In the fold of the rolling Mendip Hills in the English county of Somerset nestles the village of Chilcompton. It is here that the young entrepreneur Roger Saul founded Mulberry with a £500 birthday gift and a boundless passion for leather.
Somerset is often considered the true home of the British leather industry, rich in its history of leather craftsmanship. Roger’s father worked for the renowned Clark’s shoemakers and gave to his son a love for all that is traditionally British, and a meticulous eye for craftsmanship and quality. The company has always had a family feel; the first Mulberry pieces were made by hand around the Sauls’ kitchen table and Roger’s sister Rosemary designed the brand’s iconic tree logo.
Noting the trends of the Seventies, Roger began creating plaited belts and chokers using centuries-old leather techniques originally practised by equestrian harness-makers. The first pieces were sold from a stall on the famous Portobello Road in London, and soon caught the eye of the iconic stores Harvey Nichols and Biba. In a short time Mulberry collections became the toast of English fashion. Roger had reignited a passion for ‘Le Style Anglais’ – that chic combination of usefulness and style recognised worldwide.
Today Mulberry is known as a leading British luxury leather and fashion brand, with a turnover of £163 million and 122 stores worldwide and a digital flagship, mulberry.com. Inspired by the cool of the city and the craft of the British countryside, Mulberry products are created from the finest leathers and designed to be beautifully functional and enduringly stylish. The list of characters who have moulded the Mulberry brand over the past four decades reads like a who’s who of British creativity. Season after season Mulberry’s designers and expert craftsmen and women continue to create beautiful products that inspire and delight an international audience.