“ Brand: Aspinal of London / Type: Clutch „
I was given my Aspinal of London Sofia Clutch Zip Wallet for my birthday two years ago. It was actually a gift I suggested as I already owned an Aspinal bag and wanted a purse to match. As the brand is rather pricy I felt it was too indulgent to buy one myself.
- Aspinal of London -
This is a designer brand that pride themselves on delivering products that are of the best quality and design but at an affordable price. They sell a wide range of leather goods such as handbags, purses, wallets, diaries, jewellery boxes, photo albums, and vanity cases. They also have some non-leather items such as pens, jewellery, scarves, cufflinks and glass wear. They have collections for men, women and the home. Celebrity fans include Mollie King, Caggie Dunlop, Amanda Holden, Millie Mackintosh, Fearne Cotton and Arlene Phillips.
- The Purse -
The purse measures approximately 20cm x 10cm and is around 2cm thick. The purse I have is navy blue patent leather but it is also available in red, black or purple patent and cappuccino, spring blush, butterscotch or black smooth leather. The leather is calf leather with my patent version being very soft and shiny. It is also practical as it wipes clean easily. There is a tiny gold-coloured metal Aspinal of London badge on the front of the purse which is not too showy but does add a nice designer touch. On the back of the purse there is an open pocket which is perfect for storing a couple of business cards. There is a gold zip that runs along three sides of the purse and has a pendant attached displaying the Aspinal brand name. It looks expensive but isn't over the top.
When you open the purse you instantly notice the contrasting cream suede lining. I think each different coloured purse may have a different coloured lining that compliments that particular colour. There is also a blue leather badge with 'Aspinal of London England Fine Leather' written in gold. In the middle of the purse there is a zip up coin section which is a very decent size. Attached to the zip is a small Aspinal pendant. Either side of this is a loose space where anything could be stored. I keep notes on one side and stamps and receipts on the other. Then along one side of the purse are six slots for cards. Behind this is another lose section where I keep the cards I use less frequently. On the other side of the purse is a large loose pocket where I keep my vouchers. The inside of the purse is very well laid out and is very spacious so it accommodates everything you might wish to keep in your purse. The purse looks sophisticated, classic and expensive. Even though I have the Barbarella bag which has its own matching purse, I chose the Sofia because I thought the design was simpler and less bulky looking.
- Presentation Box -
My purse came in a beautiful blue and gold Aspinal box and was also wrapped in tissue. I love designer touches like this and it also helps preserve the purse if I wish to store it away.
- Everyday Use -
I have used this purse continuously for two years now and I find it very easy and practical to use. The zip works perfectly and the different pockets and sections inside the purse are perfect sizes and well laid out. It couldn't be simpler.
- Wear and Tear -
This purse has had a lot of use and still looks in great condition. The only signs of wear are minor scratches on the metal details on the outside of the purse, which is probably my fault as I am not especially careful about keeping the purse away from my keys. The suede lining doesn't look quite as good as it did new mainly because of the light cream cover. Overall the purse still looks great and I think I will get a couple more years use out of it.
- Price and Availability -
The purse is available from the Aspinal of London website or one of their stores or concessions. It is priced at £110 which is obviously a lot of money for a purse but the quality is very high. Postage costs just under £5. There was a promotion on the website when my purse was ordered so I received a free handbag hook with Swarovski crystal detail worth £25.
- Would I Recommend? -
If you are looking for a designer purse and want something of exceptional quality and a classic, sophisticated design then this could be the purse for you. The price is high but you aren't simply paying for a label but a beautiful, practical, well made and durable purse.