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About Aspinal of London
Aspinal of London is a London designer, manufacturer and retailer of luxury leather goods and accessories for men and women based between London and West Sussex, United Kingdom. The company was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur Iain Burton, and initially began as the supplier of leather accessories and stationery to the gift shops of museums such as the National Gallery, the Louvre and the Vatican. Mariya Dykalo joined the business in 2006, Dykalo was promoted Head of Design and eventually Creative Director in 2014. The company grew into a consumer-facing brand with a distinct aesthetic and ethos, producing accessibly-priced hand-made leather accessories with a distinct British style.
In 2007, the brand launched its first handbag titled The Paris Bag. Aspinal also opened its first retail location in Selfridges London.
In 2010, the brand collaborated with British actress Elizabeth Hurley to create the ‘Elizabeth Hurley Bag’ in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For every purchase of the collaboration handbag, Aspinal donated £100 to the BCRF. In 2010, Aspinal opened the brand's first flagship store on Brook Street, Mayfair London.
Aspinal first ventured internationally in 2013, launching the Middle East with a franchise store in Kuwait, followed by two stores in Abu Dhabi. The brand's fourth Middle Eastern franchise store opened in the Dubai Mall in 2018.
In August 2020, the Aspinal's concession moved to a larger 1300 square foot double boutique within the newly developed Arcade, created to be the destination for luxury gifting within Harrods.
The Duchess of Cambridge first carried the Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair bag in 2013, and has since carried the bag on several occasions in both Black and Lilac colourways. Most recently in January 2020 during an official royal engagement in the city of Bradford, the Duchess of Cambridge paired the Midi Mayfair in Black croc with a khaki Alexander McQueen coat.
Aspinal of London Regent Street
In 2015, Aspinal of London collaborated with luxury womenswear brand Beulah to create an exclusive Beulah x Aspinal of London Clutch in support of the United Nations Blue Heart Campaign. For every purchase of the Beulah Clutch, Aspinal donated 25% of the profits to the UN Blue Heart Campaign. The Duchess of Cambridge has carried the Beulah x Aspinal of London Clutch on several occasions.
In 2016, Aspinal collaborated with Chinese actress and singer Yang Mi. launching a limited-edition collection of Trunk Clutch bags titled the ‘Yang Mi Bag’. The collaboration was in support of the One Foundation, a charity founded by Jet Li to promote the development of China's public welfare. For every Yang Mi bag sold, 900 RMB was donated to the One Foundation.
Aspinal of London collaborated with British actress Michelle Dockery in 2016, launching the Dockery bag.
Aspinal joined forces with British supermodel David Gandy in 2018 to launch a collaboration capsule which takes the Spitfires flown by RAF fighter pilots in WWII. Titled the Aerodrome collection, the capsule consisted of men's leather backpacks, business bags and travel accessories.
Giles Deacon first came on board to collaborate with Aspinal of London in 2018, launching the Giles x Aspinal collection of handbags featuring bespoke illustrations by Deacon. Following the success of the collaboration collection, Aspinal appointed Deacon as Design Director to work alongside Mariya Dykalo on shaping future collections for the brand.
2018 saw further international brand growth into the U.S. market, launching Aspinal's first wholesale partnership with Barneys New York. Further overseas growth followed within Europe with the launch of a successful 3-month pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
In November 2019, Aspinal of London opened its first store in Shanghai within L+; a mall in the Pudong financial district turned fashion hub. The Shanghai store is inspired by the UK flagship in London's Regent Street St James's, encapsulating Aspinal's English heritage brand signatures.
Aspinal is the sponsor of the Midhurst Town Cup polo competition, which is a local Polo match played at Cowdray Polo Club, the home of British Polo. Prior to her wedding, a Kate Middleton "Princess Catherine Engagement Doll" was sold, which came with a toy Aspinal bag as an accessory.
Ilkeston Factory Specs are authorised stockists of Aspinal eyewear and offer an affordable price on all our Aspinal designer glasses from our optical laboratory boutique store located at lower Bath street in Ilkeston Derbyshire (just down and the opposite side to Specsavers and Sumptons opticians.
Book a free appointment or attend store at your convenience to buy Aspinal glasses at better prices than high street opticians.