Discover Aspinal of London

Guest Edit - Adrian Clark


"It is almost impossible for me to express how important Christmas is to me. It marks an end to the year and an opportunity to start afresh for the next. A time for reflection and sobriety. I am not very religious, although I don't believe that matters, as the warmth and celebration and coming together with the ones that you love, I believe is its own sort of faith. My Christmases are usually very traditional, and nothing gets me as excited as dressing the tree."

1. My mum is a lady, and has very discerning taste. For her I would snap up a 'fire' python shoulder bag. What I love about this bag is that it is elegant and sophisticated but with a cheeky edge, which perfectly sums up her personality.

2. Mandy, my grooming editor, would really rock this Monochrome Saffiano Iris Cuff Bracelet. Her dress sense is impeccable and precise but very paired down, and therefore really gets the philosophy of a statement making accessory to do the work for you.

3. The smooth chocolate hide leather and stone suede Vintage Satchel Briefcase, would be my first choice to satisfy the husband, Thanos. Having just started a new job, nothing impresses an office quicker than arriving on your first day with a bag that can create workplace envy. The idea it also offers protection to a 15" laptop is also a plus, as every piece of technology he touches is destined for a short shelf-life.

4. My anglophile soul mate, Paul, who lives in New York - although he is actually British - travels executive club class more often than Joan Collins. I can't think of anyone who would therefore deserve a purple croc and cream suede American Travel Collection, than a high-flying TV exec who channels a lifestyle that died along with Richard Burton.

5. The smooth cognac calf and espresso suede personalised Leather Billfold Wallet, would be the perfect gift for my publisher, Darren, in the hope that he would insist such a handsome object should have as many public appearances as possible, especially when it comes to budgeting my department each season. I would obviously get it personalised with his initials, as every bit of flattery helps.

While I would rarely condone shopping under one roof for Christmas gifts - part of the fun of giving surely is the ritual of foraging around the high street hopping from one to the other - however out of sheer convenience, Aspinal of London really does have the job pretty much covered!! From luxurious novelties to investment essentials, every budget and taste is catered for and peace of mind for you that everything you buy sets a precedent in premium quality.


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