Roger Saul was born in Lottisham, Somerset and educated at Wells Cathedral School and then at Kingswood School in Bath. From there he gained a scholarship to study business at Westminster College in London but eschewed the conventional business management route beginning instead, as a trainee buyer for John Michael, the Carnaby Street guru of the late 60’s. It was here he got the taste for fashion that would forge his career.
Roger is best known for founding the iconic fashion brand Mulberry which he setup with his mother Joan in 1971.
During the 1980’s Mulberry went global, opening shops through Europe and Japan. In 1990, Roger launched the Mulberry Home collection which saw Mulberry awarded the Queens Award for Export for a second time, and Roger was voted British Classic Designer of the year in 1992. In 1996, Roger successfully floated the company on the stock exchange.
During the 33 years that Roger ran the business, Mulberry became one of the most successful British fashion brands and exporters in the world.
In 1996, Roger acquired Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet as the new Mulberry headquarters. In 2008 Roger restored and opened the Kilver Court gardens to the public, for the first time in their history. Known as ‘The secret garden of Somerset’ it has been featured on BBC Gardeners World .