It was love at first sight when I came across the Mark Cross Grace Trunk Bag. The handbag is designed in a classic vintage meets trendy style, with a retro-cool vibe. Inspired by the brands rich heritage, the label was resurrected in 2011 to transform their classic styles into modern day everyday handbags. The best-selling Grace handbag collection, named after Grace Kelly, was produced with a dedication to fine craftsmanship and effortless elegance.
The American luxury brand Mark W. Cross & Company, was founded in 1845 in Boston Massachusetts, and at the time specialized in carriage saddles and harnesses. Then in 1934 when the namesake designer Mark Cross passed away, the reins went to Gerald Murphy. Seeing potential in the booming handbag market, and following the lead of other handbag designer at the time, such as Whiting & Davis, and Louis Vuitton, Gerald Murphy took Mark Cross to the next level. The brand expanded its offerings to include luggage, day purses, cigarette cases, and even jeweled evening bags which were made in collaboration with superb luxury brand Seamen Schepps.
After moving into the handbag industry, the designer brand was an instant hit! Gracing the arms of celebrities of the day, and even appearing in blockbuster hits. The bag that I find myself most draw to is this Mark Cross ‘Grace’ Bag, which is inspired by the Mark Cross overnight luggage bag used by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film ‘Rear Window.’
The Mark Cross Grace handbag is available in a wide variety of materials, sizes, and colors. Prices range from $1,995 to $2,495 for calf leather, while calf-hair and python retail from $3,095 to $4,000.