British fashion label Mulberry unveiled the latest chapter of its Mulberry editions with Ireland-born, London-based Richard Malone as part of the brand’s 50th anniversary.
For the limited-edition Mulberry x Richard Malone capsule collection, Malone reinterpreted two Mulberry bags that feature Postman’s iconic lock – the Bayswater, one of Mulberry’s most recognizable models, and the Darley.
Unveiled at Malone’s Spring / Summer 2022 runway show at the V&A Museum, during London Fashion Week, the collection blends Mulberry’s heritage with the designer’s bold design language, echoing the functional aesthetic of early and middle bags. of the century.
The starting point of the capsule was the adaptability and longevity of luggage and travel bags, explains Mulberry in the press release, as well as Malone drawing inspiration from the Mulberry archives where he was struck by “the pragmatism, the purpose and quiet confidence of the designs, âand how they have been able to adapt effortlessly to the demands of a busy lifestyle and fit seamlessly into a wardrobe for decades.
For the collection, Malone deconstructed the Bayswater, carrying interior design details, such as pockets, piping, and numbered key rings on the outside of the bags. By reworking this classic, he gave way to two new silhouettes, the Triangle Bayswater and a cylindrical version, the Barrel Bag.
Malone also puts his own stamp on Mulberry’s signature hardware, the Postman’s Lock, found on both the Bayswater and the Darley, wrapping it in leather for a subtle, modern update.
Mulberry x Richard Malone launch during London Fashion Week
To underscore Mulberry and Malone’s commitment to British craftsmanship and sustainability, an eco-friendly version of the brand’s signature scotchgrain, which has been part of the Mulberry collections for decades, is used across all styles. It’s now made from innovative biosynthetic materials, reusing inedible grain waste into a tough, lightweight material that looks and feels like the original textured leather. Any leather used, for example, on straps and handles, comes from Gold Standard certified tanneries.
Mulberry described the collection as a âclean but punchy celebration of function as much as formâ, adding that the geometric shapes echo the architectural silhouettes for which Malone is renowned in his own collections.
The purity of the design has been translated into the âpunchyâ color palette of the collections of blue, red, green and white, inspired by post-modern and 1970s design.
Richard Malone said in a statement, âWorking with Mulberry feels natural to me. I truly respect the fact that they have put in place conscious values ââand ambitious sustainability plans.
âThe whole process has been so rewarding; Mulberry were real collaborators, giving me real creative freedom. At its heart, this collection is all about function: creating some great bags that I hope people will love and wear for years to come. “
Thierry Andretta, Managing Director of Mulberry, added: âWe are delighted to unveil Richard Malone’s contribution to the Mulberry Editions series. Its innovative approach to our design DNA and the reinterpretation of two of our most beloved bags – coupled with our shared passion and commitment to our Made to Last values ââof quality and sustainability – make this a truly exciting time for Mulberry so as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. “
The Mulberry x Richard Malone capsule collection consists of a Bayswater, Mini Bayswater, Small Darley and two new styles The Triangle Bayswater and Barrel Bag, as well as accessories including a Coin Pouch and a Key Fob. The collection will launch digitally on mulberry.com on September 19 and in stores around the world on September 20. The first Mulberry Edition designer collaboration launched in June with designer Priya Ahluwalia, who reinvented Mulberry’s Portobello bag and assortment of scarves in her iconic vibrant aesthetic. Malone’s collection will be followed by a capsule designed by Nicholas Daley in November.