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Finding a handbag factory in the UK – the search begins!

Where to start to find handbag factories in the UK?


A cursory glance reveals around a dozen potential manufacturers of bags in Britain, but my previous experience tells me that not all factories are made equal.

The type of bag factory that we are looking for will need to fill the following criteria:-

1. Small enough to be willing to work with a start up with small order quantities.
2. Large enough that they will be able to expand as our business grows.
3. Have the specialist machines that are required to make handbags, such as a post machine and skiving machine.
4. Be open and honest, as we will require them to provide us with a breakdown of the leather and material usage for each bag. Think this may be a sticking point.
5. Have a sense of humour!

Does this handbag factory exist, or will we have to set one up ourselves?

UPDATE [25:09:20]12 the handbag business mentioned above never happened because this website took off and I decided to support other brands manufacturing in the UK instead.

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  1. jarome on December 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hello – we are based in Cape Town and are dealers in leather scrap for the shoe, handbag and wallet industry – would you know of any manufacturers interested in purchasing from us .

    jarome furman

    • Sam Ruhimbasa on April 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I have designed a bag that I would like to be made. What is your minimum order? As I do not need large quanties to be produced. If this is not something you can do would you be able to point me in the right direction

      • Maddie on June 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        Hi Sam,

        Our business is based in London, We manufacture handbags and don’t have a minimum quantity order requirement, if you are still looking for someone to help please contact us at info@knightleyoflondon.com or call 07896 570 615.

        Kind Regards,
        Knightley of London

  2. junior on June 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    have tried my company J AND DESIGNS LTD we make for many britsh desigeners we are the noly handbag factory in the country that make frames and have thier own plating works 0208 985 0717 junior

    • Hannah Harrison on September 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Hi I am interested in getting some handbags produced. What is your minimum order? Do you have a website, to see products you have produced?
      Many thanks
      Hannah Harrison

    • Chrissie on September 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Hello i am intrested in you making some bags that i have ideas for could you please get intouch to give me some more information and prices. thank you chrissie

    • geeta on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Dear J & R Designs,

      I have put together a series of drawings for a handbag collection. I was wondering if your company could assist me with making prototypes? Please contact me to discuss further.

      Kind Regards


  3. Stacey Jones on July 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Kate

    My criteria is exactly the same as what you wrote last year. Can you help me? It’s for handbags made out of leather and recycled jute.

    I’ve been looking at manufacturers in Spain but if we could keep it made here it would be better.

    Many thanks

    • Kate Hills on July 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Hi Stacey

      Drop me a message via the Contact Us page and I’ll see if I can help.

      • Katie on April 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        Hi Kate
        Do you have a website?
        Thanks Katie

  4. Modne torebki on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I’m looking for factory in Great Britain of handbags. We are selling fashion handbags in Poland and we are looking for new suppliers. I’m interested in manufacturers of fashionable, affordable, colorful bags for young girls, teens. I would be very grateful for recommending me some factories and give me a contact to the manufacturer.

  5. Naz on December 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Hi im thinking of starting making my own hand bag design is there any factory that can make it happen… Just want to start of small so not a larg quantitie just a few to start of with..

    • on December 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Naz

      I’m sure we can help you.
      Just fill in the form on the find-a-factory page and we will get back to you.

  6. charlie kaye on December 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Hi looking for a UK factory that would make a range of rigid clutch bags for me to retail,



    • Barbara Keen on March 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Charlie I found your enquiry of some time ago about a rigid clutch bag. Did you ever find anyone to make them? Barbara

  7. R Rogers on January 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm


    I’m looking for a leather wallet manufacturer.
    Unique concept here, and looking to hash out details and potential costs.
    Startup company based out of Vancouver Canada. Want to work with mid to high quality materials, and a fun manufacturer.

    Thanks in advance. I look forward to doing business with the lucky manufacturer.



    • John Robertson on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      R. Rogers: are you still looking for flat goods? I have a list of UK factories somewhere. From memory, wholesale price in pounds starts about £5 for the simplest corporate gift designs and over £10 for highly-finished stuff. Minimums are a few dozen for the best price but start lower.

  8. mickey on January 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    hi need some help making some man bags but with a twist let me know if you can help

  9. Sherry on January 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Hi I’m looking for a factory to make my handbag designs


    • Maddie on June 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Sherry,

      We could help you make your handbag designs, Please contact us on 07896570615 or email us at info@knightleyoflondon.com.

      Kind regards,
      Knightley of London

  10. PHIL on April 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    looking for a handbag manufacturer in Scotland & England.


    • Maddie on June 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Phil,

      We have access to a small workshop in London and can help produce your bags.

      Please email us at info@knightleyoflondon.com



  11. Jade on May 29, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Hi! We are looking for handbag manufacturer in UK. They should be able to put our logo on each bag.

    • Maddie on June 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm


      We work in partnership with a small UK workshop in London and could help manufacture your products.

      Please email us at info@knightleyoflondon.com



    • ben on January 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      i manufacture leather belts and purses in manchester . embossing is no problem

      • Stephanie Keast on November 16, 2019 at 11:35 am

        Hi Ben, Do you have a manufacturing facility where you could just punch the panels for a handmade bag by any chance please?

  12. Alexei on June 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hi, some of the time I work with a factory in East London where they focus on footwear cutting and stitching (and some lasting) but they have the machinery that you would need for bags (maybe not for cable stitching) and have and do produce bags for designers, if you are interested please drop me a line and I will give you Jack and Georges number.

    • Willow D on July 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thanx Alexei,
      Yes I would appreciate the details if possible on the factory in East London.

  13. willow on June 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a leather, handbag manufacturer in London that can help me get a small production run of approximately 10-12 bags for a reasonable price?


    • Maddie on June 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Willow,

      We can help with the manufacturing of the leather handbags. Please contact us on info@knightleyoflondon.com or 07896570615.


    • JR for https://www.facebook.com/planB4fashion on June 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      In East 17 http://www.kandkhandbagsandbelts.com is a unit on a trading estate with machines to press and iron materials together up to about 30″ wide. A lot of sewing is done in a range of machines and the person running it has experience in footwear, footwear components, and bags, so if they can’t help they may be able to refer you on.

      I’m not quite sure what the deal is if you approach him for bags – I got in touch about belts – but they are willing to talk about small orders.

  14. James Charlton on June 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm


    Im looking to start my own range of handbags for a small accessories business me and a friend have started, we are currently looking for uk manufacturers that specialize in leather handbags, Our bags are all designer inspired and we have plenty of pictures to show you. I would appreciate it if anyone could get back to me with what services you provide and a rough idea of prices ect. Please contact me via email: jamescharltondesign@live.co.uk


    James Charlton

  15. Martin on July 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Looking for a supplier of handbags, purses and bags, ties and etc.. Contact me at mail. Thx very much.

  16. Fieruza on July 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Hi I need someone who is able to make purse frames for irregular shapes. I.e something that can be moulded around a sea shell and put hinges on. Also stones to be set in to the clasp in a bezel setting. Can anyone help?

  17. Moagha on July 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I want to start my own product line of bags . Can anyone help in finding a manufacturer in UK or Europe for better price.

    Please consider me a new starter any advice will be appreciated.


  18. Beatrice on August 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Does any know if there are any companies who can restore vintage bags. I have a 1930’s Tapestry evening box type, which has a faulty zip, and needs the zip restoring but cannot find anyone on line or in the North East area.

  19. catrina on September 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Hello I am looking for help to get a bag prototype designed – I have an idea of the size, the material and the design on the material etc – I also want to get my bags manufactured in the UK/ Ireland – Im at the very beginning of my endeavour and any help would be most grateful!
    many thanks

  20. Max Smart on October 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Robert,
    I just wondered if you had any luck with finding a manufacturer, i am also based in Vancouver Canada but originally from the UK with lots of contacts in the leather goods industry in the UK.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Jessicsa on January 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Hi Max,

      ‘Hi I am looking for a UK bag manufacturer to produce 10-12 bags only (for now) for a deadline end of April start of May. I hope to be able to visit the factory to talk through my designs and see what materials are available to match my colour palette chosen from S/S 15 .The bags are all the same shape, fabrication and construction they will just alternate with colour. This is for a small project which I hope to pursue after this deadline. I have a design and brand logo all ready.

      Many thanks


  21. Emma Shea on October 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm


    I intern for a small company that want to produce leather handbags for the new season, we are only looking at having four bags produced of two designs we could supply the leather and patterns for the bags.

    Can any one help?


  22. Zulfi on November 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    We are a start up company trying to source a London based manafacturer for our unique bag design
    Can anyone help
    Prototype has been made by hand

  23. Jessics on January 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Hi I am looking for a UK bag manufacturer to produce 10-12 bags only (for now) for a deadline end of April start of May. I hope to be able to visit the factory to talk through my designs and see what materials are available to match my colour palette chosen from S/S 15 .The bags are all the same shape, fabrication and construction they will just alternate with colour. This is for a small project which I hope to pursue after this deadline. I have a design and brand logo all ready.

    Many thanks


    • Chris on January 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Hi jess, of you email me direct at summerscene@aol.com i will find and give you the contacts i found …

      bresgs Chris 07968 711147

  24. shannon manning on May 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hi there,

    Looking for a leather goods manufacturer in england, preferably london who specialise in handbags and shoes, looking for a manufacturer who are easy to work with and willing to do small quantities of bags. any help would be appreciated. thank you

  25. Neena on July 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Hi All, can anyone help, I am looking for a UK manufacture to produce some wallets for me. I am not looking for a leather producer but some sort of fabric that is softer and flexible. Please email me on baidandbrown@yahoo.com if you can help it would be very much appreciated. Very best wishes, Neena

  26. Emma on August 8, 2014 at 10:19 am


    I am also looking for someone to make some prototypes in suede but it’s proving to be difficult and expensive. Can anyone help?



  27. Hollie on October 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Looking to get some prototypes made up of a wallet/purse style product, in a range of leather and fabrics. A manufacturer in Scotland would be preferable but elsewhere in the UK is absolutely fine. If anyone has any ideas or helpful info contact me on holliemeikle92@gmail.com


  28. Matt on August 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Looking for UK company that can make bags in leather and heavy duty materials – any ideas please email matt.salleh@yahoo.com

  29. Rebécca on February 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Hi I’m looking for a manufacturer to produce luxury leather handbags for me. Quantities are currently unknown is there anyone who can do this in the UK?



  30. Pam on April 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, I am looking for a bag manufacturer which can work with a range of materials such as faux fur, shearling, differing types of luxury leathers and a wide variety of colours. To begin with the manufacturer would need to accommodate to make prototypes rather than large quantities.

    Many thanks


  31. Didier on May 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Hi there, I am a designer established in London for many years and I am looking for a manufacturer / machinists preferably in London to help me in making my own fashion leather bags in quantity. Please email: lem_didier@yahoo.co.uk

  32. Lara Apoola on February 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Hi, I am looking for a bag manufacturer who will work with my material, aso-oke, it is a Nigerian fabric. Small quantities to start with, I have a specific shape in mind. Thanks, Lara.

  33. Hilary on March 23, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Hi I am looking for a manufacturer for bags etc in my own leather and fabric in north England can you recommend must be honest and work to highest quality thank you.

    • Joe Standing on April 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm


      Cope studio on the Scottish boarder are supposed to be good. I haven’t had anything made but am in talks with them. And they are really helpful

  34. Andrew Rusher on July 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Hi all, I am looking for a bag manufacturer to help produce some prototypes. Have clear designs already but am open to materials etc. Preferably looking for a manufacturer based in and around London/Midlands. Email me at andrewjrusher@gmail.com if you know of anyone who might be able to do this.


  35. Lauren on March 22, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Hi, I have an idea for a new bum bag approach with a twist, especially with more than one of the so up plastic buckle, I’d like to find a uk based manufacterer who can offer different colours and perhaps patterns, especially looking at fluorescent for this year or holographic.

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