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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...

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'How I launched my British-made handbag business' with Isabelle Ugochukwu of Isabella Queen

Founder and creative director of Isabella Queen, Isabelle Ugochukwu, on how she launched her luxury British handbag brand, life after Brexit, and what her top...

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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...

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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...

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How a Globe-Trotter suitcase is made

Steve Lancefield’s stunning photos taken inside the Globe-Trotter factory in Hertfordshire depict the craftsmanship that goes into making each suitcase The Globe-Trotter suitcase...

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BoBelle London Cadogan Bag
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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...

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Margaret Thatcher Launer Handbag
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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...

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Exclusive Interview: Adam Atkinson of Cherchbi

In the week that the Best of Britannia event will celebrate British craftsmanship in Clerkenwell, we interview Adam Atkinson, Founder of British leathergoods...

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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...

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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...

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Launer - A handbag fit for a Queen
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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...

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Save a British clothing factory – Buy a Shut Tup bag

Anisa Topan hopes that by us buying this bag it will help save a clothing factory in London from closure? Read on… Anita...

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Fraser Balgowan - Scottish luxury goods
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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...

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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...

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British Bag Designer: Tamara Fogle

Tamara Fogle, the British bag designer, talks to Make it British about her eponymous bag line and her experience of  UK manufacturing Can...

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The Satchel: thoroughly British and all Made in Britain

There is no more British a bag than the satchel; and it seems that everyone has got one in their range for this...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Poppy Valentine's bespoke clothes and bags

I have a particular soft spot for the British brand Poppy Valentine, who make clothes and accessories from vintage fabrics from a room...

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Prescott and Mackay: How to make a handbag

Whilst doing some detective work and ringing any contacts I could to find people with handbag manufacturing skills in the UK, I came...

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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...

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