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Aspinal of London AW16 Collection

Aspinal of London Reveals Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection

Aspinal take a retrospective look at bygone eras of classic vintage styling and true elegance, whilst drawing inspiration from the brand’s artisanal heritage and also celebrating the most enduring and ever-alluring object of beauty-the pearl


Aspinal of London was originally established to supply British artisan-made leather stationary and accessories to the world’s finest museums, galleries and cultural institutions, such as The Louvre, The Vatican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum and The National Gallery. This season, Aspinal remains true to its artisanal roots of making handcrafted quality leather goods with a distinctive British style, drawing inspiration from the ages of elegance whilst also looking towards the future.

Building on the brand’s iconic heritage styles The Marylebone, The Brook Street and The Mayfair, Aspinal has created complimentary new bags to add to the core collection; The Pearl Bowling Bag and The Editor’s Bag are reflective of a refined English sensibility, practical and are designed and made to be loved for a lifetime.

From Vermeer’s famous depiction of “Girl With A Pearl Earring” through to contemporary fashion, the pearl has long been a symbol of elegant perfection. Aspinal follows a journey through many decades as this timeless gem is reinterpreted in the new Pearl Collection, combining allusions of the Art Deco era with a more modern take on vintage sophistication, whilst the 1940s and 1950s provide inspiration for the new Editor’s Tote and Mayfair Collection.

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Senses are awakened to rich textures and contrasts throughout the new collections, from luxurious furry softness to crisp croc printed leathers, pearl detailing with high-shine polish leather to magical blasts of colour.

The colour palette is grounded in oh-so-feminine chanterelle and luxe forget-me-not with dashes of dusky pink and the palette is given extra depth with rich bordeaux, navy blue moon and black.
Textural depth is expressed in contrasting pebbled, smooth and polished leathers. Luxurious highlights include croc printed leather, frosted hardware and pearl detailing. Tactility and luxury are watchwords throughout.

Drawing inspiration from the 1940s and inspired by women working in fashion, from Diana Vreeland through to Alexandra Shulman, our creative Director Mariya Dykalo has created the ever so chic yet practical Editor’s Tote, with its feminine design and sleek simple lines. This key style makes an elegant and essential addition to the workwear wardrobe of the modern woman. The forward-thinking smart tote also takes wearable tech to the next level. As good-looking as it is clever, the tech-enabled tote features Aspinal’s inbuilt mobile phone charging function and the new Aspinal Tracking Tile, which allows you to track your bag via your mobile (or other devices such as iPad, PC etc.), ensuring you will never lose your bag whilst on the go or on your travels.

ASPINAL PEARL BOWLING BAG
Lovingly adorned with delicate pearl detailing, the bag offers two chic sizes and an elegant shape, ensuring that The Pearl Bowling Bag will provide the ideal everyday companion to your off-duty wardrobe. Constructed from soft black or chanterelle leather, both large and small sizes come with an optional leather shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.

PEGASUS CAPSULE COLLECTION
Aspinal of London has joined forces with award-winning graphic artist Emma Shipley to create a capsule collection of bags and scarves that also celebrates the pearl and looks forward to the future. Taking inspiration from Aspinal’s iconic feather symbol, Shipley has created a magical Pegasus figure, ethereal and resplendent in pearl white. Hand-drawn pearly constellations, planets, galaxies and shooting stars surround this mythological creature which is digitally printed onto key bag silhouettes and beautiful silk, twill and cashmere blend scarves. “I’m a huge fan of Aspinal of London and the collaboration is an exciting opportunity to translate my detailed pencil illustrations onto bags, using the most beautiful craftsmanship,” explains Shipley. Ten bag styles are available in magical golden tones or midnight pearly hues, along with four scarf designs available in dusty rose, strong magenta and bold monochrome.

PEGASUS SHOULDER BAG
The new Pegasus Shoulder Bag gives a lesson in timeless charm with its chic black design and intricately designed gold clasp. Its petite structure and clean lines offer a sophisticated style, making it the perfect accompaniment to work, weekend and evening wardrobes alike.

REGENT TOTE
Refresh your city-shopper wardrobe with the clean-lined Regent Tote. Beautifully fashioned in croc and smooth leathers, this structured design opens to a suede-lined interior with a linked pouch, perfectly fusing form and function. Deliberately and delightfully simple, The Regent Tote is roomy in size and can be worn over the shoulder.

DOVER STREET BAG
Created in both large and small sizes, The Dover Street Bag has a streamlined and refined boxy silhouette. Accented with a chunky detachable strap and lady-like top handle, this bag comes in blue moon, forget-me-not and chanterelle colourways, the latter including natural python additions.
This compact style will fit your daily essentials, whilst the larger version is spacious enough to carry A4 documents.

LARGE LOTTIE BAG
Super-sophisticated and very gown up, this season the well-loved Lottie Bag goes supersized. New colourways of dusky pink and chanterelle are added to this already bestselling shoulder bag.

OXFORD RUCKSACK
Boost your accessories collection with Aspinal’s new totally practical and versatile rucksack. This chic rucksack boasts a buckle lock and is tailored with a top handle for carrying and has a selection of roomy external pockets.

MINISCULE IS MORE!
Create the maximum statement with Aspinal’s new range of mini bags!

MINI MAYFAIR
The iconic Mayfair Bag is scaled-down to micro proportions and ornately decorated with Aspinal’s shield lock clasp and gold finish hardware. This gorgeously precious bag oozes chic.

MINI SADDLE BAG
Issuing more key classics in delectable doll-size versions, the best-selling Saddle Bag shrinks to fit this season while retaining its classic equestrian style. With a soft leather finish and signature letterbox lock, this incredibly useful and smart cross-body bag will put a fabulous accent on every outfit.

SAFIYA BAG
Finally, Aspinal introduce the new and utterly cute Safiya Bag for Autumn Winter. Use it as a make-up case and pop it in your Aspinal Bag, or take it out on its own, just for essentials. A neat and sweet Aspinal companion that will always make you smile. If you love classic, feminine designs, you are bound to fall for this cutie!


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