When I saw Aspinal of London on the Fashion Week schedule, I was very excited to see what they had in store for the season. This British accessories brand is well known for their beautiful handbags and small leather goods. They also just appointed haute couture designer extraordinaire, Giles Deacon as design director at the end of last year. Giles is a top British designer, lending his incredible eye to the classic Aspinal of London style.
I made my way past Trafalgar Square and The National Portrait Gallery to their Regent Street St. James store. I was greeted with a glass of champagne, along with a parade of Giles’ sketches in the Queen’s Guards uniforms. The boutique was brimming with lovely flowers that complimented the colours and embroidery of the purses. The autumn colour palette featured Evergreen, Bordeaux, Orange, Blue, Ivory, Mustard, Navy and Tan.
Creative Director Mariya Dykalo and Giles Deacon were joined by a crowd of the who’s who of the London fashion scene including Olivia Palermo, Daisy Lowe and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.
This season, Aspinal of London was inspired by all things quintessentially British. The key stories were equestrian culture of the countryside and the masterpieces in the Wallace Collection featuring all the flowers. There are so many styles and unique shapes in the collection. Each piece feels luxurious and is rich in craftsmanship. I loved the circular hat boxes and structured shapes. The faux croc leather was so spectacular in person, I definitely thought it was real!
Giles’ sketches of the ‘Aspinal Girls’ adorned many of the items in the store. The pretty and playful drawings offer a fresh and colourful touch to the classic pieces. If you’re not in the UK to visit this lovely boutique, pop by their website to take a peek at the Spring collection.
“The Aspinal Girl, the Giles Girl – they’re out and about, they like the countryside, they like the town, they like fashion. They like a bit of whimsy and quintessential English playfulness.” – Giles Deacon
Thank you to the Aspinal of London team for hosting me.
Images courtesy of the brand