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    36 Bruton Street Mayfair London W1J 6QX
    Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: Closed
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    • Switzerland
      • St. Moritz
        St. Moritz
        Chesa Murezzan, Via Serlas 35-37, 7500 St. Moritz
        Tel : + 41 (0)81 833 38 80
        Opening Times

        Monday - Saturday : 10am to 7pm
        Sunday: 2pm to 6pm

        For further information, please contact +41 79 9233772

         
      • Zurich
        Zurich
        Asprey London at QUAGLIA ZURICH, Weinplatz 3, 8001 Zurich
        Tel : +41 (0) 44 750 90 90
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        Monday - Friday : 10am to 6.30pm
        Saturday : 10am to 5pm
        Sunday : Closed

        For further information or to arrange a private appointment, please contact +41 79 923 3772

    • United Kingdom
      • London - Bruton Street
        London - Bruton Street
        36 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London
        W1J 6QX
        Tel : +44 (0)20 7493 6767
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        Monday - Saturday : 10am to 6pm
        Sunday : Closed

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      • London - The Peninsula
        London - The Peninsula
        1 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HJ
        Tel : +44 (0)20 7758 8888
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        Monday - Saturday : 10am to 6pm
        Sunday : Closed

        Please contact us on the number above if you would like to arrange a private appointment in the boutique.

         
    • United States
      • Beverly Hills
        Beverly Hills
        At The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
        Tel : +1 310 550 0520
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        Monday - Saturday : 10am to 6pm
        Sunday : By private appointment

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      • Miami
        Miami
        The Setai South Beach, 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach,FL 33139
        Tel : +1 305 509 9161
        Opening Times

        Monday - Saturday : 11am to 7pm
        Sunday : 12pm to 5pm

         
      • Southampton
        Southampton
        The Asprey Bar, 18 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
        Tel : +1 917 890 2423
        Opening Times :

        January 30 : 10am to 6pm
        January 31: Closed
        February 1 - 3 : 10am to 6pm
        February 4 : Closed
        February 5 - 7 : 10am to 6pm
        February 8 : Closed
        February 9 - 14 : 10am to 6pm
        February 15 & 16 : Closed
        February 17 - 19 : 10am to 6pm
        February 20 & 21 : Closed
        February 22 - 24 : 10am to 6pm
        February 25 & 26 : Closed
        February 27 - 29 : 10am to 6pm

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      • New York
        New York
        678 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10065
        Tel : +1 212 688 1811
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        Monday - Saturday : 10am to 6pm
        Sunday : Closed

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      • Palm Beach Season Residency
        Palm Beach Season Residency
        Asprey at the Colony Hotel, 55 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
        Tel : +1 561 665 1681
        Opening Times

        Monday - Friday : 10am to 6pm
        Saturday : 10am to 5pm
        Sunday : 12pm to 5pm

        Please visit us on the Mezzanine Level.

         
    • Japan
      • Osaka
        Osaka
        1F The Ritz Carlton Osaka, 2-5-25 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001
        Tel : +81 (6) 6346 1881
        Opening Times

        January 31 - February 5 : Closed
        February 6 onwards:
        Monday - Sunday : 10am - 7pm

         
      • Osaka - Osaka Takashmiaya
        Osaka - Osaka Takashmiaya
        Osaka Takashimaya, 5F 5-1-5 Namba
        Chuo-ku
        Osaka 542-8510
        Tel : +81 (6) 6633 8008
        Opening times from 21 February 2024

        Monday - Sunday : 10am to 8pm all days except 1 January

         
      • Tokyo - Shinjuku Takashmiaya
        Tokyo - Shinjuku Takashmiaya
        Shinjuku Takashimaya, 4F
        5-24-2 Sendagaya
        Shibuya-ku
        Tokyo
        151-8580
        Tel : +81 (3) 5361 1938
        Opening Times

        10.30am to 7.30pm all days except 1 January

         
      • Tokyo
        Tokyo
        Nihonbashi Takashimaya 2F, 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8265
        Tel : +81 (3) 6281 8271
        Opening Times

        10.30am to 7.30pm all days except 1 January

         
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Leather

Guide to Skins

EXOTIC LEATHERS

 

Crocodilian is a collective noun that covers both alligators and crocodiles. At Asprey we use Mississippi Alligators, Nile & Porossus Crocodile leathers.

 

Unquestionably the most precious and luxurious of leathers, these are also amongst the most beautiful. Valued for their rarity, technological developments over recent years have led to the creation of a variety of different finishes. Asprey still uses classic polished finish and matt finish, but we use many soft and shiny finishes as well as eye catching fusion colours, metallic and two-tone finishes.

 

These exotic skins are difficult to work, and Asprey’s craftsmen are the best and most experienced at working this unique leather. Asprey also works extensively with LIZARD leather (iguana) & PYTHON (molorus & reticulatus) leather.

 

SADDLE LEATHER

 

Saddle leather is a cow hide that has been tanned in a specific process in which both sides of the leather is infused with oils and finished with wax. This is a labour-intensive process and the special properties of our saddle leather reside in the choice of tanning agents used. In the purest tradition of vegetable tanneries, we mostly use mimosa, québracho and chestnut barks. Sustainable development is at the heart of these choices. A blend of traditional equipment and modern tooling means that our saddle hide is able to respect European environmental standards. Rightly considered a British tradition, this beautiful, hard-wearing leather has been produced by tanners and manufacturers for equestrian use for centuries. The beauty of this type of leather transfers exceptionally well to leather-goods. The vegetable tanning and natural dying processes make for the most distinctive appearance enhanced by stitching, edging and veining.

 

These are examples of the methods of working and constructing the leather employed by our craftspeople, that allows us to use this beautiful traditional leather to create such diversely substantial items such as briefcases & desk top sets as well as smooth supple wallets & passport covers.

 

SOFT GRAIN LEATHER & NUBUCK SOFT GRAIN LEATHER

 

The soft grain leather we use is full hide, selected from the best breeding areas in France and Europe. Soft grain leather is defined by being the hide of cow around a year to a year and a half. In order to emphasize the natural grain of the bull, the leather is tanned in a thickness of at least 2 mm. It creates a very traditional, comfortable and strong leather.

 

Mineral tanned and vegetable re-tanned, soft grain leather is resistant and smooth. Drum-dyed, the colours are rich, transparent and deep, making use of dyes selected for their richness and light fastness.

 

Steeped in animal and vegetable tanning liquors, the leather becomes soft and smooth. The finishing reveals the natural full grain. We use this wonderful leather with 2 distinctive finishes – natural grain and nubuck. Nubuck differs only in that the top surface of the leather has been removed to reveal an extraordinary velvety napped skin.

 

CALF LEATHER

 

Full-grain calf leather is one of the most valuable, beautiful, pleasingly tactile and durable materials.

 

Only the uppermost layer of the hide has the naturally smooth surface grain which we associate with fine calf leather, and the calf leather used by Asprey can only be achieved using the finest flawless hides with no scratches, marks or other imperfections.

 

Full-grain leather, like most of the finer things in life, improves with age, developing an increasingly attractive patina with repeated use and over time, transforming everyday accessories into things of lasting quality and real beauty.

 

INDEN CROSS HATCH LEATHER

 

The Cross-Hatch leather has been skilfully prepared for Asprey by an artisan tanner & printer in Japan. The Inden technique has been honed for more Than 400 years, since the establishment of the maker in 1582. The leather was originally used to make certain parts of Japanese samurai armour because of its unique softness & lightness paired with its flexibility & strength.

 

The leather has been processed and decorated using specialist techniques, originating and still being produced today only in Koshu, Japan. The leather Is tanned, dyed and silkscreened on site in individual panels. The smooth glossy surface texture is achieved by pressing a unique lacquer pattern by hand. This lacquer is derived from tree resin, made to a confidential formula.

 

The print design takes its inspiration from the Cross-Hatch pattern on the Asprey gift packaging.

 

SHARK SKIN LEATHER

 

Shark skin is an amazingly durable skin with a unique grain texture distinguished by a pattern of natural ripples. The softness & suppleness are truly exceptional & the resilience of shark skin ensures that it will last for many years, becoming more interesting and beautiful with use. It is a highly sought-after precious skin, a by-product from fishing villages and international cuisine. from non-endangered & non-threatened species, the shark skin used for leathergoods does not require Cites documentation.

 

HORSEHAIR FABRIC

 

Horsehair cloth is a wonderful traditional fabric, woven in England since the 18th century. It was originally woven from the tails of working Shire horses, which were cropped for safety. The horsehair was sourced from local working horses and cleansed in the village pond. The eventual replacement of horses by motorised vehicles has necessarily limited the amount of horsehair produced. Mounted onto a cotton warp, the fabric was initially woven by hand, although the process was mechanised in the 19th century, and now the horsehair is woven using the original looms and techniques of 125 years ago.

 

KIDSUEDE

 

Always aspiring to the ultimate luxurious material for the interior of our handbags and other products, kid suede is the only possible option.

 

Kid skin is a type of soft, fine leather that was traditionally used for gloves. The kid suede is created by removing the fine surface grain to reveal the softest part of the leather. The smaller the skins, the softer and finer the end result. The fibres of the kid suede will be of uniform length and densely packed together. This gives a resilience to the nap so that it does not show finger-marks. Mineral tanning produces a stunning array of breath-taking colours, and a final finish ensures the colour fastness.