Walking into the Aspinal of London AW16 collection preview at Claridges, it’s easy to see why this brand is a firm favourite at MyBag HQ. The epitome of British elegance, the room is decorated with 1940s vintage furniture, sparkling chandeliers, fur rugs and ornate, gilt mirrors – truly celebrating everything that Aspinal of London, and their AW16 collection, stands for.
Each decoration has been carefully chosen, and each Aspinal of London handbag tells a story. From the tiny orange bowling bag inspired by the designer’s daughter, to the Aspinal of London x Emma J Shipley collaboration range adorned with images of the majestic horse Pegasus, each piece in the Aspinal of London AW16 collection has been lovingly created and meticulously thought out – this is a true labour of love.
Greeted with a glass of champagne – or an elderflower mocktail, for those on the clock – it’s time to mingle. The show space is warm, inviting, and – most importantly – full of beautiful Aspinal of London handbags, with each one being more adorable than the last. There are the classic shapes, of course – think the Marylebone Tote, and Lottie Letterbox Chain Bag – but also some new shapes this season, such as the Mini Dover Street Bag and the Pearl Bowling Bag.
It’s not only new shapes that are being introduced into Aspinal of London’s AW16 collection: there’s a novel, sumptuous colour palette, featuring rich navy, cornflower blues, candyfloss pinks and python greys. Aspinal of London handbags are adorned with pearls, snakeskin accents and printed feathers – this collection has an undeniable vintage feel. Even in such a lavish setting, the Aspinal of London handbags are the true stars of the show.