Behind The Laurel Lock

Behind The Laurel Lock

Introducing the MCM Laurel Lock collection: a series of elegant bags for the woman whose style is classically feminine, but with a contemporary edge.

Taking its name from the distinctive metallic closure at the core of its bags, the Laurel Lock collection nods to similar design motifs that adorned the bags we first produced when we burst onto the scene in 1970s Munich.

Here, we delve a little deeper into the Laurel Lock’s illustrious history, and discover the lock-adorned bags that’ll add understated glamour to your looks this season - and beyond.


The Inspirations

Like our instantly recognisable MCM iconography, the Laurel Lock closure is a signature design motif whose origins are rooted in the MCM archives and today remains as attractive, timeless and meaningful as the day it was created.

A laurel wreath wrapped in ribbon, the Laurel Lock motif nods to the Greek symbol for victory and achievement with honour while our Roman-inspired ‘MCM’ logo serves as a nod to the timeless elegance of neoclassical art and architecture.

Little wonder then, that when we first unveiled it in the ‘70s, the MCM Laurel quickly became a symbol for the people who carried it: global travellers famed not just for their sophistication and elegance, but for their spirited sense of adventure too.


The Collection

This season, we’re breathing new life into this time-honoured motif with a series of two distinctive styles - the Patricia and the Berlin - each featuring a stunning laurel-engraved 24-karat push-lock placed front and centre.

These bag styles have been restored from the MCM archives and given a fresh, bold attitude for AW17. Comprising luxurious linings and edgy metallic embellishments, they’re the perfect balance of classic and resolutely contemporary - for day, or night.

Of the several meticulous steps required to produce a Laurel Lock bag, the crowning of the closure itself is the one that demands the most precise and delicate handiwork. Thanks to our exacting German engineering however, the lock on each of our Laurel Lock bags can be easily unsnapped and re-secured with ease.

Discover the collection below:


The Patricia

(Pictured: @alexandralapp_)

With its chic satchel-inspired silhouette, the Patricia is a shoulder bag that embodies sophistication. (It’s also one of two styles currently available for customisation as part of our exclusive made-to-order service at the MCM x Isetan pop-up located at the department store’s Shinjuku outpost.)


The Berlin

(Pictured: @seooooyoon0821)

Inspired by our luggage line, the Berlin is one of the most laborious MCM bags to make. Bold and sturdily crafted, it was born to make a statement.

Discover the full collection here:



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