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    Default British Handbag Designers

    Most of the bags on this section is US based, so I thought I'd give a bit of information on a few Brit designers.

    1) Asprey~ It's not as well known as say, Gucci but this brand has been around since 1781 in London. It holds several Royal Warrants from the British monarchy. Part of the reason why Asprey doesn't need to advertise is that it already has select clientele in the form of British and European aristocrats who can afford to drop 10 000 on one shopping trip Asprey produces leather items, jewellery, watches, home items etc

    Home | Asprey

    A few examples of its handbags:





    2) Anya Hindmarch~ She's well known over the world due to her 'I'm Not A Plastic Bag' but she has other handbags that are extremely well made, with quality leather and impeccable craftsmanship. In fact, my chic and elegant French friends say that, outside of France, Anya has the bags that embodies French grace

    Designer Handbags, Day Bags, Evening Bags & Handmade Handbags from Anya Hindmarch

    A few examples of her leather bags including the one from my lust list:



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    3) Smythson~ Another one of British designer stronghold. Established in 1887 at Bond St, London. The original store is still in use along with the flagship store opposite. Holder of 4 Royal Warrants, its clients include British and European monarchs and their families; and aristocrats around Europe.
    Smythson also produces leather items, stationary and house items.

    http://www.smythson.com/SmythsonSite...me/default.asp

    A few examples of its handbags:





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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    All of the handbag designs are gorgeous frbspa!!!

    But doesn't the first Asprey bag look a lot like the Hermes Birkin In any case, it looks beautiful in the exotic skin.

    I also read an article that said Brad Pitt and A. Jolie design jewelry pieces for Asprey
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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    That's what I thought too! But since I have no idea when Asprey came up with that design (Hermes first did the Birkin in the 80's I think), no clue who copied who. I much prefer the Kelly design over Birkin, maybe due to Grace Kelly's style and elegance

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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    I agree, Asprey bag looks like the Hermes Birkin.
    These bags are quite similar!!
    Asprey.

    Hermes.


    Anyway, all the bags look cute!
    Thanks for sharing frbspa

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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    AWESOME POST! I'd love to know which came first!

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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    Wouldn't it be amazing if the Birkin was a "knock-off"???

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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    ^^ I did a bit of research and found out the Asprey bag is called 'The 1781' which was launched a few years back to commemorate their anniversary or something. The design is based on an old travelling bag in the 19th century. Couldn't find picture of the old bag to see how similar the design is to the Birkin. If it is, probably means Asprey was first to make that design
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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    Either way they are both stunning!
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    frbspa!
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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    We posted like the same thing at the same time. Weird...

    Quote Originally Posted by estefany View Post
    Either way they are both stunning!
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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    lol.

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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    I love the tan one from Anya Hindmarch. I also love the white one under it, I just don't like how the name looks on the bottom.

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    Default Re: British Handbag Designers

    Thanks everyone!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FedUp View Post
    I also read an article that said Brad Pitt and A. Jolie design jewelry pieces for Asprey
    Yeah, it's limited edition and proceeds go to several charities that Brad Pitt and Angelina chose.
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