British fashion brand Mulberry has unveiled the latest chapter in its Mulberry Editions with Richard Malone as part of the brand’s 50th anniversary.
For the limited edition Mulberry x Richard Malone capsule collection, Malone reinterprets two bags which both feature the iconic Postman’s Lock: the Bayswater, one of Mulberry’s most loved and recognisable designs, and the Darley.
Unveiled as part of the Richard Malone show at the Victoria and Albert Museum during London Fashion Week, the capsule sees the Irish-born, London-based designer meld Mulberry’s heritage with his own bold design language, taking the functional aesthetics of early and mid-century bags – in particular the adaptability and longevity of luggage and travel bags – as a starting point for the collection.
Looking to the Mulberry archives for inspiration, Malone was struck by the pragmatism, purpose and quiet confidence of the designs, the way they could effortlessly adapt to fit the demands of a busy lifestyle and slot seamlessly into a wardrobe for decades.
As two companies who are passionate about championing British craftsmanship and sustainability, both Mulberry and Malone successfully manage to translate their shared ethos into the collection, by producing an eco-friendly version of the brand’s signature Scotchgrain material, which has been a key part of Mulberry collections for decades, and is used across all styles.
Now crafted from innovative Bio-Synthetic materials, repurposing inedible cereal waste into a hard-wearing, lightweight material that looks and feels the same as the original textured material. Any leather used – for example, on the straps and handles – is from Gold-standard, environmentally accredited tanneries.
Mulberry x Richard Malone: Behind the collaboration
The collection’s accompanying campaign stars some of Malone’s closest creative collaborators. An insight into the people who influence and inspire him, those featured include Alighieri Jewellery founder Rosh Mahtani, photographer Ronan Mckenzie, Fashion East founder Lulu Kennedy MBE and stylist Nell Kalonji.
In a statement announcing the collection, Richard Malone says: “Collaborating with Mulberry feels like a natural fit for me – I really respect that they have meaningful conscious values, and ambitious sustainability plans in place. The whole process has been so rewarding; Mulberry have been true collaborators, giving me genuine creative free rein. At its heart, this collection is all about function: creating really great bags that I hope people will love and wear for years.”
Whilst Thierry Andretta, Mulberry CEO adds: “We are delighted to unveil Richard Malone’s contribution to the Mulberry Editions series. His innovative take on our design DNA, and reinterpretation of two of our most loved bags – coupled with our shared passion for and commitment to our Made to Last values of quality and sustainability – make this a truly exciting moment for Mulberry as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.”
The Mulberry x Richard Malone capsule consists of a Bayswater, Mini Bayswater, Triangle Bayswater, Barrel Bag and Small Darley, along with accessories including a Coin Pouch and Key Fob. The collection is available for purchase online and in Mulberry stores now.