July 21 2011
He may no longer run the luxury house he started 40 years ago, but Mulberry founder Roger Saul remains passionate about British produce. He now runs an organic, sustainable farm, Sharpham Park, in Somerset. And, since since 2008, a shop has stocked the farm’s produce (including spelt bread and meat) at Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet. Also within the same complex is a café, a natural-health centre, some lovely gardens – and a Mulberry Factory Shop. So far so good, and certainly enough to attract a good many visitors, but on July 23 and 24 Kilver Court will ramp up the wow factor with a celebratory event to launch its all-new designer shopping emporium.
The attractions are manifold: discounts of up to 80 per cent on designer brands (such as Margaret Howell, Beatrix Ong, Miller Harris, Myla, Toast, MiH Jeans, Duchamp and Aubin & Wills); classic Italian food “with a Somerset twist” at Giuseppe Mascoli’s pop-up restaurant; upcycled furniture from Robert Mills and Saul’s Design; breads and patisserie by Sally Clarke; and plants for gardening enthusiasts.
As part of the Mulberry’s 40th-anniversary celebrations, its giant gold inflatable Bayswater bag (currently on a world tour) will stop off at Kilver Court, where visitors will be given miniature balloon versions of it and have the chance to win an Alexa bag (second picture), the design house’s new book and other Mulberry memorabilia.
Saul says, “We are about to embark on the journey to become the West Country’s premier shopping and event destination, all set within a sustainable development on a regenerated site.” And I might be about to embark on a journey to Somerset…