In 1856, chemist William Perkin set out to develop a drug that would cure malaria. Instead he created a new color that would revolutionize the fashion and dyeing industries forever. Until the 1850s, cloth was dyed using plant materials, yet the colors were often dull and faded easily. While attempting to create a malaria cure, Perkin accidentally made a purple substance that dyed silk permanently. Recognizing an opportunity he patented the process and set up a dye factory in London. Within five years, Perkin had amassed a fortune, as mauve became the most fashionable color in Victorian Britain.
Our Mauve Saddle Bag celebrates this triumph of chemistry and fashion. Recalling British equestrian style the bag is crafted from genuine leather in the same hue that created such a frenzy so long ago. The outer flap opens to reveal an exterior pocket, an interior zippered pouch and two sleeves. Two straps are included”” a shorter one for over the shoulder and a longer one for cross-body wear. The creation of mauve is just the type of story Stauer loves. Carry your bag and revel in one of history's happiest experiments gone wrong!