Shepton Mallet for Mulberry & Kilver Court
Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, expands its clothes retailing offering
Roger Saul (above with son Freddie), founder of British bags and fashion company Mulberry, has recently transformed Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet into a multi-attraction venue that includes a designer outlet and farm shop that sells his own Sharpham Park range of organic food. All adjacent to the Mulberry Factory Shop, I might add.
The clothes for sale in the outlet on our visit included labels Margaret Howell and Toast, and Lock and Co hats and some nice looking duffle coats from Pedlars.
After a tour of the shops, we ate well in the courtyard cafe, then strolled around the pretty gardens. Originally designed for the use of the workers at this former brewery, Kilver Court gardens are rather attractive in their own right.
Kilver Court is a small venue, but they haven't tried to cram too much in, so the space and relaxed ambiance is in welcome contrast to the frenetic nature and soullessness of designed-for-purpose mega-shopping "villages". We'll return.
Mullberry celebrating its 40th birthday
We had a look in at the Mulberry shop too. Mulberry is continuing to celebrate its 40th birthday, so there were handbag-shaped balloons (which the piglets loved), and some sort of nature theme with lots of little bird figures everywhere. The little birds were given out to customers (which young Mrs Tweed loved).
The cotton trousers I left with have a pinpoint Oxford look about them, stiff right now, but the cloth feels satin smooth. Excellent quality. I imagine they will soften up nicely. They are made in Portugal, which reminds me that we'll be covering a Portuguese favourite soon.