A visit to Asprey’s flagship store in London’s Bond Street immediately gives the visitor a sense of heritage, reputation and authenticity. On-site workshops house the expert craftsmen who create objects for a discerning clientele to treasure always. Since 1781, these true masters of their art have been the creative soul of Asprey’s luxury goods.
Designers work with the best materials the world has to offer to ensure that Asprey creations are desirable and discreet, exclusive and unique. Products are built for a lifetime of pleasure; they are heirlooms of the future to be enjoyed for generations.
Asprey is subtle luxury, never overstated, and steeped in a strong heritage of charm and individuality. This is the Asprey spirit of invention and innovation, a celebration of unique character and a pioneering spirit.
The History of Asprey
The British standard since 1781, Asprey is renowned worldwide as makers of fine jewellery, china, leather, silver, watches, rare books, special commissions and items for the pleasure of giving.
Asprey was founded in South London by William Asprey, who established a silk printing business. William’s son Charles and his grandson, also Charles, expanded the business into the metallic arts. In 1841 the elder Charles went into partnership with a London stationer located on Bond Street. In 1847 the Asprey family broke with their partner and moved into 167 New Bond Street, the premises Asprey occupies today.
Asprey advertised “articles of exclusive design and superior quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment and to endow with richness and beauty the tables and homes of people of refinement and discernment.” An early speciality was dressing cases. Asprey not only made superlative traditional cases, they reconceived the category, creating new, more portable designs, especially in leather, suitable for the new style of travel ushered in by railways.
Asprey established its reputation as the premier maker of luxury goods by winning a gold medal for its dressing cases at the International Exhibition of 1862. In the same year Asprey was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. A royal warrant is a mark of the highest quality, awarded to select suppliers to the British royal family, and to this day it still holds a royal warrant from HRH the Prince of Wales.
This grand tradition of offering the best in craftsmanship, quality and design continues today at the Asprey workshops and around the globe as timeless treasures are created for the exclusive Asprey clientele.
Asprey is found in the most exclusive retail locations, in London, Miami, New York, Beverley Hills, Dubai, St Moritz and Tokyo. Elegant new Asprey designs represent a continuation of a great tradition, blending experience with a spirit of artistic adventure to take the craft forward.