Mary Jardine is the founder, creator and designer of luxury British handbag/accessory brand – Jardine of London founded in 2014.
Mary was brought up in Gloucestershire but moved to Suffolk when she was married and lives there now and has 2 grown-up boys. On approaching her 50th birthday she decided she wanted a new challenge in her life.
With manufacturing in the UK declining in the fashion world, Mary felt the need to support British manufacturing. To that end, she felt determined to have her handbags all handcrafted in Britain.
2 years later – her bags can be seen in the newly £35M refurbished Fenwick store in the East. Exciting times ahead as Jardine of London jostles for position next to Mulberry, Aspinal of London, Vivienne Westwood and other luxury brands.
The ethos behind Jardine of London is very much having the products ‘Made in Britain’ supporting British manufacturing. All of the bags are handmade in England (just outside London) by a production team which is a family owned business in its 5th generation. The business started over a 100 years ago as a leather tannery business. Mary is proud that they now make her Jardine of London handbags/accessories in their factory. They pride themselves on high quality and wherever possible source the materials from the UK.?? The story behind Jardine of London is quite charming.
In 1981 Lady Jardine who was married to a Scottish Baronet – gifted a beautiful diamond brooch to Queen Elizabeth II. The brooch is called the Jardine Star Brooch. This brooch is an 8-pronged diamond star and is one of the Queen’s favourites. She wore it on her 90th Birthday and her Golden Jubilee celebration pageantry trip down the River Thames in 2012. This brooch was part of the ‘inspiration’ behind the brand. All Jardine of London products are lined with material printed with an array of stars similar to the Jardine Star brooch. The star is embossed onto the outside of our leather products.?? They have so far supplied bags to the following British actresses: Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Rosamund Pike, Kiera Knightley, and Emma Watson.?? They pride themselves on high quality and wherever they can use British materials for all of their luxury products. Mary’s style is designed for the discerning woman who wishes to have a luxurious product that is chic and stylish yet still practical, but will remain a classic in her wardrobe for years to come.
Mary’s first collections have all been inspired by memories of her leather music case as a child. She always wondered what it would be like to design a beautiful handbag with lovely clean lines incorporating the music bar. She has created two designs. One large ‘tote’ size bag which can fit an A4 size laptop in and the smaller cross-body version which can fit an iPad. The large size can be worn in the crook of the arm or on the shoulder whereas the smaller cross-body bag has delightful ‘clutch’ handles and a detachable strap. The latest ‘Queen’ collection is named in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday.
The Jardine of London brand has attracted customers from around the globe who enjoy the high quality of British craftsmanship and their story. They strongly believe that Jardine of London has the potential to become a global luxury brand competing with other well-known respected names.
This year saw Jardine of London stepping into the glamorous world of polo – with their own Ladies Charity polo team – in aid of Breast Cancer Haven. This event took place at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park and was a huge success for all involved. Jardine of London hope to continue to support various polo events in 2017, they feel that the synergy between the brand and polo sits perfectly.
In 2017 they will be introducing some small luxury items – these will include: a Leather Goodie Pouch, a Jardine of London key fob/handbag charm, a clutch bag. (There are plans for several other items too in the coming year.)
Jardine of London handbags can be purchased directly online Jardine of London or can be seen in the Fenwick Colchester store.
For further information – please email Mary Jardine