Leather in the UK has long had an association with high quality and lasting a lifetime. We’re celebrating this truly beautiful and sustainable material by bringing you our list of the best British leather goods, bags, and accessories brands.
According to a 2021 survey undertaken by Leather UK, surprisingly, *only 24% of respondents were aware that hides used to make leather are a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise go to waste.
Even more shocking is that 50% said they thought it derives from animals that are raised specifically to make leather. Mis-information, marketing tactics, and the rise of “vegan leather” have all contributed to a bad image of leather, but the UK leather industry is still going strong with 23 tanneries in operation.
You may not know it, but leather is not only easily repairable and recyclable, but also biodegradable, whereas products sold as “vegan leather” are made from plastic and will sit in landfill for centuries.
So why not check out our list of the top 25 leather goods, bags, and accessories brands for something truly lifetime-lasting and sustainable all in one?
*Stats from the Leather and the Consumer report based on a survey undertaken by Leather UK in 2021
Hyde & Hare is a luxury lifestyle brand offering the finest quality, ethically sourced hides to produce one-of-a-kind leather bags and accessories; fashion pieces that are timeless, elegant and at an affordable price.
Leather experts for over 100 years, Tusting’s leather goods are manufactured, crafted, and designed to the highest standards, from hide-to-hand in Britain. Tusting only uses the finest quality leathers for their leather handbags and accessories, processed especially for them by partner tanneries.
Padfield is a family-run British company committed to crafting the highest quality UK leather handbags and accessories that do not cost the earth.
Crafting in response to demand, and utilising hides from British beef and dairy farming that might otherwise go to waste, Padfield is an oasis of authentic, traditional British craftsmanship.
The iconic satchel brand, The Cambridge Satchel Company, handcrafts their leather handbags right here in the UK. Made from 100% leather, they offer a range of satchels from traditional designs to contemporary colours.
Pedal & Brass is a Cambridge-based business that designs and creates handmade leather bike bags. From crossbody leather handbags and totes to boardroom bags and bucket bags, they are all made in the cycle-loving city of Cambridge. Stylish and made to last, these bags are perfect for popping on your bike and taking to work, the pub or wherever your cycling journey takes you!
A luxury leather brand based in Northern Ireland, founded by Karen and Ellen Yates, a mother-daughter duo. Karen and Ellen design luxury leather handbags which are handmade in England using British leather sourced as a by-product of food production. The shapes and colours are inspired by the founder’s surroundings on the North Coast of Ireland, featuring fluid lines and a minimal coastal-inspired colour palette.
Owen Barry’s leather crossbody bags are 100% designed and British-made in their Somerset workshop. Hand-cut from selected soft leathers and stunning cowhides, they are secure and beautifully tactile, with fully adjustable cross-body straps, these bags are lightweight and perfect for every occasion.
Handmade in Somerset from a range of beautiful leathers, these bags from LUXAC are designed for today’s gadget-carrying individual who seek a bag that removes the strain from one over-used shoulder to the comfort of two but without compromising on style.
Producing modern, ethical leather goods with a nod to the traditional, P Kirkwood creates functional and stylish utility products. Stunning Italian vegetable tanned leathers and solid brass hardware are used throughout each leather handbag and accessory collection.
Jane Hopkinson Bags is a family-run business in the heart of the English countryside. Their British leather bags cover over thirty designs from small day time and evening bags, across the body bags, satchels, tote bags through to the weekend and travel bags.
Leather Bags and Holdalls
Every Bennett Winch product is handmade in England. Using traditional British skills and the finest materials, they engineer men’s leather bags and accessories tailored for the contemporary world.
Passionate about the details, Barnes and Moore Leatherworks offer high-quality men’s leather goods and bags, with an emphasis on function and simplicity. All of their leather goods are hand made in England, using both their own workshop, and individual highly skilled artisans they partner with.
Chapman designs and manufactures leather bags, luggage, and accessories. Their range and capabilities include Men’s and Women’s styles including shoulder bags, handbags, totes, rucksacks, and luggage, as well as industrial bags and covers.
Billy Tannery offers a collection of UK leather bags and accessories made using goatskins leftover from the food industry that are thrown away or burned each year.
Building on centuries of local leather knowledge, the brand opened their own small-batch tannery to celebrate the exceptional material.
Custom Leather Goods
Ottely is a small, bespoke leather goods workshop based in Gloucestershire. Everything they make is designed and handcrafted in their studio. They use both traditional and modern techniques to create items that have a timeless elegance and are made to last.
Nelson Were are a small family-run business that designs and handcrafts leather bags and accessories.
The studio, based in Birchington, Kent, is where Nelson designs and makes his own handbags and accessories; all with his own unique style. All Nelson Were products carry the striking logo and many can be personalised as all items are handmade on site.
Steph Rubbo Saddlery specialises in making beautiful, durable, bespoke leather goods, using traditional saddlery tools and techniques. Their range of products includes briefcases, satchels, handbags, laptop sleeves, belts, card holders, watch straps, pet collars and leads, as well as bridles and saddles, all created with the highest quality craftsmanship.
Exclusive to HebTroCo by blacksmith and leather craftsman Alex Maughan. Each buckle is made by hand, tool and fire individually in his forge, before fixing it to the hand cut straps. One at a time production. Nothing off the shelf. Just true raw materials bought in and manufactured in Hereford.
Launched in 2011 with the aim of using traditional methods to produce quality leather goods with a creative twist that are both stylish and built to last for life’s adventures. All of Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft’s products are handmade and hand-stitched using the distinctive saddlery stitch.
Her collection includes leather belts, card holders and wallets, journals, and even homewares, all made from British-tanned leather.
Denura is a UK based, family-owned business, manufacturing and distributing premium, hand-finished leather belts and fashion accessories. Each belt is handcrafted by their in-house artisans in London, which gives them complete control over the manufacturing process, thus allowing them to keep the production values high.
Hardy & Parsons was founded to address a niche in the prestige market for superbly crafted belts and leather goods. Hardy & Parsons’ Master Saddlers use only the best English vegetable – dyed bridle butt leather; whilst all the fittings come in solid brass, nickel, pewter or alloy. Each piece is entirely hand made in England using traditional craftsmanship skills.
Cesca are a family-run business, with a loyal team of extended family members, beavering away to make colourful and creative leather gifts. From stationery and office equipment to travel and lifestyle accessories, Cesca has a colourful leather product for you.
Offering a ‘Functional Luxury’ range for the distinguished gentleman, the smooth Italian leather glasses cases and key fobs are adorned with Geoff Stocker’s bold designs, making them the perfect gift options.
Simple and distinctive, casual but elegant, practical and pleasurable, Tea Green aims to offer a contemporary and individual collection of leather handbags, purses, accessories and more.