Aspinal of London A/W 2012

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Aspinal of London Shop in Mayfair, to a preview of their new Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. As much as I am a lover of modern simple leather bags, I do have a weakness for traditional heritage brands such as Aspinal of London. They encapsulate tradition with modern finishing touches such as rose gold and leopard print pony skin, and much like Mulberry, have designed a range of bags named after their style muses. Their current named addition is the ‘Mollie’ Satchel which is a modern design of a traditional satchel, perfect for the classic preppy look. As well as their classic range of bags, they also create exquisite clutch and evening bags. I saw the Swarovski encrusted Clutch in Purple sea-snake and in Gold Sea-Snake, beautifully crafted classic evening bags.

I have a huge soft spot for leopard print at the moment so the computer bag below made me weak at the knees. Some pony skin is rough and prickly but this pony skin is soft, smooth and luxurious, and finished perfectly with gold zips and the iconic Aspinal padlock. As well as leopard print, stingray leather is a new favourite of mine (mainly Alexander Wang’s stingray shoes), with its intricate bubbly print made into a Box Clutch and matching cuff. It was sat in a glass case, rather than out on a shelf, which makes it one of the most expensive bags and therefore, by law, the most desirable for me. The stingray cuff will definitely be going on my birthday list – unique and minimal. Aspinal sell a range of cuffs which I could see myself wearing every single one – they’re all so pretty. Have a look here to see the range, starting from £65.

The Leopard Print Pony Skin Computer Bag, new for A/W 2012

Stingray Clutch & Cuff A/W 2012

Manhattan Clutch in Python and Black Sequins – A/W 2012

Swarovski Clutches with Chain £695

Classic Travel Wallet in Lizard & Cream Suede £99

Leather iPad Sleeve £125

The newly launching ‘Mollie’ Satchel Autumn/Winter 2012

The ‘Mollie’ Satchel in Smooth Cappuccino £450

Leather iPhone Sleeve – Prices start from £45

Savoy Jewellery Case £375

Ophelia Hobo Bag £595

The ‘Mollie’ Satchel, new for A/W 2012

The ‘Manhattan’ Clutch in Python Skin, new for A/W 2012

The Box Clutch in Stingray Leather A/W 2012

Macarons served with Elderflower Presse

I was so kindly looked after at Aspinal, aswell as being treated to seeing their new collection for Autumn/Winter 2012. The shop was scented with the most delicious candles, which for me, adds all the more luxury (I’m easily pleased) to their perfectly preserved Grade II listed boutique. Leather goods, in Mayfair, on a warm Summers day with Macarons and elderflower presse…what more can a girl ask for.

Thank you Aspinal of London and Emma at Front Row for the very special preview treat!

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