In the late 1800’s the house was acquired by Patrick Murphy who was instrumental in expanding the Mark Cross business and opened shops in New York, Boston, London, Paris, and Milan.
Expansion overseas translated to first-time access to luxuries yet unknown to the American market. Beyond leather goods, Murphy brought the finest china, crystal and other delights from abroad to the States.
In 1921 Patrick’s son, Gerald Murphy, and his wife Sara moved to Cap d’Antibes, France and established themselves in Villa America. They entertained many of the celebrated characters of the Lost Generation; Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, who were all enchanted by the Murphy’s bohemian way of life.