I used to live just off Brick Lane and as anyone who’s into their fashion will know, it’s a haven for new designers, jaw-dropping vintage and the odd crackhead. But I’m not here to talk to you about crackheads, I’m here to introduce you to Mimi!
(Handy Pelham in tan, Mimi Berry, £262)
Mimi Berry is a St. Martins Graduate so that alone should give you an indication as to the standard of her products, but let me give you a bit of a run-down. Starting out in 2001, Mimi set up camp on Cheshire Street, bringing fine leather bags and purses to those of us who had only ever known a cheapo Topshop special.
Now re-housed in Bethnal Green, the Mimi name is rapidly spreading and since 2007 she has produced bags for the Tate and is now stocked in Anthropologie and Toast. This is a far cry from when I first found her, still relatively unknown on the Brick Lane backstreets. You had to ring a buzzer just to enter the shop!
(Medium Musette in black, Mimi Berry, £185)
My favourite then and now is the medium Musette. Quality italian leather combined with excellent brass fittings make for an expensive-looking bag which certainly competes with the big name brands such as Ally Capellino. I think they’re probably nicer anyway!
(Classic large Bond in red, Mimi Berry, £80)
I also love this Bond wallet in red. It looks like something Mulberry would produce (but at the fraction of the cost!) and doubles up nicely as a clutch. Stylish and multi-functional – what more could you want? If you like what you see, get yourself down to Mimi to check out the diverse women’s (and mens) options. You will never be hankering for good quality leather again!
Visit the Mimi Shop at Unit 1, 7 Winkley Street, London, E2 6PY