July 13, 2021
British leather goods house Mulberry is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited-edition handbag collaboration with British fashion designer and longtime friend of the house Alexa Chung.
One of Mulberry’s most memorable silhouettes, the Alexa was inspired by the fashion personality herself, and has been reinterpreted to reflect Ms. Chung’s personal style: masculine formality complemented by vintage romance. In addition to inspiring the British leather brand, Ms. Chung has cemented herself within the fashion world, serving as a global style icon and muse to heritage fashion houses.
Since she was scouted by a modeling agency in 1999, Ms. Chung has remained one of fashion’s most recognized names and faces.
She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, and was appointed as a Young Style Ambassador by the British Fashion Council in 2010, which referred to her as the “epitome of London style.”
In 2017, Ms. Chung launched her eponymous fashion label with the goal of combining Parisian chic with New York edge.
Despite evolving from fashion influencer to designer, Ms. Chung still works closely with notable brands.
Earlier this year, the British designer appeared in Italian fashion house Gucci’s “Winter in the Park” campaign, a digital project photographed by Angelo Pennetta. Ms. Chung modeled 70s-inspired fashions in a color palette mixing bold colors and muted tones in London’s Hyde Park alongside singer-songwriter Celeste and actor Vanessa Kirby (see story).
For International Women’s Day 2020, online retailer Net-A-Porter asked Ms. Chung and 19 other designers to create exclusive T-shirts whose proceeds were donated to women in war-torn countries (see story).
Today, Ms. Chung has 4.4 million and 1.3 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, respectively.
Her collaboration with Mulberry further emphasizes her influence on fashion, and specifically, British style.
Taking cues from vintage satchels as well as the Mulberry Elkington briefcase that inspired the original Alexa bag, the new versatile Big Guy handbag is designed to be carried all day and styled with everything. The Big Guy handbag retails from $1,380.82 to $1,658.37.
The Little Guy is a more slimline version, intended for evening wear, but similarly versatile in regards to styling. The Little Guy handbag retails from $1,103.27 to $1,242.05.
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Alongside the Big Guy and Little Guy is a complimentary edit of Alexa bags in a bright color palette and 70s-inspired treatments of the Mulberry x Alexa Chung collection. The new iteration of the Alexa bag retails from $1,380.82 to $2,074.70.
The new silhouettes are crafted at Mulberry’s carbon-neutral Somerset factories with leather sourced from environmentally-rated tanneries. In a push for circularity, Mulberry intends for its pieces to be loved and worn, and eventually passed down through generations.
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