13 September 2012

AW12 at Thomas Lyte

As part of Fashion's Night Out, I was invited along to Thomas Lyte in the Burlington Arcade - quite possibly the quaintest parade of shops I have ever seen. Greeted with a glass of champagne, a rather tempting tray of cupcakes and rows of gorgeous leather bags - I knew I wasn't going to be leaving for a while.

The first bag I spotted was the Eliza Grained Leather Handbag, which I later found out is named after Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice - one of my favourite books. It was destiny, so of course, it was only right for me to try it for size. It is so well structured and has such luxurious textures; it's no wonder it's one of the brand's bestsellers. At £895, it's an investment but arguably, a very good one.

After a wander round the three decadent floors of hand-crafted Thomas Lyte leather, with a shopping list the length of my arm, my friend Charlotte and I sat down with Jio Suzanne Fish, a wonderful watercolour artist who painted an amazing portrait of the two of us, which now takes pride of place on my dressing table. Not only was this a good time to give our feet a rest (cobbled streets + Litas = not a great mix), but it also gave me a chance to brainstorm excuses to tell myself the shop assistant, when the day comes that I am able to buy the Men's Kenley Day Bag. It's on the men's floor but believe me ladies, when you see it and touch it, you'll want it too.

With every item traditionally hand-crafted in Britain, the Thomas Lyte bags are perfectly-formed and of beautiful quality, whilst the signature silver locks and quirky embossing add a real contempory twist. This year, the AW collection, made with the same care and precision as every season, exudes elegance and style. Come the winter months, one thing's for sure, I most definitely want to be a Thomas Lyte girl.

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