with a playful dose of English eccentricity.
As Britain’s first lifestyle brand Mulberry was popular at home and abroad for its quintessentially English style and personality. During the 1970s and ’80s a collection of quilted fishing bags, poacher bags and jackets inspired by the country pursuits of hunting, shooting and fishing put Mulberry on the fashion map: Le Style Anglais was born.
After this initial success, Mulberry continued to create season after season of iconic products and the brand grew throughout the UK and expanded internationally. Today, the business has stores and concessions worldwide and yet has retained so much of its individuality and integrity – the close-knit teams, the factory in Somerset, the quality leathers, the English practicality of its products and the enthusiastic theming of seasons, loved by press and buyers the world over.
Emma Hill has been instrumental in propelling Mulberry to the league of instantly recognisable brands thanks to her cult creations, including tactile hobo styles such as Daria and Effie, the contemporary satchel icon Alexa, and new arrival Del Rey. Emma won Best Accessories Designer at 2011′s Elle Style Awards, while Mulberry was named Best Designer Brand at 2010′s British Fashion Awards.