Fashion darling Cara Delevingne isn’t telling you how to wear her new Mulberry bag.
Cara Delevingne and her namesake Mulberry bag.
It was a bit of a coup when the Brit-cool brand Mulberry recently opened its first Las Vegas boutique, in The Forum Shops at Caesars. The line with one of fashion’s most devoted followings chose Vegas as the city in which to debut its new store design (think English country house, with hand-carved untreated oak shelving and Somerset limestone laid out like parquet flooring). Vegas-exclusive pieces, such as a sumptuous black suede clutch and four classic black dresses studded with glass crystals, made the arrival even more special.
Now Vegas holiday shoppers looking for something exceptional will also find model Cara Delevingne’s own Mulberry collaboration bag in the boutique, as if to perfectly cap the celebration. The quilted leather Cara is a distinctly Mulberry design with a youthful functionality that mirrors its creator’s own style.
Mulberry’s Las Vegas boutique, the first store to feature the company’s new interior design.
“Mulberry is such an iconic brand,” says the 22-year-old model. “It’s one of those brands that everyone needs a little bit of in their wardrobe.” Her partnership with Mulberry came about naturally, during a shoot for the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, photographed by Tim Walker. “We were having lunch and just began chatting about design and what would make the perfect bag, and it went from there,” Delevingne explains. “I like to work with companies that I have a connection with, and having shot several campaigns with Mulberry, I knew the brand well. My first-ever handbag was a Mulberry Edie. It had a guitar strap which I was obsessed with, but, of course, my most treasured pieces are now the Cara Delevingne bags.”
Company’s new interior design; Delevingne dives into the production process; the final result.
Delevingne’s fingerprints are all over the Cara. The luxurious Nappa leather variety (the purse also comes in haircalf and natural leather) mimics the Mulberry motorcycle jacket that has become her staple, while its ability to be carried on the back, on the shoulder, or in the hand makes it perfectly suited to her lifestyle—peripatetic and unfussy. “I had loads of ideas,” she says, “but the biggest challenge was to create a bag that could keep up with me. I am always on the move!” Inside each bag is a tiny lion rivet and a heart-shaped patch, inspired by her well-known tattoos. “I wanted to design a bag that was so versatile it would fit in with everything I did and wherever I went.”
Delevingne, who had previously designed a capsule collection for DKNY, took to her new role naturally. “The whole process was amazing,” she says. “First I visited Mulberry’s London headquarters to establish the fundamental shape and style that I wanted. After only an hour, we had a sketch for the design mapped out.”
The Cara Delevingne bag in green quilted Nappa ($1,990).
In keeping with the rebellious nature for which her legion of fans adores her, Delevingne has no interest in dictating how her creation should be styled: “I wear mine with all sorts of outfits. The black and khaki models in particular work with anything. There are no rules with the Cara Delevingne bag.” The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-382-0496