A NEW DAWN
Meet Mulberry’s new star
It was a case of “good things come to those who wait” when the creative director position at Mulberry—iconic British luxury brand, maker of the ubiquitous Bayswater bag— remained vacant for two years. The long-awaited successor? Johnny Coca, the revered Spanish accessory designer whose CV includes major stints at Louis Vuitton and Céline. We caught up with Coca just hours after his debut fall collection to chat about his famous mentor, his fresh vision for the brand and what it takes to make women feel special.
What has been your approach to redefining Mulberry? “I wanted to bring something more modern, relevant and colourful. I’m trying to present something quite British in the attitude and trying to respect the country through all my designs.”
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about designing for women? “I was in a very feminine environment growing up, living with just my mother and sister. And when you don’t have much money, you take a piece of fabric and start stitching dresses for your sister. I became fascinated with making sure women looked elegant. You need to love women to design for them. If it’s not special, you haven’t tried.”
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences? “Working with [Céline creative director] Phoebe Philo. She taught me to be strong, to be proud of everything I do and to never compromise. She’s so talented and strong. It was such a pleasure to make sure she was happy.”