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Mulberry’s first 100% sustainable leather bag is a chic tote

Good deeds are undoubtedly contagious, and so is the case for the positive efforts in saving our planet. Mulberry is the latest to join in on the many brands that are working to neutralise their carbon footprint by launching its first 100% sustainable leather bag: the unisex Portobello Tote.


It features a soft structure with loop handles resembling a supermarket plastic bag — a silhouette that has been coming back on trend in recent seasons, but also a clever take on an item that is known for being disposable and damaging to the planet. “Our starting point was the ultimate everyday item, the plastic bag — functional, but throwaway,” explained creative director Johnny Coca. “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.”

Made entirely at the brand’s factories in Somerset, UK, the Portobello Tote is created using heavy grain leather from gold standard tanneries (rated by Leather Working Group), all produced using by-products of food production. The bags are then stitched together using recycled Epic EcoVerde thread, adorned with an embossed Mulberry logo for minimal elegance.

Other than classic colours of black and chestnut, as well as seasonal hues including tangerine orange and nordic blue, the brand has also introduced, for the first time, Mulberry Green (online exclusive) to the sustainable leather range. This emblematic colour is now the brand’s signature shade, which is a symbol to its continuous commitment to eco-friendly and responsible production. Each bag also comes with a shoulder strap, so you can wear it anyway you please.

In case you needed more incentive than the sophisticated design, carbon-neutral production and eco-friendly leather, 100% of profits from the sale of the bag will go towards international conversation charity World Land Trust, which works to protect and conserve threatened habitats and endangered wildlife around the world.

The Portobello Tote is priced at HK$8,900 each, and is now available at select Mulberry stores (exclusively at Hong Kong’s K11 Musea, for everyone in Greater China) and online.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.