I’m an Editor Who Loves Handbags—This Is the Brand I Always Recommend

Timeless, elegant and beautifully made, Aspinal of London’s handbags are in a league of their own. As a self-proclaimed handbag expert with over 30 bags in my collection, it takes a lot to turn my head, but Aspinal’s bags make the cut every time. With each new collection, the thoughtful nature of each design is clear and present, with exquisite craftspersonship a key and defining feature. And unsurprisingly, the new collection for autumn 2023 is a real standout. 

For the new season, Aspinal has once again offered up a sleek collection that is perfectly placed for the transitional period. Each year, autumn calls for a shift in textures and fabrics, as leather and knitwear re-enter our daily outfit rotations, making the new woven-leather styles particularly fitting. Aspinal has reimagined iconic designs with three weave patterns; square, diagonal and houndstooth, alongside the sleek pebble leather. Each are handwoven by skilled artisans, adding a distinct and elevated feel to the much-loved silhouettes. 

In the collection there are carry-all London Totes that will become your new work companions for their space and sleek design, set to carry all your work essentials and complement your elevated office looks. For those looking for a more compact silhouette, there’s a smaller size that retains the same sleek nature in a more refined shape for everyday use.

For relaxed weekends, running errands or dashing out for coffee, the Hobo Bag offers a softer shape and relaxed feel with the high-end look of all of Aspinal’s pieces. For on the go, a hands-free crossbody in the form of The Camera Bag is always my go-to, and for autumn the addition of woven fabrics will add a point of contrast to all your outfits. Finally, we look to evening, as clutch bags have returned to prominence, and as ever, Aspinal has its finger on the pulse. The Evening Clutch features diagonal weaving and comes in two sizes, allowing you to find the perfect one for you.

Ready to explore Aspinal’s autumn collection? Me too, so let’s dive in. 

A compact tote for all your daily essentials, the Midi London Tote is the perfect everyday bag. 

It has short handles for easy carrying as well as a crossbody strap for a hands-free way to wear.

You’ll find that this sleek bag pairs with everything in your wardrobe. 

With a central zip pocket and slip pockets, your essentials will be easy to find. 

A larger size than it’s midi counterpart, I’ve pegged this one as the ultimate work handbag. 

With a central zip pocket and plenty of storage around the sides, you’ll be able to keep your valuables close to hand. 

The side profile of the bag shows off the iconic “A” charm. 

I haven’t stopped thinking about this colourway since I first saw it. 

An elevated bohemian silhouette, the Hobo bag is crafted from the finest full-grain leather with complementary gold hardware.

Personalise the bag by adding initials to the strap side. 

The length of the handle can be adjusted at the sides. 

A sleek crossbody bag will work hard forever. 

The woven leather feels fitting for every single season. 

There’s something about tan leather that feels so elevated. 

Clutch bags have made a return to the runways, and I have my eye on this one. 

Phone, keys, cards and more, this clutch is surprisingly roomy. 

This sleek clutch also comes in a larger, oversized style still fits snugly under the arm. 

With party season on the horizon, this is a solid investment. 

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