In celebration of Mulberry's momentous 50th anniversary, the British luxury brand called upon designers Priya Ahluwalia, Richard Malone and Nicholas Daley to reimagine an iconic silhouette for a limited-edition capsule collection, with Malone's interpretation coming as the next chapter in the collaborative series.
The award-winning Irish-born London-based designer is primarily known for his commitment to ethical and sustainable practices while also blurring the already delicate boundaries between fashion, art and design, often taking many of his inspirations from architecture to create structural designs that dazzle and impress anyone who lays eyes on them.
For his limited-edition capsule, released during London Fashion Week, Malone has reimagined Mulberry's beloved Bayswater and Darley bags. Choosing to take inspiration directly from the Mulberry archives, Malone started by deconstructing the Bayswater and turning it, quite literally, inside-out, transporting interior design details such as pockets, piping and serial numbered fobs to the exterior of the handbag style. Malone's capsule consists of a Bayswater, Mini Bayswater, Small Darley and two new styles, the Triangle Bayswater, Barrel Bag. These are accompanied by smaller accessories, including a coin pouch and key fob.
Thierry Andretta, chief executive at Mulberry, commented:
'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.'
With both Malone and Mulberry sharing a mutual passion for championing British craftsmanship and sustainability, an eco-friendly version of Mulberry's signature scotch grain material - which has played a crucial part of Mulberry collections for decades - is used across all styles, crafted from innovative Bio-Synthetic materials. Taking home the Woolmark Prize last year for his fully biodegradable collection, sustainability isn't just a fad for the SHOWstudio-dubbed 'people's designer'; it's ingrained into everything he does, making this collaboration much more meaningful through equally shared values. Malone elaborates on this in a statement, commenting:
'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.'
A collection of beautifully designed handbags that draw on both Malone and Mulberry's signature aesthetics, this capsule collection delights in the importance of British craft. So, if you're someone who appreciates and understands the importance of longevity over popularity, these handbag's have your name written all over them. The collection is available to buy online at mulberry.com and in stores globally.