Grace Kelly put Mark Cross leather goods in the spotlight when she carried a specially created overnight case in the 1954 movie "Rear Window". Max Holzman designed this overnight case for Mark Cross Company. When the Sara Lee Corporation bought the Mark Cross Company in the early 90's the company tried to bring the Mark Cross Company back to life by recreating some of the box purses from the Grace Kelly era. Also Barbara Bolan was commissioned to design some softer shaped handbags to appeal to the younger generation. But unfortunately none of these new ideas helped and the remaining seven stores were closed in 1998. This is a VERY RARE Mark Cross Inc. recreation of the famous case that Grace carried in the movie. The cases were sold in colors of black, red and brown.

Few films so lavishly celebrate style as "Rear Window," in which Grace Kelly, as socialite Lisa Fremont, arrives at the apartment of her boyfriend -- played by Jimmy Stewart -- with a lacey negligee and slippers in an elegant Mark Cross Overnight Case. The audience knew the precise brand of her valise because she announced it in the film.

 

1845

The company was founded in 1845 in Boston as a carriage saddle and harness carrier. After its namesake’s death, Patrick Murphy continued the business. His son Gerald would take over the brand in 1934, but only after a storybook life abroad .After marrying an heiress (as one does), he moved to Paris with his new wife. There the couple spent time in Villa America entertaining legendary literary, musical, and art figures like Cole Porter, the Fitzgeralds, and, Hemingway and Picasso. The Murphys famously coined the phrase “Living well is the best revenge,” which eventually became the title of a Calvin Tomkins book. The pair also frequently traveled to the South of France to work on their paintings (and sun tans, we presume). Once Gerald took the reigns at Mark Cross, the brand increased its offerings to luggage, cigarette cases, and evening bags.

August, 1997

Mark Cross, the 152-year-old luxury leather goods company is being closed only four years after it was purchased by Sara Lee Corp. and six months after the company had been put up for sale but found no buyer. The name, however, is being retained. "Naturally I feel sad because of the effort that has gone into building the Mark Cross brand," said Lew Frankfort, CEO of Mark Cross as well as leather goods maker Coach, another Sara Lee-owned brand. "We'll be phasing the business out over the next six months." Frankfort said the future of each of the six

2011

"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. Every move made on the creative side of product development is geared toward attempting to incorporate the unique aspects of Mark Cross for today’s world. The collections are inspired by the archives of decades ago. The Grace Box bag, for example, was originally created by Gerald Murphy for Grace Kelly's role in Rear Window. Today’s Grace Box bag, a version inspired by the original, is part of the core collection and is one of the brand’s best sellers. Women collect it in the colors of the season. The Mark Cross Men’s collection, introduced in Spring 2014, combines vintage luxury with a new vision of sleek sophistication. The aesthetic of the Men’s collection is also rooted in the brand’s rich heritage and several designs are inspired by the archives. Both the Women’s and Men’s collections are identifiable as Mark Cross, 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. Customers know a Mark Cross product when they see one"! 

 

 

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A unique and rare Mark Cross Country handbag from the 90's. This gem is covered with rich thick black-pebbled leather with an easy access pocket on the front. The large flap is smooth thick leather. Two seperate zippered compartments makes this handbag ideal for travel, so much storage. The interiors are very different from most of the Mark Cross handbags, this handbag interiors are not lined with genuine leather they are lined with Scottish plaid wool. The front compartment has two small black leather open pockets the back compartment has zippered sidewall pocket. The long leather strap is adjustable. A VERY USEFUL UNIQUE HANDBAG!

Measures 9" W x 7" H

Mint Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-1

$145.00

 

 

 

 

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Another vintage class act handbag designed by Mark Cross. A wedge shape tote using rich black pebbled leather. A long slash pocker is deigned into the front for added storage with an emboosed Mark Cross logo. The strong leather strap is adjustable. the interior is lined with blsack butter soft genuine leather with a zippered sidewall pocket. PURE CLASSIC RETRO!

Measures 11" W x 8" H

Mint Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-2

$125.00

 

 

 


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A very unique 90's sling handbag by Mark Cross. The sling is constructed using butter soft olive green Italian leather with panels of olive green micro-fiber. The single wide strap is adjustable. The backside has an easy access zippered entry. The interior is lined with butter soft dark brown genuine leather. This bag is still resting in its original sleeper bag. Made in New York. SO UNIQUE and QUALITY ALL THE WAY!

Measures 6.5" W x 12" H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-3

$115.00

 

 

 

 

2014 "Mark Cross" Derek Lam Large Tote $3,495.00

 

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This VERY RARE vintage 80's large "Mark Cross" tote is a work of art. Quality inside and out with an abundance of storage pockets. The Italian leather is double stitched for years of wear. The shoulder length handles are accented with brass Mark Cross logos along with the brass rivets. On both sides are contoured storage slash pockets lined with sand-colored genuine suede. The large interior is also lined in suede with huge storage compartments on each suede of the brass zippered middle pocket. Stamped “made in Italy”. There is also a brass zippered sidewall pocket. The Epitome of a CLASSY QUALITY TOTE and a STUNNING TIME TRAVELER!

Measures 16" W x 11" H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-4

$325.00

 

 

 

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An 80's “BASIC STYLE” is synonymous with this iconic design by Mark Cross". Smooth glove-tanned black leather with an adjustable shoulder strap with a large brass oval stamped with the Mark Cross logo. The front has a storage slash pocket. The interior is lined with soft tan genuine suede with a zippered sidewall pocket. The interior tag reads, "Mark Cross, New York". The Mark Cross brand was known for perfect workmanship and timeless style. It was America's Hermès, America's Gucci RUNWAY CHIC!

Measures 9" W x 6" H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-5

$125.00

 

 

 

 

The New York's Fifth Avenue 1951

 

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December 1951 Luggage & Leather Goods, page 40, MILTON J. KRISTT wrote” UNDOUBTEDLY one of the most famous names in luggage and leather goods is Mark Cross—a name, steeped in a tradition of quality and elegance in leather for well over a hundred years, which proudly adorns one of the most extraordinary establishments selling to those who love fine things. Located in that section of New York's Fifth Avenue known as the "Fabulous Fifties,' the Mark Cross shop caters to the whims of a discriminating public and its famous crest, embossed or engraved on everything that crosses its counters, is known throughout the world.

Astonishing RARE "MARK CROSS" handbag from the 50's. and what a treasure to find. Thick quality deep chocolate-brown leather handbag with a unique file folder flap. The front is adorned with two gold metal tiger heads holding a thick gold metal chain. The interior is lined with glove soft dark brown genuine leather with two open slash pockets and a zippered sidewall pocket. WHAT A KEEPSAKE RETRO BAG!

Measures 11" W x 8" H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-6

$275.00

 

 

 

 

 

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An adorable small vintage red leather shaped duffel handbag by Mark Cross. The red leather has a pebble texture and the thin 80's style strap is cross the body European length. The front has a large Mark Cross brass logo. The interior is lined with black genuine leather with a zippered sidewall pocket. There is a serial number underneath the interior flap logo 110 102052-36K. Made in Italy. CLASSY VINTAGE!

Measures 7 W x 6 H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-7

$95.00

 

Mark Cross Magazine ad 1982

 

 

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I believe this swank VERY RARE black leather Mark Cross handbag is from the late 1970's dating the handbag by the snap and logo. The logo has only the Lion's head on the flap and not the Mark Cross name added. The strap is designed to slip to the length you want all the way to a cross the body length. The strap can also be removed to carry this handbag like a clutch. The interior is lined with tan glove soft suede with a zippered sidewall pocket. Traveling through time this handbag is still very stately and the leather is pristine. Mde in Italy. POSH RUNWAY CHIC!

Measures 9.5" W x 7" H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-8

$145.00

 

 

 

Maerk Cross magazine ad 1946

 

 

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Another coveted handbag by Mark Cross, this honey-coloreds petite tan saddlebag shaped leather handbag. This handbag looks like the handbag was designed this year and not in the late 1980’s. The long leather strap is adjustable. The hardware is brass and two embossed with the iconic Mark Cross logos are on the front flap and on the inside. There is a long slash pocket on the back for added storage. The interior is lined with tan genuine suede with a zippered sidewall pocket and a front storage compartment. Made in New York. A CLASSIC BEAUTY!

Measures 7" W x 7" H

Excellent Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-9

$115.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Rich dark chocolate creamy soft Italian glove leather "Noah" shoulder purse by "Mark Cross". This is the leather drawstring bag inspired by the feedbags used by the grooms at Longchamp racetrack. Robert Benchley, who had one of the first models, called it a 'Noah" bag because you could put everything in it you would need on the ark, and the name stuck. Mark Cross was a luxury leather goods purveyor, based in New York, date founded in 1845 in New York. The clean lines and classic simplicity distinguished the original Mark Cross bags. Grace Kelly carried several of Mark Cross designs. This Noah has an adjustable shoulder strap and the interior is lined in dasrk brown genuine glove leather with a zippered sidewall pocket. The gold metal tag inside reads "Mark Cross, New York". The Noakj looks new and still restd in its oribianl sleeper bag. PURE CLASSIC ELEGANCE!

Measures 8" W x 11" H

Mint Condition

Item# MARK-CROSS-10

$145.00

 

 

 

 

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