Mulberry’s sustainable handbag
Mulberry, one of the world’s most prestigious leather fashion brands, has launched a 100 per cent sustainable handbag. The Portobello Tote is made from heavy-grain leather which, like all the hides used by Mulberry, was the by-product of food production. The tannery it is treated at is rated gold for sustainability by the Leather Working Group. Even the thread used for its stitching is made from recycled polyester fibre.
Inspiration for the design comes from the humble plastic carrier bag. Johnny Coca, Mulberry’s creative director, said: “The Portobello keeps the beautiful utility of this silhouette and elevates it into a an elegant tote that is practical and, more importantly, made to last. “
Double loop handles and a shoulder strap add to the bag’s practicality. All of Mulberry’s UK operations – factories, offices and shops became carbon neutral last year. The company aims to be carbon neutral worldwide by 2025. Mulberry will donate all profits from the bag to the World Land Trust, a conservation charity that funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife.
Thierry Andretta, Mulberry CEO said: “I am delighted to oversee the creation of Mulberry’s first completely sustainable handbag. Through our Mulberry Green responsibility commitments, we are continuing our innovative approach towards design and manufacturing in a conscientious way, ensuring we will provide truly luxury, truly responsible products for our customers.”
The Portobello Tote is made at Mulberry’s Somerset factory and costs £795. Available from mulberry.com