To commemorate the launch of Mulberry’s Spring/Summer 18 collection during London Fashion Week, the lifestyle brand – which has two factories in Somerset and is a leading manufacturer of luxury leathergoods in the UK – took over Spencer House in the capital to host ‘Beyond Heritage’.
This was the theme of a series of presentations and workshops held over the weekend of Saturday February 17 and Sunday February 18. Centred on Mulberry collaborators that have ‘a shared passion for craft, fashion and quality’, the public events featured key appearances from Spode’s Blue Italian collection. The design, which marked its 200th anniversary in 2016, features a finely detailed 18th century and Imari Oriental border encompassing an Italian countryside scene in shades of cobalt blue.
The initiative included bespoke Spode workshops which gave an insight into the intricate copper plate engraving process founded by Josiah Spode, and hands-on involvement with the modern method of print transfer, lithography.
Guests who attended the Mulberry catwalk show on Friday February 16 were able to sample the Blue Italian collection for themselves, as bespoke cocktails and refreshments were served on key pieces from the range.
Portmeirion Group sales and marketing director Phil Atherton said: “The partnership was a fantastic opportunity for Spode. Seeing two great British brands unite to celebrate the best of British heritage was incredible. We are extremely proud of Spode’s strong legacy and very much enjoyed seeing our iconic Blue Italian design sit beside one of Britain’s leading lifestyle brands.”
Spode was founded by Josiah Spode in 1770 and positioned itself at the forefront of the ceramics industry with the introduction of under-glaze blue transfer printing. It was acquired by Portmeirion Group in 2009. Spode’s products continue to be designed at its birthplace of Stoke-on-Trent.
Refreshments were served on key pieces from Spode’s Blue Italian collection after the Mulberry catwalk show during London Fashion Week