Mulberry’s Somerset factories are the home of modern British craft, with a community of craftspeople dedicated to combining traditional skills with the latest innovations. The brand’s Mulberry Green charter defines their commitment to creating positive change and building a sustainable legacy, and is treated as a perpetual work in progress. Goals are achieved through the care and attention taken in designing, sourcing, manufacturing and maintaining Mulberry products. Leather is the most important area of material focus, as it makes up to 90% of Mulberry’s products.
For the AW20 collection, 76% of the leathers were sourced from tanneries with environmental accreditation and the current target is to source 100% of leather from tanneries with gold, silver or bronze environmental accreditation by AW22. Responsible new material innovations are also being introduced throughout the collections. Regenerated ECONYL® has replaced virgin nylon, and the brand is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative.
Across their two factories, Mulberry’s craftspeople combine traditional skills with the latest technologies to optimise material usage and reduce wastage. All UK operations have been carbon neutral for over two years, and the UK factories also work with a Zero Waste to Landfill providers. The brand is a recognised signatory of the UN’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and has set an internal goal of global carbon neutrality by 2025.
Spring 2020, the brand launched the Mulberry Exchange, a suite of circular economy services that enables customers to have their Mulberry bags authenticated and appraised, with the opportunity to put this value towards a new purchase. Pre-loved bags are expertly refurbished in Somerset and then offered for sale in select stores across the UK.
The Somerset factories also house Mulberry’s globally renowned lifetime restoration and repair services, which allows customers to revive, rather than replace, a well-loved bag. Their highly skilled artisans have access to an archive of materials and hardware going back over 35 years, allowing them to expertly repair bags from some of their earliest collections. Cleaning and stain removal are also offered to keep well-loved bags in top condition.
Following the hugely successful launch of the 100% sustainable Portobello Tote, Mulberry has now introduced gold standard leather to their signature silhouettes. Iconic shapes like the Bayswater, Amberley and Iris are now available in this beautiful Heavy Grain leather from environmentally accredited tanneries.
Throughout Craft Week 2020, you are invited to visit Mulberry’s flagship Regent Street store to discover these silhouettes: their tactility, sustainability and unique approach to modern craftsmanship.
EVENT DETAILS30 September 2020 - 1 October 2020, 11:00 - 18:30
2 October 2020 - 3 October 2020, 11:00 - 19:00
4 October 2020, 11:00 - 18:00
5 October 2020 - 8 October 2020, 11:00 - 18:30
9 October 2020 - 10 October 2020, 11:00 - 19:00
100 Regent Street