On the 16th of January, 2015, I travelled to London to visit the Osprey London Flagship store and had tea and cake with their absolutely lovely PR girl, Rebecca who, as a representative of the company, really portrays the friendly and relaxed vibe of the store. Also, in case you’re wondering, I had cinnamon cake and tea with two sugars in their adorable china cups.
Osprey London is a designer leather company, starting with Graeme Ellisdon and a pocket filled with £500 and an idea. He started with belts and moved on from there. Now, Graeme and his wife, Alex, own a company specialising in designer leather handbags, belts, jewellery, purses and even briefcases. The company has come very far since the 80’s and they now have ten stores in the UK so keep your eyes open for the Osprey [London] logo.
The flagship store is right at the end of Oxford Street in London and it used to be a Barclays bank meaning downstairs are, or at least were, vaults. They have now been converted into little rooms with tables and chairs for the Sadlery Café. The reason there’s a café in in the store is because Graeme believes that shopping is now a leisure activity rather than a chore so this way, whilst you’re shopping, your boyfriend/girlfriend can chill out and have a nice cuppa and slice of cake using their vintage china and all of the cakes are gluten and wheat free so there’s nothing to feel bad about.
Enough about the homeliness of the store, onto the products! Obviously my favourite part of the whole day was looking at the beautiful limited edition Riva collection bags which have little torches on the inside to look for your keys etc. We all know how difficult that can be. The second thing that caught my eye was the purses. I’m very big on the satisfying snap sound that clasps on purses make so when I spotted the beautiful chocolate brown embossed purse with a golden clasp I fell in love, it’s gorgeous!
Along with the pretty bags and purses, the rugby ball shower bags (also made into key rings and a smaller sized bag) caught my attention as well and the story of their creation was also really intriguing. Graeme came up with the idea after finding a Rugby ball chewed up by a dog and decided he could use it to inspire his designs, resulting in the rugby shower bag, water proof on inside and out with the colour schemes of the six nations. Personally, I think a backstory to any product makes it ten times more appealing to customers.
To summarise, my trip to the Osprey London Flagship Store was quite a start to my year and I hope to visit it again at some point this year. Definitely a new favourite brand and I’d love to say a great big thank you to Osprey London for inviting me down, I had a wonderful time in the incredible flagship store.
ALL IMAGES ARE COURTESY OF OSPREY LONDON