Mulberry launches collaboration with Nicholas Daley
Mulberry has unveiled the latest iteration of its designer collaboration series Mulberry Editions featuring emerging London designer Nicholas Daley, who has designed a capsule of music-inspired bags and accessories.
Daley, known for exploring his dual Jamaican and Scottish heritage and music, reinterpreted Mulberry’s classic unisex “Antony” satchel for the collaboration, as well as Mulberry’s first foray into music accessories, complete with a guitar strap, a saxophone strap and a plectrum case.
For the capsule, Daley evoked the defining sound movements of the 1960s and 1970s era, the heyday of jazz, reggae and rock ‘n’ roll, updating the “Antony” with whipstitches, fringes and braided patterns in a nod to the outfits and accessories worn by Miles Davis, Roy Ayers and Jimi Hendrix on stage.
The bags come in five size options, including a new oversized iteration, and Daley has also updated Mulberry’s signature hardware, flipping his Postman’s Lock so the twist runs north-south and frames it. with fine embroidery.
The capsule’s tonal palette includes navy, ocher and oak, with contrasting panels of suede, grained leather and cotton canvas to echo the rich play of textures from the ready-to-wear collections. wear from Daley.
Mulberry x Nicholas Daley presents musical accessories for the first time
The collaboration also sees Daley bring his love of music to the forefront, with a series of luxury music accessories, a first for Mulberry, which have been created specifically with Daley’s close community of performing musicians in mind. .
Musical accessories include fringed guitar and saxophone straps, crafted in complementary suede tones, plus a plectrum case and bucket hat with embroidery techniques that echo handcrafted leatherwork found in South Africa. North and the Caribbean.
Commenting on the collection, Daley said in a statement: “This range was created with the musicians I’ve worked with in mind – almost like a wardrobe of accessories to wear on stage.
“Collaborating with Mulberry has been such a privilege. I’ve always felt a strong sense of alignment with the brand’s support of British craftsmanship, as well as its stance on sustainability. The team was so open and supportive in bringing new ideas to life, I’m thrilled that people are resonating with the pieces, loving them and wearing them for years to come.
The Mulberry x Nicholas Daley collection also highlights the British brand’s sustainable business practices, combining Mulberry’s ‘Made to Last’ philosophy with Daley’s community-based approach to design. Both the regular and oversized Antony models have been made in Mulberry’s carbon-neutral factories in Somerset, and all leathers and suedes used are accredited by the Leather Working Group, the world’s leading certification for responsible leather manufacturing.
Thierry Andretta, Managing Director of Mulberry, added: “We are proud to reveal Nicholas Daley’s chapter in Mulberry Editions. Daley’s vision for modern British craftsmanship, his passion for musical culture, together with his commitment to sustainable craftsmanship that shares our Made to Last philosophy, make him a truly exciting creative partner for Mulberry.
To mark the launch, Daley and Mulberry produced a film featuring the bags during a live jazz session, with a specially written composition by Sons of Kemet frontman Shabaka Hutchings, accompanied by Grammy-nominated artist Lianne Havana. The film also spotlights other artists from Daley’s “creative community” including Daisy George, Jasmine Kayser and Shirley Tettah, as well as a horn section featuring Grifton Forbes-Amos, Elijah Clarke and David Laleye- Thomas.
The Mulberry x Nicholas Daley collection will launch in stores and on Mulberry.com on January 13. Prices range from £150 for the pick pouch to £1,795 for the oversized Antony.