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A STROLL THROUGH THE MARK CROSS ARCHIVES

175 years, three bookmarks

Words by Bridget Barnett

Founded in 1845 and re-launched in 2011, quintessential American luxury lifestyle brand Mark Cross transitioned from a saddlemaker in 1845 to crafting covetable, vintage-inspired bags in 2020.

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As for the in-between? We look back through the archives at three of our favourite moments.

1. In 1921, American painter Gerald Murphy – later taking over Mark Cross in 1934 – moved to Cap d’Antibes, France, with his wife Sara. They became known for their opulent high society lifestyle, entertaining the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Cole Porter. Their lives were so extravagant that the duo was the real-life inspiration behind friend F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters Dick and Nicole Diver in the 1934 novel, Tender is the Night.


2. In the 1930s, Murphy worked with what became known as “America’s court jeweller”, Seaman Schepps, to create evening purses adorned with semi precious clips. The result was a completely new accessory that not only paved the way for merging categories, but for creating show-stopping accessories that doubled as art.

Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont in Rear Window
  1. Playing Lisa Carol Fremont in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 Rear Window, Grace Kelly was the epitome of mid-century elegance, showing off a classic black Mark Cross bag with her Edith Head ensemble, all while solving a murder mystery.
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The hallmarks of a Mark Cross bag have hardly changed since the 1920s — hard frames, strong silhouettes, 18-karat gold hardware and signature engraved closures. Shop Lane Crawford’s curated edit below.

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