The 18 pieces in Aspinal of London’s new Aerodrome collection that went in-store yesterday take visual inspiration and fine details from one of the most famous and historically significant pieces of British engineering: the Spitfire. Launched to coincide with the centenary of the RAF, the range has seen the luxury leather and accessories company work with model David Gandy. “There is no greater icon than the Spitfire,” says Gandy, “and the luggage is something of a tribute to probably the most beautiful and historic planes ever built, and the young pilots who flew these planes, to fight for our freedom.”
Most of the leather used in the designs is identical to the material in the traditional pilot’s flying jacket, much of it with a classic golden vegetable tan, while the locks on many of the pieces resemble the Spitfire MK1 firing button. The same design is also used to create a simple, graphic keyring (£60). The range includes passport covers (£75) in smooth tan or dark brown pebble; wallets (£95), also in dark brown pebble; zip washbags (£225) in navy or khaki canvas and contrasting leather; and a “24-hour mission bag” (£795). All of the items in Gandy’s range for Aspinal of London bear the distinctive Aerodrome K504 badge and insignia.
While the styling of the luggage is nostalgic and pays tribute to history, it is designed with contemporary needs in mind – with tech charging packs in the travel bags, and pockets sized to accommodate a range of electronic gadgets.