Mark W. Cross & Co. was established in Boston in 1845 by Henry W. Cross, affectionately naming the company after his only son. Cross founded his company on a simple passion: To create the finest leather goods for the horse and buggy rider. After the founder’s passing, the brand was acquired by Patrick Murphy.
In 1921, Patrick’s son, Gerald Murphy, moved to Paris, France, then decamped south to Cap d’Antibes and set up house in Villa America where they entertained many of the celebrated characters of the Lost Generation: Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter (a friend from Murphy’s Yale days) and the Fitzgeralds all fell under the couple's charm.
Most recently, in 2011 Mark Cross was resurrected and now produces pieces in the same factories in Italy as the celebrated originals. The aesthetic of the current collection is inspired by the vintage archives, which have been translated into a modern vision. The collections are inspired by the brand’s rich heritage, dedication to fine craftsmanship and use of the finest leathers in the world, devoid of excess hardware and logos.