WIN a leather tote bag from Rogue Saddler

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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 produced by Paula from her house in Brighton, East Sussex. Paula creates bags, carry alls, tech cases, aprons, pouches and cases for many users including Stylist’s, Tattooist’s, Hairstylist’s, Barista’s and Chef’s alike.

Rogue Saddler are offering one lucky competition winner this gorgeous black leather tote bag, large and strong enough to carry your laptop in. The bag has a reinforced thick vegetable tan leather handle, again soft yet durable to sit comfortably on the shoulder with heavy load.

For your chance to WIN just answer the following question:

In which seaside town are Rogue Saddler bags made?

Competition now closed

For more information about Rogue Saddler click here.

This competition was won by Emma Pearce from Shrewsbury. Congratulations Emma, enjoy your bag!

 

 

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

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Closing date 16th February 2016

Your chance to WIN a beautiful Crimson Luxac Mini backpack.

Luxac Mini Crimson with Twiggy lining

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 we are to running some special competitions with Valentine inspired prizes.

Luxury bag designer Luxac are offering one lucky winner the chance to WIN a Crimson Luxac Mini, as seen on ballerina and Strictly judge, Darcey Bussell.

Luxac Mini side view

Luxac Mini side view

LUXAC is a bag which uniquely combines the elegance of a handbag with the function of a rucksack. A bag that is beautifully minimalist by design  but always practical. Designed for ‘women who do’ where style comes first.

Handmade from a range of beautiful leathers, fully lined in high quality cotton (LUXAC’s hidden gem; a choice of linings ranging from vintage bare-chested cowboys to the simple symmetry of trees) or soft suede and using Riri zips (probably the best zips in the world); these bags are designed for today’s gadget carrying women who seek a bag that removes the strain from one over-used shoulder to the comfort of two but without compromising on style. British made and built to last.

Lining Options

Our lucky winner can choose the lining for their Luxac Mini from “Thriller” on the left and “Twiggy” on the right

Our lucky winner will be able to chose the lining or their bag from the dramatic “Thriller” lining or the tranquil “Twiggy” lining, as pictured above.

*This competition will run until the 16th February 2016 so the prize will not be with the winner for Valentine’s Day.

Just answer this simple question for your chance to win:

Which celebrity has been spotted wearing the Luxac Crimson?

Competition now closed

For more information about Luxac click here.

www.luxac.co.uk

The winner of this competition is Christine Gould from Mid Glamorgan, congratulations Christine!

 

WIN a Make Your Own Bag Workshop Voucher from St Leonards

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Closing Date 12th December 2015

Your chance to WIN as a 1 Day Leather Workshop from St Leonards

WORKSHOP GIFT VOUCHER

 

As part of our 12 Days of Christmas Competitions, St Leonards are offering you the chance to WIN a one day workshop to make your own Leather Tote Bag.

Come to the seaside and spend the day learning to make something that’s stylish and timeless just like the rest of the St Leonards collection. Feel the enormous satisfaction of mastering some of the skills tools and machinery required to make a contemporary British accessory. Set in the heart of St Leonards on Sea and a stone’s throw from the eclectic shops of Norman Rd there are some great cafes nearby as well as some super B & B’s to make the most of your trip.

In a perfectly formed group of 2 or 4 people per workshop you’ll be sure to have a high level of guidance and tuition and come away with pleasing results. There’s tools, industrial machines and plenty of tea- what’s not to like?

For your chance to WIN just answer this question:

Which road is home to the eclectic shops in St Leonards?

Competition now closed

For more information about St Leonards click here

www.stleonardsonline.com

WIN a Salina Handbag from Hidee

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Closing date 12th December 2015

Your chance to WIN  a Salina Bag from luxury brand Hidee, worth £580

Hidee Bag

The gorgeous Salina Bag from Hidee

The Salina Bag is uniquely designed with an upper and lower compartment.  The lower compartment carries high-heels and other treasures; elegance, security and style all in one handbag!

Hidee is dedicated to designing and creating innovative, luxury Handbags and Jewellery. Hidee is stylish, art and architecture in a handbag, exquisitely made and crafted in London from luxury exclusive hand-finished leathers. Hidee is the first of it’s kind and has it all. Hidee jewels are organic, tactile and beautiful.
As part of our 12 Days of Christmas Competitions Hidee are offering one reader the chance to WIN this fabulous Salina Bag.
For you chance to WIN just answer this simple question:
What is the lower compartment intended to carry?

Competition now closed

For more inforamtion about Hidee follow the link here

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

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Make it British favourite, Marion Ayonote, is about to become the first UK-made luxury footwear brand in high street retailer House of Fraser

Marion Ayonote Atlantis silver metallic boot

Marion Ayonote Atlantis silver metallic boot

Luxury footwear and handbag designer Marion Ayonote has long been admired by the team at Make it British and we have regularly lusted after her beautiful shoes since running a competition on our site back in November last year. Marion’s award winning footwear and accessories have featured in countless publications and been spotted on many a celebrity foot, and…drum roll please…from October 2015 a range of Marion’s shoes and boots will also be stocked in House of Fraser – a first for a British-made women’s footwear line for years, as far as we know!  

Marion Ayonote Avalon bronze metallic peep toe

Marion Ayonote Avalon bronze metallic peep toe

The Marion Ayonote couture footwear range is inspired by the folk law of the Fortunate Isles, an otherworldly paradise honoured in pagan mythology. The range of footwear which will be available from October 2015 and is entirely handmade in England. It includes flat shoes, high heeled courts, sandals, peep toes, ankle and full length boots. There is literally something to suit everyone yet this range, typically of Marion Ayonote, feels exclusive and luxurious. It is easy to see why Marion’s couture footwear has become popular amongst the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Courtney Lopez, Ana Ivonovic, Tyra Banks and Whitney Port.

Marion Ayonote Monroe orange high heel

Marion Ayonote Monroe orange high heel

It’s great to hear that a women’s footwear range made in Britain will be stocked by a high street retailer, albeit on their website only to start with. There are far too few British-made brands represented on the high street, let’s hope that this collaboration is a success for Marion Ayonote and HoF and the first of many.

Marion Ayonote Conqueror Boot

Marion Ayonote Conqueror Boot

Marion Ayonote’s range of footwear will be accompanied by a range of handbags, and available from www.houseoffraser.co.uk from October 2015

www.ayonote.com

 

Designer Interview: Aly Bond, maker of upcycled leather bags

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We interview Aly Bond, designer and maker of handcrafted upclycled leather bags, about her unique business.

Aly Bond

Aly Bond

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 sources leather coats and jackets from charity shops and Ebay, making all the bags herself. Intrigued, we had a chat to find out more about the brand.

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Designer Interview: Claire Watt-Smith of BoBelle London

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We catch up with the founder of luxury British handbag brand BoBelle London

Claire Watt-Smith of BoBelle

Claire Watt-Smith of BoBelle

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 to set up my own business, and I have a love for fashion, especially accessories. I started off operating in the mid-market with a collection that was crafted in South Korea and was fortunate enough to win various awards, including Red magazine’s Top 20 Under 30. I also designed a capsule collection for Marks and Spencer Autograph and after that I had a pop-up shop in central London. It was then I approached a key contact of mine for some advice going forward. I wanted to head into the luxury market and wanted to make in England, but needed some backing to do so. Fortunately this became a reality, and on November 30th 2012, the new BoBelle London was born, with all of our handbags hand made in England. (more…)

Margaret Thatcher and her British-made handbag

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Whatever is said about Baroness Thatcher and her legacy on British manufacturing, at least her famous handbags were made in England

Margaret Thatcher Launer Handbag

Margaret Thatcher and her Launer handbag in 2008

Since Baroness Margaret Thatcher died a couple of days ago there has been much talk in the press about the legacy that she left on British manufacturing. Certainly manufacturing accounted for a much smaller percentage of GDP when she left office than when she arrived (15.2% compared to 20.6%), but many of her supporters say that it was in decline anyway. Either way, it is at least refreshing to know that the company that she bought her handbags from, Launer, continues to manufacture in England to this day. (more…)

How The Cambridge Satchel Company fought back and won

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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

The Cambridge Satchel Company

The Cambridge Satchel Company

It goes something like this…The Cambridge Satchel Company was launched by Julie Deane from her kitchen table in 2008. She took the classic British satchel and gave it a much-needed makeover by manufacturing her bags in a wide selection of distinctive leathers, such as metallics and fluorescents. Although other people had been making leather satchels for years, The Cambridge Satchel Company made them fashionable again. The bags were picked up by fashion stylists around the world and used by designers such as Comme des Garcons on their catwalk, and they are now stocked in world-class stores such as Harrods and Selfridges. (more…)