Aspinal of London is excited to announce the launch of #AspinalAppreciates, made up of a series of themes, starting with Learning New Skills. In aid of staying in and keeping busy, we have all taken on new hobbies and learned different skills in our homes, activities we may not have ordinarily had the time to do - #AspinalAppreciates Learning New Skills appreciates the small joys and simple pleasures in life.

Launching with a series of masterclasses, offering viewers an exclusive insight into the creative minds behind the brand. The schedule will kick off on the Aspinal Instagram account on the 14th May with the first masterclass taught by Giles Deacon, Design Director at Aspinal.

Please see the full Masterclass schedule below:

Illustrate with Giles Deacon

A self-confessed 'prolific illustrator', Giles' famous sketches have been published many times in the likes of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and LOVE magazine, plus were the basis for the first Giles x Aspinal collaboration collection. Viewers can listen to Giles talk through his passion while teaching the tricks and tips of how to recreate one of his incredible 'girls' illustrations at home.

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Bake Mayfair Biscuits with Baked by Steph

A delicious delight from one of fashion's favourite bakers Stephanie Giordano, also known as Baked by Steph. Steph is the craftswoman behind Aspinal's famous Mayfair biscuits created for the brand's LFW presentations, which you may recognise from Instagram. Steph will talk viewers through step by step how to create their own Mayfair biscuits at home using her bespoke recipe and method.

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Calligraphy with Keiko Shimoda

Viewers will be treated to the chance to learn how to create beautiful, script calligraphy writing using gel pens most will have around the home. Taught by Keiko Shimoda, a professional calligrapher with whom Aspinal works with on the brand's London Fashion Week invitations. Keiko has a wealth of interesting script writing experience, from fashion brands to film sets, and will be teaching viewers how to write 'Thank You', talking through the techniques and different pressure points involved in this art.

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Designing Handbags with Mariya Dykalo

A creative force behind the brand, Aspinal's Creative Director Mariya Dykalo gives viewers a behind the scenes insight into her world of colour and handbags. Mariya will teach viewers how to design the perfect handbag, from putting their idea on paper to talking through the importance of sketching, colour and proportions.


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Floral Arranging with Wild Wood London

A regular feature in the press, florist Wild Wood London specialises in beautiful floral installations. Wild Wood London owner Charlotte has grown the business from her love of flowers and will talk viewers through how to create a stunning vase arrangement at home. A much-needed mood booster, viewers will be given an insight into the craft behind arranging your own bunch of beautiful blooms, Charlotte will notify of what to prepare in advance of the masterclass.

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In a technology driven world, Aspinal has remained a champion of the traditional methods of craftsmanship used to create the brands luxury leather collections.

As well as craftsmanship through creating products, Aspinal has remained committed to the nostalgic ways of putting pen to paper, through note keeping and creative writing at home, having sold leather bound journals and fountain pens since the brand first began, which remain favourites to this day.

Watch out for our series of stories about each of the creative minds behind the masterclasses featuring a Q&A and a list of everything you need to prepare to take part in the masterclass ahead of time.