Luxury handbag brand, Mulberry has launched its first 100% sustainable leather bag. The creation of the Portobello Tote was inspired by Mulberry Green, the brand’s responsibility commitments that focus on creating a positive change and a sustainable legacy through the care and attention it takes in designing, sourcing and manufacturing each collection.
Made entirely in the UK, at Mulberry’s carbon-neutral Somerset factories, the bag uses Heavy Grain leather from a gold-rated tannery and the material is a by-product of food production. This gold standard rating has been awarded by the internationally recognised Leather Working Group based on the environmental operations and output of the tannery.
The Portobello is unlined and has been stitched with Epic EcoVerde thread, a recycled polyester fibre. The streamlined tote also features double loop handles and a shoulder strap, so it can be carried or worn across the body.
Mulberry Creative Director, Johnny Coca: “Our starting point for this family was the ultimate everyday item, the plastic bag – functional, but throwaway. The Portobello keeps the beautiful utility of this silhouette and elevates it into an elegant tote that is practical and, more importantly, made to last.”
The bag is available in store and at mulberry.com now and comes in a range of signature and seasonal shades: Black, Midnight, Chestnut, Nordic Blue, Crimson, Tangerine Orange and Mulberry Green, with prices starting at £795.
100% of net proceeds from the sale of the bag will go to the World Land Trust: a conservation charity that funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife.
As part of its commitment to product durability and longevity the brand offers a globally renowned lifetime restoration service on all its handbags which allows customers to revive, rather than replace, a well-loved bag.