For a firm not yet 20 years old, Aspinal of London has a clever knack of creating leather goods with a distinctly British heritage feel. It has referenced London in its product names, taken inspiration from Agatha Christie and worked with personalities such as Downton Abbey actor Michelle Dockery. Now, a collaboration with long-established and highly regarded London embroiderer Hand & Lock sees four new hand-embroidered designs – two mini trunks and two micro hatbox bags – available to order only at the London flagship.
Aspinal worked with Hand & Lock on a charity auction last year, but this is a more ambitious project with complex designs. One is inspired by an antique tapestry; the other is decorated with stylised gold acanthus leaves and a Tudor-style rose motif taken from Aspinal’s classic Shield silk scarf. They are worked in a very textured way, using several embroidery techniques and silk and gold threads to create a 3D effect.
The ornate tapestry design has been interpreted in rich, antique-looking gold as the front panel on a navy mini trunk (£1,995), and on a micro hatbox in teal crocodile-print leather (£995). The bright-red Tudor rose, meanwhile, has been embroidered on a regal blue background for a red mini trunk (£895), and supersized on the front of another micro hatbox (£695).