SADDLE UP

Embodying the duality of city and country life, Aspinal of London’s Saddle Bag offers equestrian-inspired elegance

08 November, 2020

Travelling on horseback may have ceased as a common mode of transport a long time ago, but equestrian-inspired style has continued to endure as a fashionable look; transgressing trends to represent a timeless and sophisticated aesthetic.

Hand-crafted in Spain from the finest Italian leather, Aspinal of London’s Saddle Bag reinvents a traditional design with smart, contemporary details. The original purpose of the saddle bag was to enable horse riders to carry vital supplies on long journeys. Tied to saddles with straps, the bags needed to be durable and hardwearing, while not looking out of place when attached to the horse’s leather tack.

Combining practicality and style, Aspinal’s Saddle Bag features a compact horseshoe-shaped interior, lined in grosgrain, and is finished with the brand’s signature gold-tone buckle-push clasp. Made in textured black pebble leather, it features a small zipped compartment on the inside for keeping your most important items secure, and can be carried by the top handle as an evening bag, or worn over the shoulder – using the detachable cross-body strap – for a more relaxed look.

Founded in 2001, Aspinal of London started out as a supplier of bespoke leather stationery to museum gift shops. Embodying quintessential English flair, the brand is now world-renowned for its fashionable accessories and expertise in the art of gifting. The Saddle Bag can be personalised with initials added to the centre of the clasp to create a thoughtful gift, or to make it truly your own.

Saddle Bag in Black Pebble, £395, Aspinal of London

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