NYC, USA, 1845-present
Founder: Henry W. Cross.
One of the oldest and most prestigious domestic leather companies that in 1954 was immortalized in the American pop culture by appearing in the hand of a Grace Kelly’s character in the Alfred Hitchcock film, “Rear Window,” when she tucked her lingerie into it. In the 1950s-1960s, the brand enjoyed truly a phenomenal success by becoming the It brand among rich and famous for their classic alligator satchels. In 1960, it was acquired by brothers George and Edward Wasserberger; and later, in the early 1990s, by the Sarah Lee conglomerate. The brand has resurfaced just recently, in about 2010, with a wonderfully updated, vibrant collection of their classic high-end handbags and leather accessories. They can be purchased nationwide at Barneys New York, and luxury boutiques worldwide (in UK, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, and South Korea).
Website at www.markcross1845.com.
Signature: Mark Cross.
Illustration: Mark Cross handbags ad, Town & Country 1944.
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