Our Story

Where it all began

Aspiga was born out of the founder, Lucy's, love for travelling. 12 years ago Lucy Macnamara fell in love with the craftsmanship she discovered while on holiday in Kenya. Awestruck by the beautiful hand beaded sandals she found the locals making, she knew that she had found something truly special.

Lucy felt that this beautiful artistry needed to be shared with the world, so she established Aspiga, setting out to stimulate the economies of talented artisans and provide beautiful, quality, handmade goods to an international customer base.

We feel strongly about looking after our suppliers, our customers, our employees and the planet.

Ethical trading is at the heart of the business, working with wonderful suppliers in small factories, giving jobs to local people.

Lucy regularly visits the small suppliers and workers to maintain a strong and solid relationship, from hand beaded sandals, belts and bags to Masai inspired jewellery and accessories.

Pictured above, Lucy and our belt supplier, Kalonzo, who Aspiga has worked with from the beginning.

The above images were taken during one of Lucy's many trips to Kenya.

Where we are now

Each year we strive to grow our collections, building from previous years successes to create a product line that embraces modern femininity. We love pieces made from natural, sustainable fibres that feature vibrant colours, with hand embroidered or beaded embellishments.

Today we are an established brand, selling day, evening and beachwear along with swimwear and accessories. The majority of our product line is our own Aspiga brand but we can never resist selling some of the wonderful designer brands that Lucy discovers on her travels!

We strive to do business in a more enlightened way and to act in an ethical manner, by paying our suppliers fair prices and paying them on time. We ask our suppliers to pay their staff fair wages, provide safe working conditions, treat their employees with respect, and not employ people under the minimum working age.