The Princess of Wales has long been enamored with glossy top handle bags — ladylike and lustrous bags have a special place on her shelf so it’s no surprise she’s devoted to her Aspinal London handbags.
The princess is especially partial to her beloved croc embossed bags courtesy of British luxury good designer and manufacturer Aspinal London. Founded in 2000, Aspinal London is an accessories supplier with a loyal following and a committed customer base. Celebrity fans include Florence Pugh, who carried the brand’s popular raffia Resort Bag in West Hollywood, Selena Gomez who toted the Mini Madison in New York City and Jessica Alba who wore the Midi Mayfair raffia and tan purse as a crossbody on vacation in Rome with her family.
Many movie stars are fans of Aspinal with the Midi Mayfair being one of the brand’s most popular styles — Jennifer Lopez owns the trendy top handle bag in shiny green croc, Olivia Palermo has the bag in ivory croc and Gigi Hadid carried the black version in New York in October 2021. Kate owns the bag in deep shine black croc and lilac.
Aspinal opened their first retail location at Selfridges in London and have expanded their store offerings in the UK, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Prior to launching Aspinal, the company provided leather goods to museum gift shops like the National Portrait Gallery, Louvre and the Vatican.
Princess Kate and her sister Pippa Middleton love the brand — the princess was first spotted at a countryside wedding carrying the Aspinal London Eaton Clutch with a chain. During the same time period, Kate’s younger sister Pippa also carried the croc clutch to social engagements and weddings.
Later, Kate would purchase a similar baguette style clutch called the Aspinal X Beulah Blue Heart Clutch in shiny black crocodile. The princess debuted this bag at a Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey in April 2017 alongside Prince Harry and Prince William. Kate would go on to carry the rectangular shaped clutch with a shield lock and chunky chain (which the princess removed) for three more royal engagements.
Today, Kate frequently steps out in the brands crocodile midi mayfair bags — the iconic bags have vintage styling with contemporary flair. Each bag is handcrafted from leather and has the brand’s signature shield lock on the exterior. In addition, the shiny statement bags can be monogrammed with engravings of initials, dates, characters or special messages. Plus, the brand now offers a collection of signature neck bows which wrap around the spine of the handle — thus, creating a charming and personalized statement handbag.
The English heritage brand has released a line of stunning new handbags including metallic tweed chain bags featuring woven tweed interlaced with metallic threads. A sturdy gold chain helps the style function as a durable crossbody or glamorous holiday handbag.
The brand is also offering a collection of new Midi Mayfair bags in ombre, netted dogtooth and shiny ivory. The Midi Mayfair 2 is available at a slightly higher price than the original and is available in four new styles.
A Midi featuring beaded birds hand embroidered on velvet is also bound to become a bestseller.
The gorgeous mini Mayfair in rose velvet (limited edition) also features an intricate hand-embroidered silk illustration of an English garden bird perched on delicate flora and fauna. The bag also boasts an ornate signature gold lion’s head on the handle.
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