Quintessential Aspinal | St James's London


Quintessential Aspinal

To truly know Londons leather goods experts, one needs only venture through these doors

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Step inside Aspinal of London on Regent Street St James's and it's as if you've been magically transported to the Cotswolds home of your most fabulous friend. The flagship store from the English lifestyle brand famed for it's leather bags, wallets and purses opened late last year, with award-winning agency Caulder Moore behind the interior design. It brings together the talents of some of the country's finest craftspeople under the same roof. You get an instant feel for the luxe Aspinal spirit in every detail, which deftly combines the warmth and comfort of said English country home with the contemporary elegance of a grand London townhouse.

Not been yet? Make sure you check out the statement brass screen entryway with a pattern inspired by the English countryside on the way in. This sets the tone nicely and is echoed by moulded woodland animals inside, and foliage which winds its way from room to room. The impressive hallway features a sweeping rich oak staircase, enormous sparkling chandelier, panelled wall hung with paintings and a grand fireplace, one of four that appear in the store.

The ground floor is divided into the four distinct areas, a double-height drawing room, ultra-feminine boudoir, clubby billiards room and a library/bar where purchases are personalised and paid for. The signature leather handbags, purses, business bags, travel holdalls and colourful accessories and gifts which Aspinal is renowned for are displayed temptingly throughout and there are exclusive-to-the-flagship one-off designs.

Upstairs is the members room. Wonderfully theres no lengthy waiting list or complicated nomination process in order to become a member. All customers are welcome to relax on the jewel-coloured seating in the spacious and sumptuous room, whether waiting for purchases to be personalised downstairs, or having a one-to-one to discuss individual needs.

With an AW18 collection inspired by that most majestic of creatures, the lion, and a host of new bags including the retro-style Mollie satchel, mini and micro-sized hat box bags and the just-big-enough Blogger bag, the truly unique Aspinal flagship store should be top of your must-visit list this season. While you are there, also be sure to check out the hot collaboration with acclaimed designer Giles Deacon, who brings his couture elements to a playful and inspired new collection.