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This week we’re excited about Mimi Berry’s new A/W13 collection, which launched earlier this month. Fusing British understated cool with classic craftsmanship, 36-year-old Mimi’s handbags, luggage and travel accessories are a must-have for both men and women this season.

We don’t just love their trademark utilitarian style, but also how they’re made. The entire Mimi Berry range is crafted in the UK to support traditional British craftsmanship. The leathers are vegetable tanned with natural products instead of chemicals, but still come in rich, natural colours. Whether it’s a small card holder, a purse or a weekend man bag you’re after, you don’t have to compromise on style or your conscience.

Eric bag in dark olive green £195 and damson Chester tote £234

“It began with making bags for friends that would carry a pair of shoes for instance, or a bottle of champagne,” says Mimi. Having graduated in 2001 from Central St Martin where she studied fashion design, Mimi started making simple bags from Italian leathers which she sold at Spitalfields Market in east London, before selling wholesale to the lifestyle boutique, The Cross, in Holland Park as well as directly to clients.

In 2007, Mimi was commissioned by Tate Britain to design a unique collection of leather bags and accessories to be sold exclusively at Tate shops. The Mimi for Tate collaboration was so successful that the range continues, with new styles and colours launched seasonally.

Gracie purse in damson £91 and Gladys coin purse in dark olive green £83

Twelve years on from the launch of Mimi Berry, Mimi still emphasises the importance of using the best materials available, including as many natural fabrics as possible – UK cotton canvas, Italian leather and solid brass fittings. “Our styles always incorporate both classic and simple design elements,” she says, “which ensure they remain timeless and are therefore a great investment for those on the hunt for a beautiful bag.”

Mimi Berry’s bags and accessories are stocked in the US, Japan and across the UK, including in Toast, Anthropologie, Tate Modern, Fenwick of Bond Street, as well as in boutiques such as The Cross and online at www.mimiberry.co.uk.