Chris Bracey’s God Save The Queen neon artwork at the Mulberry store
Yesterday marked the start of Hong Kong’s first ever Great Week of Creativity hosted by the British Consulate. This week long celebration of British fashion, luxury, design and craftsmanship has meant that countless of British designers have descended upon Hong Kong to celebrate. There is so much going on including the London Showrooms, which I plan to visit tomorrow.
The Brilliant Britain exhibition
But first up was the launch of the Mulberry’s Brilliant Britain exhibition, which is being shown for the first time outside the UK at their Harbour City store. Mulberry has always been associated with artistry and craftsmanship – it’s one of the few accessory brands whose bags are still made from start to finish at their Somerset factory – so it made sense that they would host this homage to Britain’s best artisans.
The making of the Del Rey bag
Don’t expect your usual fashion exhibition. Instead Mulberry has selected 12 British artists who excel in their own field. On display are collectable pieces of furniture designed by Simon Hasan made using a cool technique called Cuir Bouilli (boiled leather), as well as the bowler hats invented by London’s Lock & Co. I also loved the jewellery by Jaqueline Cullen who uses slabs of rock sourced from the Whitby Cliffs in Northern England. These are then transformed into a range of edgy pendants and earrings punctuated with gold and diamonds.
Bethan Laura wood jewellery
Naturally fashion plays a big part in the display, with a series of prototypes showcasing the step-by-step process behind the making of Mulberry’s now iconic Del Rey bag. I also loved the series on Eribe, a Scottish knitwear design house run by a bunch of adorable old ladies that also produce many of Mulberry’s knits.
Jacqueline Cullen’s amazing jewellery
Alongside each exhibit is an iPad playing a video interview with each artist talking about their inspirations and craft. Customers can also take home the accompanying Brilliant Britain Guide which was edited by Wallpaper journalist Henrietta Thomas (also the curator of the exhibition) detailing the work of these artists and much more.
Brilliant Britain is on until November 18 at Mulberry, Shop G302, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.mulberry.com