There are handbags, and then there are handbags. Can we be deeply sexist for a moment? Men are to cars what women are to handbags. Don’t be coy – you know what we’re talking about. And when it comes to handbags, Mark Cross is quite something else. In a different league. A code that only the initiated will understand, but understand they will.
Crafted in Italy, Mark Cross handbags have a vintage-inspired feel, with structured shapes reminiscent of the fifties and sixties. It’s a symphony of glossy gold hardware, smooth, luxury leather, gilded locks and expensively minimal branding. Yummy. And no, there’s absolutely no flashy splashy logos here. We love the boxy shape of the Grace shoulder bag, which was inspired by Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece, Rear Window.
As timeless as Mark Cross handbags may seem, modern styling updates a few of the classic shapes – in the form of gold stud embellishments, python accents and bi-tone finishes.
And super luxe though they may be, functional details such as detachable straps and zippered pockets mean that these are still handbags to be used every day – not kept in their tissue paper as collectables.
An historic leather brand established in the US in 1845, Mark Cross was revived as a high end accessories line in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Stocked in a handful of key retailers (Dover Street Market, Moda Operandi, Barneys etc.) has ensured that Mark Cross has retained is exclusive appeal. It’s the brand worn by the cognoscenti.
For more information and to find stockists, see the Mark Cross website.