Mulberry launches bag collection using the world’s lowest carbon leather
As part of the latest chapter of Mulberry Editions, a series of collections launched in celebration of the brand’s 50th anniversary this year, Mulberry has today launched its "Lowest Carbon Collection" of bags.
Created using the world’s lowest carbon leather, and crafted in the brand’s carbon neutral Somerset factories, the "Soft Small Amberley Satchel" has been produced using ‘Hawthorn’ heavy grain leather, in partnership with Muirhead, a member of the Scottish Leather Group.
In line with Mulberry’s "Made to Last" manifesto, announced earlier this year, the collection is created in the UK with a pioneering hyper-local, hyper-transparent "farm to finished product" supply chain model, marking a bold commitment to transparency and traceability.
All the raw hides for the new bags were sourced from within the UK and Ireland, and tanned, treated and finished by Muirhead at their leather production site 15 miles outside of Glasgow, Scotland.
Mulberry CEO, Thierry Andretta, said: “I’m pleased to launch Mulberry’s first capsule collection of regenerative ‘farm to finished product’. The collection represents the future of the business as we continue to build a network of regenerative and organic farms to supply the hides to create our leather across the UK and Europe. This reinforces Mulberry’s bold commitment to the future, outlined in our Made to Last manifesto published earlier this year to mark our 50th anniversary.”
Muirhead managing director, Nicholas Muirhead, added: “We are delighted to form a strategic partnership with global British brand Mulberry, to support their sustainable and responsible business goals. Muirhead developed the lowest carbon soft and supple leather for the fashion industry to reduce carbon intensity even in the high luxury segment.”
Muirhead produces the world's lowest carbon intensity leather at 1.1kg of CO2 per hide, made possible by building close relationships with local farmers, utilising its pioneering thermal energy plant which generates heat from waste. It also maximises water usage by filtering and recycling 40% of the waste water back into leather production.
Mulberry’s partnership with Muirhead represents the way forward for the brand, as it lays out its ambitious commitment to transform the business to a regenerative and circular model, encompassing the entire supply chain, "from field to wardrobe", establishing a blueprint which can be replicated with a network of trusted partners. It also underpins the brand’s ambition to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2035.
The new "Soft Small Amberley Satchel" bag comes in four colours; cornflower blue, coral orange, black and charcoal, and is available from today, 22 November, 2021, in stores and on the Mulberry website.