From one fashion capital to another, today we introduce a newly launched capsule collection: Giles x Aspinal. The esteemed luxury leather brand Aspinal of London is new to Barneys, and this playful collection is Exclusively Ours. For the capsule specifically, Aspinal of London tapped established illustrator and designer Giles Deacon as a collaborator, tasking him to see the quintessential English brand through his own eyes. The result is a whimsical collection of handbags and accessories that utilizes bright colors, beautiful shapes, and hand-drawn illustrations of fashionable girls.
We had the pleasure of meeting Deacon earlier in September at London Fashion Week, where he walked our team through the collection. “Mariya, the brand’s Creative Director, was a client of mine and thought it would be great to collaborate,” he explained while pointing to one of the bags. “The women you see in the illustrations are light and full of life.”
Both Giles Deacon’s namesake label and the Aspinal of London brand were launched in the early aughts, so certain synergies exist between the two British companies. Deacon is a successful couturier, and Aspinal of London’s bags are completely handcrafted in quality leather at a great price point. Deacon was inspired by the line’s classic travel silhouettes and happy to lend his creative flair.
On a recent trip to NYC, Mariya Dykalo got creative, too, styling the Giles x Aspinal collection in Barneys’ clothes. She says being at Barneys was the brand’s dream door, and her favorite pieces from the capsule include the Regent tote, designed with three girls; the elegant Hepburn bag in ivory; and the brown mini trunk with an embossed illustration.
“Working with Giles was a lot of fun,” says Dykalo, “He brought a new layer to the design team and process, as he is a very talented designer and illustrator. There’s something nostalgic and timeless about the vintage-inspired accessories we used, too.”
The Giles x Aspinal collection is now available at Barneys New York store locations and on Barneys.com. The charming leather bags and accessories could make a great holiday gift, and Dykalo notes that the Aspinal of London collection is for women at any age. “Our brand is for everyone, and mums and daughters can even shop together, too, which we just love.”