This season for our Autumn Winter Press Day, Creative Director Mariya Dykalo-Burton takes us back to a bygone era with distinct 14th Century influences. Inspired by the architecture of Hampton Court Palace in South West London, Aspinal have created this season's limited edition collection, 'Tudor Rose'. Mariya has created three exclusive bags to form this special and unique collection. Each bag has been named after Henry VIII wives; Anne Satchel, Catherine Bag and Jane Bag. The collection references gothic design and detailing, as well as using a mix of textures, from soft nubuck to quilted black nappa. The burnished gold studs and ornate metal work in conjunction with the leathers create a subtle elegance, giving a nod to British tradition and heritage in keeping with the Aspinal of London aesthetic.
The rest of the collection has also taken inspiration from Hampton Court Palace. Saffiano leathers are used for the first time in the monochrome story. Using black, brown and ivory leathers the bags have a strong fashion aesthetic whilst achieving a timeless luxury style. Once again the show-stopping Marylebone bag is at the centre of attention this Autumn/Winter. The monochrome story is an elegant and refined collection, with effortless contemporary style and quality.
Texture is also a theme continued through the collection with the embossed leather range. Inspired by the lavish tapestries of the Tudor period, these accessories exude understated charm and elegance. To bring an injection of colour; Aspinal have referenced the Tudor period theme and developed an exclusive exotic fire python range. This is used in key pieces like the Marylebone, Brook Street bag and Millie Clutch. Opulent python skins, which blend from moody blacks into rich oranges have been used to create these unique and desirable fashion pieces.
This season Mariya has taken the theme of the Tudor period and Hampton Court Palace as inspiration, creating a collection that not only celebrates our historical heritage but contemporary design today.