Mulberry bags are made in the United Kingdom. Specifically, only 50% of Mulberry bags are made in the United Kingdom, shared among the two factories in Somerset. While the remaining 50% is shared among China, Spain, Turkey, and Italy.
Mulberry is a British luxury fashion brand and the largest manufacturer of luxury leather goods in the United Kingdom. It was founded in the year 1971 by Roger Saul and his mother Joan. The inclusion of Emma Hill as a Creative Director in 2007, and the collaboration of the brands with personalities like Alexa Chung, Lana Del Ray, and Cara Delavigne brought forth the brand into the limelight.
Mulberry was the first fashion brand to create the first UK bag with the iconic Bayswater. Currently, Mulberry is one of the most popular and respected designer handbags in the UK, and the Bayswater is one of the most requested bags.
However, unlike Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada, Mulberry is an entry-level luxury bag. Despite the fact that is fairly new in the market, counterfeiters didn’t give it time to settle before coming up with counterfeit versions.
Here, I will be showing you effective ways how to authenticate a Mulberry bag.
5 Ways To Tell If A Mulberry Bag Is Original
- Hardware should be stamped
- Check out the place of production
- The leather and lining must be durable and sturdy
- The stitching and edging should be straight and even
- The heat stamping and metal disc should feature the tree logo
Hardware Should be Stamped
All the hardware parts are duly stamped in an original Mulberry bag. Its buckles are stamped and the font must be consistent with that of the bag’s branding. The Mulberry handbag branding stamp should be thick, straight, and even. In a counterfeit bag, the font branding is always thinner and rough.
Also, the rivets and other round small hardware are stamped with the Mulberry tree logo. The tree logo stamp on the round small hardware should be consistent with that of the inner metal disc tree logo stamp.
Mulberry mostly makes use of two brands of zips, which are – branded zips and the RiRi zip brand. For authentication, always check underneath a Mulberry zip, it should either feature the Mulberry tree logo or read RiRi.
For the Mulberry Bayswater (the most Mulberry requested bag style), flat head screws are used to secure the back of the front plate. In fake Mulberry Bayswater, the screws used are cheap, and most times don’t look qualitative.
Check out the Place of Production
Formerly, Mulberry produces all of its leather products in the UK but this isn’t so now. Due to the fact that the Mulberry Factory in the UK is running at full capacity, Mulberry has outsourced some of the production to China, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. Currently, the factory in England produces 50% of the brand’s products, while 50% are produced in the remaining countries.
The Leather and Lining must be Durable and Sturdy
Mulberry bags are made from grained thick calf leather that gives it a structured and quality feel. The lining isn’t a good premise for authentication as not all Mulberry bags are lined and the lining does vary from one style to another.
Examining the quality of the material used for the lining is a better ground for authentication because counterfeit Mulberry bags can’t afford to make their lining look classic and even.
The Stitching and Edging Should be Straight and Even
All Mulberry bags are stitched, and the stitches are straight and even. In most fake handbags, the stitching is often thick, messy, and uneven.
Also, the edging of the handles should be neat and consistent throughout the bag, if you notice that there are irregularities in the edging, the bag may be a counterfeit one.
The Heat Stamping and Metal Disc Should Feature the Tree Logo
All Mulberry bags come with a leather tab and an attached metal disc that is heat-stamped with its logo (for the leather tab) and engraved with the Mulberry tree (metal disc).
The heat stamp is situated at the center of the leather, while in most counterfeit bags, you will notice that the heat stamp is done off-center showing irregularities in the stamping.
Also, the metal disc features a serial number located underneath the disc. However, some older bags may not feature a serial number. You should note that all modern or newer Mulberry bags must feature a serial number stamped underneath the metal disc.
Are Some Mulberry Bags Made in China?
Today, only half of the Mulberry bags are produced in England. The other 50% is shared between China, Italy, Turkey, and Spain. All newer Mulberry bags features a tag showing either a “Made in England” “Made in China”, “Made in Turkey” or “Made in Spain” tag inside a newer Mulberry bag.
How Many Mulberry Factories Are In The UK
The two British factories – ‘The Rookery’ in Chilcompton (established in 1989) and ‘The Willows’ in Bridgewater (established in 2013) produces 50% of the Mulberry products in the UK.
Is Mulberry Made in Spain?
Mulberry has factories in Italy, Spain, China, and Turkey that produces some of its products. So it is normal you say a Mulberry bag with the tag “Made in Spain.”
Which Mulberry Bags Are Made in Somerset?
Somerset contains the two factories that produce Mulberry bags. The Zipped Bayswater is the best-selling Mulberry bag and is produced by either of the two factories. The Zipped Bayswater is made from the iconic Bayswater
Is Mulberry High End?
Compared to a great brand like Louis Vuitton, Mulberry is a niche luxury brand. In terms of the rate of counterfeits, they aren’t at the same stage. Also going for the newer models of the Mulberry bags reduces your risk of being deceived by a counterfeit product.
Are Mulberry Bags Leather?
All Mulberry bags are made from grained, thick calf leather that is responsible for the durable, structured, and sturdy appearance of the bag. Also, the lining is done of leather. But not all Mulberry bags are lined and the lining varies from each model.
Is Mulberry Cheaper At Heathrow?
Mulberry has its distinctive outlets stores at the Terminal 3, 4, and 5 at the Heathrow Airport which offers Mulberry products at less than £100 compared to those gotten from the city of London. One good thing is that the products are all authentic.
Who Is Mulberry Owned By?
In July 2017, Mulberry became a joint venture by signing a deal with Onward Global Fashion in Japan. It was renamed Mulberry Japan, with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
In February 2020, 12.4% share of the Mulberry company was bought by Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group which at that time was worth about £19 million
What Is The Best Selling Mulberry Bag?
The five best Mulberry selling handbags of all time include:
- The Mulberry Bayswater – This is the best-selling Mulberry bag of all time. It is regarded as the quintessence of Mulberry
- Mulberry Belted Bayswater
- The Mulberry Antony Family
- The Mulberry Lily Family
- The Mulberry Small Darley
Mulberry is an entry-level fashion brand, as such, it isn’t expensive as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. After checking the country tag to confirm the country the bag came from, ensure you examine the bag properly to ascertain that it is an original one.