Founded in London in 2007, Thomas Lyte is a modern English luxury lifestyle brand specialising in exquisitely fashioned leather and silver accessories, all with a contemporary twist.
CEO Kevin Baker established Thomas Lyte on a strong set of founding values: Craftsmanship, Englishness, Luxury and Modernity.
An ardent supporter of the resurgence of British artisanship and craftsmanship, Kevin understands that discerning buyers are increasingly seeking provenance, craft and individuality. Thomas Lyte’s objective is to fuse traditional values and craftwork with beautiful, contemporary designs that are excitingly relevant to today’s customer.
The London-based leather atelier – also designs and develops Thomas Lyte’s distinctive range of leather bags and accessories.The origin of brand’s name is rooted in English history. The Thomas Lyte Jewel is one of the finest examples of English craftsmanship – combining extraordinary skills in enamelling, gold-smithing, diamond cutting, jewel setting and the work of renowned miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard. Thomas Lyte was a courtier and genealogist who presented King James I with a lineage tracing his ancestry, helping to secure his position on the English throne. The King commissioned this unique piece as a reward.
As Kevin Baker explains “It was an era that saw the birth of English luxury when we began to value objects for their aesthetic quality as well as their functionality: a sentiment that remains extremely close to the heart of the Thomas Lyte brand today”. Inspired by the values represented by the Thomas Lyte Jewel, Kevin Baker decided to resurrect the Thomas Lyte name as a symbol of the ‘Rebirth of English Luxury and Craftsmanship.
With one of the brand’s founding principles being ‘Ethical’, the Thomas Lyte Foundation is crucial to Kevin Baker’s vision. The Thomas Lyte Foundation is a registered charity, to which 10% of all Thomas Lyte profits are donated. Established upon the belief that when you buy a luxury item your purchase should help to improve the lives of the people who created it, the Foundation aims to provide support and encouragement to aspiring English artists, designers and craftspeople. These are the people that at Thomas Lyte see as fundamental to the future of English luxury.
CARO CLUTCH CALF LEATHER ICE BLUE
Beautifully handcrafted in England by Thomas Lyte’s expert team of leather workers and silversmiths, the stunning Caro Box Clutch has been reworked in an array of seasonal bright and metallic hues exclusively for Spring/Summer 2013. Crafted from the smoothest calf leather and set off with a smoky quartz clasp, this stunning structured clutch is a guaranteed show stopper.
THE ELIZA HANDHELD FOLIO CLUTCH GRAINED LEATHER COGNAC
ELIZA HANDBAG GRAINED LEATHER MUSTARD
Handcrafted from the finest grained and bridle leather, this elegant yet practical folio is sure to become a timeless classic. It features an iPad pocket and two gusseted internal compartments. This stunning design can be featured both as a business folio or a day clutch bag.
THE EMILY CROSS BODY BAG CALF LEATHER CODRA
Hand crafted from the finest calf leather, Emily is our elegant yet practical debutante of this season. The Emily is made in London from the finest calf leather, lined with soft beige jacquard silk featuring the distinctive Thomas Lyte flower. She has an adjustable shoulder strap that allows her round and compact body to be worn as both a shoulder bag and a cross-body bag. Emily’s features are practical with a front and back pocket for cards and keys, both with magnetic closure mechanism. Her zipped interior offers a third slip-pocket for small accessories. Emily is this season’s compact companion.
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