Mulberry has just launched what it says is its first ‘100% sustainable handbag’. The Portobello Tote has been inspired by the humble plastic bag and it would instantly find a space in your wardrobe.
Johnny Coca, Mulberry’s creative director, said in a statement: ‘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 leather comes as a by-product of the food industry, and all of the bags are made in the brand’s Somerset factory thus cutting out its carbon footprint (around 50% of the entire Mulberry collection is made here), and stitched using recycled Epic EcoVerde thread.
Plus 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the first one hundred Portobello Totes will be donated to the World Land Trust, a conservation charity that provides permanent protection for wildlife and habitats.
This chic and contemporary bag for life comes in several gorgeous colourways, from Nordic blue to crimson, chestnut and black and is priced at £895. We’re also big fans of the sizing options here: it comes in regular and oversized too.
Mulberry has also recently collaborated on a special version limited edition of the Portobello tote with Ahluwalia, a brand founded by London-born designer Priya Ahluwalia whose work is a joyous celebration of her dual Indian and Nigerian heritage. The Mulberry x Ahluwalia tote comes in two sizes, the mini (in black and suede) and regular which retail at £695 and £1,195 respectively.
It is part of the Mulberry Green initiative which aims to create a lasting positive and sustainable change for the industry and the planet.
Seriously cute and good for the planet? We’re here for it.