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Nicholas Daley’s Mulberry collab grooves to the maverick sound of 60s jazz
By Ella Joyce | Fashion | 13 January 2022

In the latest instalment of Mulberry’s Editions series, the British house has called upon Nicholas Daley to take us back to the heydays of the 60s and 70s. Known for seeking inspiration from his dual Jamaican and Scottish heritage when designing for his namesake brand, this collaboration treads a familiar line as Daley places his core values of culture, craftsmanship and community at the fore to reinterpret Mulberry’s classic designs.

The London-based designer has music running through his veins and his collections, drawing from his parents’ club night – Reggae Klub – which travelled the length and breadth of Scotland in the late 70s, bringing jazz, reggae and rock ’n’ roll to all corners of the country. In a continuation of this personal exploration, Daley has led Mulberry into new riffs; not only reimagining the brand’s iconic Anthony unisex satchel in five exclusive designs but also accompanying his capsule with a collection of music-inspired accessories.

A sea of whipstitch, fringe and braided motifs in a succinct colour palette of navy, ochre and oak hark back to the sartorial aesthetic of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, while guitar and saxophone straps are rendered in plush suede. Elsewhere, plectrum cases and patchwork hats are reminiscent of leather goods from North Africa and the Caribbean. Daley said of his influence and connection to the house: “This range has been created with the musicians I’ve worked with in mind – almost like an accessories wardrobe for them to wear on stage. Collaborating with Mulberry has been such a privilege. I’ve always felt a strong sense of alignment with the brand’s support of British craftsmanship, as well as its stance on sustainability.” 

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The capsule’s accompanying campaign film builds on this sonic narrative, featuring an exclusive performance from Sons of Kemet frontman Shabaka Hutchings and British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas alongside talented members of London’s talent development charity Tomorrow Warrior displaying the pieces where they belong – centre-stage of a live jazz session.

Explore the collection here.

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