• How a chance meeting at an event led to a very British brand collaboration

    After striking up a conversation in the Brand Hall at our Meet the Manufacturer event, four companies who make products in the UK embarked on a collaboration which led to some fantastic publicity. One of the great things about making

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  • How to launch a British-made handbag business with Isabella Queen

    Isabelle Ugochukwu, founder and creative director of Isabella Queen, shares her personal experience and expertise on launching a British-made handbag business. Coming from a corporate background, Isabelle took the plunge to start her own luxury handbag business combining authentic craftsmanship

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  • VVA British handbag

    WIN a luxury leather tote from VVA Handbags worth £350

    Closing Date 24th April 2017 Your chance to WIN the stunning Dahlia tote bag in bluebell from designer British brand VVA. VVA Handbags is a premium handbag brand that allows individuality, function and choice to exist in handbags that are both beautiful

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  • Mirelle British bags

    Meet the Maker: Shaheda Begum, founder of British bag brand Mirelle

    The founder of luxury British bag brand Mirelle on why her parents background in the textiles industry has driven her to only make in the UK Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why you started up Mirelle? ​I started

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  • C.Nicol mini bag

    WIN a designer leather handbag from accessories label C.Nicol

    Closing date 27th March 2017 Your chance to WIN the Georgia crossbody leather handbag from contemporary British label, C.Nicol. C.Nicol is a contemporary British accessories label creating luxury leather handbags.  C.Nicol are giving you the chance to WIN the fabulous

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  • Make it British Top 50 British-made Bags

    Top 50 British-made Bags

    A definitive list of the top 50 British-made bags. Thanks to our friends on Instagram we’ve put together a list of British-made bag brands for every occasion (and size). This was intended to be a top twenty, but with this much choice

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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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  • Marion Ayonote Avalon Peep Toe Shoe

    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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  • susie-faulks

    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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  • BoBelle London Cadogan Bag

    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 Launer Handbag

    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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  • Hanson of London

    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

    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

    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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