Historic Clients

For more than 225 years, Asprey has established an enviable clientele, supplying the world's greatest known figures with items to treasure.

Customer's Bill in 1881

1860's

During the 1860's Asprey was privileged to receive patronage from Queen Victoria, which was passed on to her son King Edward VII, both of whom awarded Asprey with Royal warrants.

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubliee

1920's & 1930's

During the 20's Asprey's clientele became more international with American J.Pierpont Morgan ordering all his dressing cases, and Pulitzer listed as major clients.

By the 1920's Queen Mary frequented the store and could be seen by buying her Christmas presents at 167 New Bond Street.

The 1930's saw Asprey’s reputation as the leading luxury house reach new heights, spreading into the furthest corners of the Empire and counted the Maharajah of Patiala and Cooch Behar, the Gaekwar of Baroda and the Sultan of Lahore as great supporters of the brand.

Interior of the store in 1934

The Maharajah of Patiala

1930, Mr F.P. Threadgill, a former employee:

"The Maharajah of Patiala was in Haymarket Hotel. Through Asprey's, we were given the commission to make huge teak trunks, one each for each of his five wives. Each trunk was fitted with solid silver washing and bathing utensils - bowls, wash basins, hand-basins, soap boxes, soap dishes, tooth-brush holders. The bottles for pouring hot water had spouts with tigers' heads. We had to work overtime on it, it was a terrific job."

The Maharajah of Patiala

1940's & 1950's

The 40's saw Haile Selassie, the exiled Emperor of Ethiopia and King Haakon of Norway introduced to the brand which they continued to support for many years.

During the 50's Asprey's reputation had spread to the Middle East and The Prince Regent of Iraq and the Shah of Iran and became loyal patrons.

The Asprey Store in 1947

Emperor Haile Selassie

Emperor Haile Selassie was exilled from Ethiopia by the Italians and lived at Browns Hotel in London during his exile. With its close proximity to Asprey, Selassie became a good client.

On Emperor Haile Selassie's return to Ethiopia he invited Asprey to exhibit it’s products and later awarded them with a royal warrant.

Asprey products on display in Ethiopia