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Top 30 British-made Bags

A definitive list of the top 30 British-made bags.

We’ve put together a list of British-made bags from UK-made brands for every occasion, purpose and size. Our list is brimming with great design, materials and craftsmanship. All made right here in the UK.

Bennett Winch

Bennett Winch quality leather bags made in England
Bennett Winch

On a mission to create objects of ‘soul and purpose’, Bennett Winch is known for fusing a timeless, understated aesthetic with truly innovative product design. British-made using traditional techniques and the highest quality materials, their luggage and accessories are aimed at a new breed of discerning minimalists; those who understand that if you buy well you need only buy once.

Hyde & Hare

Hyde and Hare cowhide bags
Hyde & Hare

A luxury lifestyle brand offering the finest quality British-made bags. Hyde & Hare ethically source hides to produce one-of-a-kind bags and accessories. Fashion pieces that are timeless, elegant and at an affordable price.

Blackshore

Blackshore British made bags
Blackshore

A brand sustainably making coastal clothing from a former Lowestoft net factory. Blackshore’s range includes a canvas sailor’s duffel bag made from heavy cotton canvas (of the type used for boat covers), waterproofed for maximum practicality.

Ottely

Ottely British made bags
Ottely

Started by ex-art dealer Toby Thomas, Ottely is a small bespoke leather goods workshop based in Gloucestershire. Everything they make is designed and hand crafted in their studio. They use both traditional and modern techniques to create items that have a timeless elegance and are made to last.

Hettie

Hettie British made bags

Born from a passion for traditional British fabrics and a respect for old fashioned craftsmanship. Every Hettie accessory is crafted from the finest local materials, by British craftsmen and women, with a passion for hand-craftsmanship.

Zoe Darling Collections

Zoe Darling British made bags
Zoe Darling

Combining quality, aesthetics and usability. Zoe Darling creates products with high quality components. Their pieces will, over time, develop character and condition becoming trusted investment pieces for owners.

Tusting

Tusting British made bags
Tusting

One of the largest manufacturers of leather luggage in England with over 135 years of experience in the leather industry. Tusting is still an independent, family-run business to this very day.

Padfield England

Padfield England British made bags
Padfield England

Crafting the finest leather accessories in England from British-made leather. With ethical and environmental sustainability a major factor in their decision making, Padfield has partnered with a British tannery to source and tan their leather. Padfield are committed to keeping our rich heritage of British leather tanning and craftsmanship alive.

AndReal Design

AndReal Design UK-made bags
AndReal Design

Founder of AndReal Design, Andrea Benahmed Dijali is a qualified fashion designer, highly experienced and specialised in leather creations. Andrea’s passion for designing handbags and accessories started whilst working first hand with leather materials in 2015. She has been specialising in restoring leather handbags and during this time she started designing her own handbags that were uniquely crafted. 

Nelson Were

Nelson Were UK-made bags
Nelson Were

A small family run business designing and handcrafting leather bags and accessories. Nelson Were is a Kenyan born designer who is the creative force behind the brand – he started out making his own clothes, and then followed with designing and making shoes and jewellery to sell, then finally onto bags after moving to the UK.

The Welsh Girl

The Welsh Girl
The Welsh Girl

Handy tote for your everyday essentials; limited edition; handmade from British wool; saddlery leather handles; fully lined in hardy workwear denim; internal pocket. Woven on traditional looms that the iconic Welsh blankets were once woven and handmade in Wales.

The Cambridge Satchel Company

The Cambridge Satchel Company
The Cambridge Satchel Company

Lovingly handmade in the UK from 100% leather, The Cambridge Satchel Company offers a range of satchels from traditional designs to contemporary colours.

Their very first satchel was inspired by traditional British, leather schoolbags from years gone by. They still make satchels but their collection now includes large and small bags and accessories in lots of sizes and styles with many inspired by bags from the past.

Taylor Yates

Taylor Yates British-made bags
Taylor Yates

A British luxury brand founded with a beautiful purpose: authentic, socially conscious and sustainably minded.

Taylor Yates is 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.

Annie with Alex

Annie with Alex practical bags
Annie with Alex

Bags lovingly made by their family for yours. Annie with Alex, are a mother and daughter collaboration, designing, creating & making contemporary bags that fit into yours and your family’s lifestyle. Their bags are designed with multiple uses, eg their classic waterproof storage bag – designed for your bathroom essentials, or a handbag or use as a beach bag! Reverse it for a different look all together! Hand Made in Hertfordshire.

Pedal & Brass

Pedal & Brass British-made bags
Pedal & Brass

Cambridge-based business Pedal & Brass designs and creates handmade leather bike bags. From crossbody bags and totes, to boardroom bags and bucket bags, they are all made in the cycle-loving city. 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!

Chapman Bags

Chapman Bags, british-made
Chapman Bags

Originally a manufacturer of fishing and shooting bags, John Chapman makes hand crafted canvas, leather and tweed bags for travel, leisure, business and sporting activities, in Carlisle, Cumbria.

Luxac

Luxac
Luxac

Uniquely combining the elegance of a handbag with the function of a rucksack. Perfect for your iPad or laptop, LUXAC is both beautiful and practical. British made and built to last, LUXAC is the bag you have all been looking for.

Glencroft

Glencroft, leather bags, made in the uk
Glencroft

Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Glencroft produce products using sheepskin and wool. Their range includes exceptional quality cross-body saddle bags made using thick hide leather, currently available in four colours – green, tan, brown and navy.

Steph Rubbo Saddlery

Steph Rubbo British made bags
Steph Rubbo

Specialising in making beautiful, durable, bespoke leather goods, using traditional saddlery tools and techniques. Steph Rubbo Saddlery’s range of products includes briefcases, satchels, handbags, belts, card holders, pet collars and leads, as well as bridles and saddles, all created with the highest quality craftsmanship.

Sarah Haran

Sarah Haran
Sarah Haran

A premium handbag brand that allows individuality and function in handbags that are both beautiful and timeless.

Openhouse Products

Open House British made bags
Open House

Design and manufacturing British-made bags mainly for the emergency services and health sector. Openhouse Products also supply a large range of off the shelf bags as well as medical equipment and consumables.

Umpie Handbags

Umpie Handbags
Umpie Handbags

Offering unique designer fabric British-made bags. Umpie Handbags makes handbags, shoulder Bags, hobo Bags, tote Bags and a collection of vegan bags.

Carpet Bags of England

Carpet Bags of England British made bags
Carpet Bags of England

Designing and hand making quintessentially English traditional style victorian carpet bags in their Somerset workshop. The brass hardware is made in a British Foundry and the leather is from a local tannery.

Dear Moon

Dear Moon
Dear Moon

From their studio deep in the heart of The New Forest National Park Dear Moon designs and creates a range of goods, handcrafted from the finest leathers.

Tea Green

Tea Green British made bags
Tea Green

Simple and distinctive, casual but elegant, practical and pleasurable, Tea Green aims to offer a contemporary and individual collection of handbags, purses and more. Established in 2013, Tea Green is a small design business set up by Frances Bayliss, based in Somerset, England.

Losana B

Losana B
Losana B

Taking beautiful fabrics and turning them into fabulous things. Many of Losana B’s fabrics are rescued, reused, recycled, upcycled, renovated, reinvented, refurbished or remade. They have an ever growing range of standard designs, all of which can be made to order in a variety of fabrics with a range of variations.

P. Kirkwood

P. Kirkwood British made bags
P. Kirkwood

Providing their customers with minimal, functional, stylish leather goods for both men and women. All of P.Kirkwood’s pieces are designed and handcrafted at their workshop in Brighton.

Jane Hopkinson Bags

Jane Hopkinson
Jane Hopkinson Bags

A family-run business in the heart of the English countryside. Jane Hopkinson’s British-made bags cover over thirty designs from small day time and evening bags. Including across the body bags, satchels, tote bags through to the weekend and travel bags.

Billy Tannery

BIlly Tannery Leather bag
Billy Tannery

After discovering that not one goatskin left over from the UK food industry was being tanned here, Billy Tannery decided to do something. Tapping into local leather knowledge, the brand built a pioneering microtannery in Leicestershire.

Their sustainable, bark-tanned goat leather now completes the circle from food to leather. Their growing range of leather goods is designed and made in England to celebrate this exceptional material.

Cotswold Aquarius

Cotswold Aquarius
Cotswold Aquarius

Priding themselves in the creation of high quality, innovative hand crafted, British made luggage for the discerning angler.

Cotswold Aquarius also offers a bespoke service for private and corporate customers, enabling them to create unique luggage designs, whatever the application.

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Comments

20 Comments

  1. Ag'e-mes on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Guys!
    Really sad our Brand Ag’e-mes missed out on this post!
    We support and promote the Made in Britain philosophy. In fact, 100% of the materials and labour that go into our bags are sourced from right here in the British Isles. Our relationship with our suppliers is everything. It ensures quality and provenance is maintained to the very last stitch – and guarantees our authenticity.

    http://www.agemes.co.uk

    • Emma on January 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Please help me!!! I have this designer leather handbag that I have no idea who it’s by!!! It’s really bugging me not knowing how much this costs and why I can’t find the brand online….. please help!

  2. charles ross on July 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    No Trakke.co.uk, despite it being recognised as both original & popular by sources like Carryology – shame. Style can be practical as well…

  3. Marjorie on July 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful range of designs and images. Haven’t heard the term carpet bags in a long time. Pretty funky

  4. Jane Robinson on August 25, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    The Vintage Satchel Company in Belfast has been making satchels since 1962 and makes a range of women’s and men’s leather bags, not just satchels. It is a social enterprise employing and supporting disabled people.
    https://www.vscbelfast.com

    • Alex on July 11, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Does anyone know if this company still operates? The website is still working but they’ve made no recent social media postings and haven’t responded to enquiries via the website or social media. It’s a shame as they ticked a lot of boxes for the sort of company I’d like to buy products from.

  5. Douglas Sanders on October 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    we make custom bags and purses of all shapes and sizes in the Scotland with British leather
    https://www.speedpunkmotorcycles.co.uk/product-page/handmade-leather-handbag

  6. ellyie on November 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

    it’s verry cool these bags

  7. georgia on January 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    wyatt and jack, an Isle of Wight based brand, making bags from up cycled bouncy castles and deckchair canvases

  8. Becky on April 10, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Just loving my new tote from the fabulous York based Morgan + Wells.

    • Naomi on May 5, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      Ohhhh thank you Becky – I’ve only just seen this and I’m so glad you love it! I make everything with my two hands, our goods are hand cut, hand stitched and hand finished with beeswax and elbow grease! We use the finest UK sourced veg tanned leather and solid brass from the last remaining Brass foundry here in the UK so we strongly support the Make it British ethos. http://www.morganandwells.co.uk for more info.

  9. GDecamillo on June 21, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Hi
    We are a online design brand based in London and have developed a range of bags.
    We are looking for a leather bag manufacturers based in the UK, with small production runs.
    We have been trying to find suitable companies but have had great difficulty.
    Preferably we would like a radius of daily return travel distance for factory visits from London.
    We are aware of places based in the Midlands, Northampton and Somerset but not specific company names/details so are unable to contact any.
    Best Regards GDeCamillo

  10. Heather williams on October 13, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I am looking for quality leather goods that are sourced ethically in Britain. Not only am I searching for quality products but I need to know that the leather is obtained free from cruelty. The source of leather is obviously from an animal skin. How much is known about the animals before slaughter? Much leather especially imported leather has been sourced from equines i.e. horses and donkeys. As a consumer (and I hope a representative of the general public) , I would like to see traceability in the same way as good restaurants have traceability of the meat on their menu.
    .

    • Lolly on October 12, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      That’s an oxymoron as no animal product is free from cruelty!

  11. Clare McCammont on September 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Good list but where’s Marlborough of England? They usually exhibit at Make it British.

  12. Tracy King on September 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Moon’s bags are beautifully made. Top quality leather and a quirky colour combinations. I love them. x

  13. Steve Phillipson on October 25, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    For everything “one off” try http://www.Barkandbanter.net
    Our dogs have b both got collars from Caz and my wife has 2 of her bags, exceptional.

  14. Tau Leather on November 4, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Interesting stuff to read. Good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

  15. Audrey H. Stout on October 26, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Hello: Several years ago I purchased 2 different leather handbags for my daughter-in-law. The company name escapes me; however the uniqueness of the handbag relates to the unique number inside the handbag. If the
    handbag was lost a finder could use the unique number to locate the owner thru the company that made the
    purse. For some reason I feel the company name may have begun with an A.

    Would you be able to help me locate this purse company in London, I would be most grateful.

    Thank you,
    Sincerely,
    Audrey H Stout

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