The Somerset factories are the foundation on which the brand is built. Mulberry is committed to investing in British manufacturing and is dedicated to the continued nurturing of craftsmanship talent. In partnership with Bridgwater College, the Mulberry Apprenticeship Programme trains the next generation of craftspeople and manufacturing leaders.
Stitcher, Line 5
"It's nice to see the end product and think well I've put some of my work into that. It's a nice feeling to think "that's what I've made."
Skiver, Line 3
Stitcher, Line 3
"It's a great feeling to see somebody that you've taught go out on a line and produce excellent work, and enjoy what they do as well. It sort of rubs off on other people, doesn't it, if you're passionate about what you do."
Inker, Line 4
Cutter, Line 4
Cutter, Line 3
"It's probably more traditional than anything because I use quite an old press and I still use my Stanley knife quite a lot as well for hand cutting when I need to trim things off. The knives are quite old school as well. It is quite nice when you finish cutting a bag that you've done it through more traditional methods..."
Ben & Harrison
Product Development and Training
"I have a piece of paper with a drawing on it, and it's my job to turn that into a bag. I joined Mulberry through the apprenticeship scheme 5 years ago - the programme means the new skills are being passed to a younger generation." Ben
Handle Maker, Line 6
Brothers, Father and Son
"The balance between modern and traditional is something that we are very keen to keep, we understand that we need to introduce technology into the factories, however, this is a handcrafted bag and to take that away would be devaluing what we make." Pete
The Kingmans & Whitfields
Mother and Son, Mother and Daughter, Husband and Wife
"I have worked for Mulberry since June 1981. My eldest son has been here for 6 years, and his partner Sam also works here, and they've just had a baby 6 months ago. Sam's mum Viv works in development. It's nice that we are based in Somerset because the other factories were all closing so it's nice to think that hand crafting is still going on." Rachel
Natasha & Sinead
Mother and Daughter
Inkers, Line 2 and Line 6
"It definitely feels like a big family, everyone knows everyone - it's nice because if someone is down or having a bad day everyone is there for them. Same when something happy goes on, everyone is there. It's lovely really."
Apprentice, Line 1
Cutter, Line 3
Cutter, Line 2
"We're working with natural veg tanned so that's a very natural looking leather. Although you've got modern machinery, the way you're making the bag is still the traditional old style way. I take pride in what I do."
Inker, Product Development
Stitcher, Line 4
Product Development, Former Apprentice
"I started as an apprentice, you get to learn a variety of different jobs and you also get qualifications out of doing it as well as working at the same time, so to get English, Maths and an NVQ was a good thing for me."
Inker, Line 4
Apprentice, Line 3
Inker, Line 5
"I think the thing that people would find surprising is how many stages there are to produce a bag."