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    Meet the Maker: Keith Hanshaw, The Leather Satchel Co.

    We interview Keith Hanshaw, Managing Director and Master Craftsman at The Leather Satchel Co. Hi Keith, can you introduce us to The Leather Satchel Company? We are a UK maker of leather goods who specialise in heavy-hide raw-edge leatherwork, focusing

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    WIN a leather tote bag from Rogue Saddler

    Closing Date 18th February 2016 Your chance to win this beautiful large leather tote bag, in black and tan, from Rogue Saddler, worth £130. Rogue Saddler make leather bags and utility goods handcrafted in England. Each piece is designed and

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    WIN a designer bag from Luxac in our Valentine’s Day Competition

    Closing date 16th February 2016 Your chance to WIN a beautiful Crimson Luxac Mini backpack. Time to forget the Christmas overindulgence and turn our attention to romance as Valentine’s Day is only 4 weeks away! To celebrate the day of love

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    WIN a Make Your Own Bag Workshop Voucher from St Leonards

    Closing Date 12th December 2015 Your chance to WIN as a 1 Day Leather Workshop from St Leonards   As part of our 12 Days of Christmas Competitions, St Leonards are offering you the chance to WIN a one day workshop

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    WIN a Salina Handbag from Hidee

    Closing date 12th December 2015 Your chance to WIN  a Salina Bag from luxury brand Hidee, worth £580 The Salina Bag is uniquely designed with an upper and lower compartment.  The lower compartment carries high-heels and other treasures; elegance, security and

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    British-made footwear brand Marion Ayonote to launch in House of Fraser

    Make it British favourite, Marion Ayonote, is about to become the first UK-made luxury footwear brand in high street retailer House of Fraser Luxury footwear and handbag designer Marion Ayonote has long been admired by the team at Make it

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    Designer Interview: Aly Bond, maker of upcycled leather bags

    We interview Aly Bond, designer and maker of handcrafted upclycled leather bags, about her unique business. Aly Bond recycles and upcycles her customer’s own vintage leather jackets and bags, lining them with a fabric sentimental to the client. She also

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    WIN a Susie Faulks cross-body oilcloth bag

    Competition now closed. We’ve got a lovely Florence print bag from Susie Faulks to give away

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    Designer Interview: Claire Watt-Smith of BoBelle London

    We catch up with the founder of luxury British handbag brand BoBelle London Can you start by telling us a little about how the BoBelle brand began? BoBelle London was founded three and a half years ago. I always wanted

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    Margaret Thatcher and her British-made handbag

    Whatever is said about Baroness Thatcher and her legacy on British manufacturing, at least her famous handbags were made in England Since Baroness Margaret Thatcher died a couple of days ago there has been much talk in the press about

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    How The Cambridge Satchel Company fought back and won

    The story of how British bag makers The Cambridge Satchel Company ended up receiving an undisclosed sum from rival bag firm Zatchels in an out of court settlement It goes something like this…The Cambridge Satchel Company was launched by Julie

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    British bag-makers: Hanson of London

    Ever wondered why a hand-made bag is so expensive? This video by Hanson of London shows the work that goes into producing a leather bag by hand Launched by Aine Hanson in 2012, Hanson of London cut, stitch and finish every

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    Launer – A handbag fit for a Queen

    With the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, should this be the year of the Launer handbag revival? With a heritage spanning 70 years and a Royal warrant for their leathergoods, it is a wonder that the Launer brand

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    Fraser Balgowan – Scottish luxury goods

    New Scottish luxury goods label Fraser Balgowan turns deer stalking into a fashionable pursuit Following on from our artilces about Scottish textile tourism and Scottish textile designer Kate Samphier, we finish the week with something a bit different in the form

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    Lie down I think I love you…

    Lie down I think I love you might be quite the strangest name for a brand that we have featured so far, but behind the kooky name lies a company so determined to keep its production in the UK that

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  • British bag designer: Esther Porter

    Last week I had a chance to catch up with British bag designer Esther Porter. Definitely a name to watch, and all of her bags are made in England too. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and

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  • Steven Harkin leather bags

    Steven Harkin really knows how to make a leather bag, having worked in the design and production of them for over 25 years. Prior to launching his own collection he also taught at the prestigious Cordwainers College (part of the

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  • Modern British Bag Makers: A Few Fine Things

    One thing that has amazed me since we started on our journey to develop a handbag brand made in the UK is how many offers of help and support in finding manufacturers I have received from other British bag makers.

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  • Bags Made in Britain: St Leonards

    Whilst looking for factories manufacturing leather goods in the UK I have come across some fantastic brands. One of these great companies, who are keen to support UK manufacturing, is St Leonards. Based in, you guessed it, St Leonards, this

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    Searching for a handbag factory in England: Part One

    As I mentioned in one of my first posts, we are trying to find a handbag factory in the UK that we can work with to develop our new British handbag brand. A few phone calls to some of the

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    Finding a handbag factory in the UK – the search begins!

    Where to start to find handbag factories in the UK? A cursory glance reveals around a dozen potential manufacturers of bags in Britain, but my previous experience tells me that not all factories are made equal. The type of bag

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