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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 bag by hand – a true labour of love. This great video shows the craftsmanship that goes into making a leather bag in their workshop in East London –  which helps you to comprehend how labour intensive this type of product really is.

It is great to see a new generation of designers manufacturing products in the UK. Like St Leonards, Esther Porter and A Few Fine Things, Hanson of London are part of a new breed of handbag designer keen to keep their production close to home in order to retain the quality of craftsmanship that Britain is renowned for. By buying a product from one of these designers, rather than a mass-produced item from the high street, you are helping to save the skills that this country has all but lost. Surely that is worth paying a little extra for?

To more information on Hanson of London visit HansonofLondon.com




  1. Minerva Collection on July 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    This is great. True craftsmanship.

  2. Alice on February 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    It’s a truly incredible craftsmanship. Long live the British handbag!

  3. D.Nicholls. on September 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I totally agree with all your comments about quality and workmanship etc, however it is sad and misleading to see these people hitting metal tools with hammers and not mallets,or calling machine stitching handmade! Get it right people .(Harness maker, Essex. D.Nicholls.

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