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Searching for a handbag factory in England: Part One

UK handbag factory

As I mentioned in one of my first posts, we are trying to find a handbag factory in the UK that we can work with to develop our new British handbag brand.
A few phone calls to some of the bag factories listed in the UKFT directory yielded several that were based in London. As we are trying to source everything as locally as possible it would be great if we could find a factory close by to our base in the City.
Everyone that I’ve called has been very helpful, although it appears that the demand for factories manufacturing handbags in England is far out-stripping the ability to supply. Several of the manufacturing units that I spoke to said that they can’t take on any more new clients as they don’t even have enough machinists for the work that their current customers are giving them.

What I am finding is that there is a overwhelming desire on everyone’s part to help keep manufacturing alive in the UK, and if they are full to capacity then they have given me the details of other British bag manufacturers to contact.

Do you have any experience of sourcing leathergoods in the UK? or know of any handbag factories that would be willing to work with a fantastic new start-up? If so, please let us know.

UPDATE 31.05.2011: Since writing this blog post  I have found so many inspiring brands and manufacturers in my search to find a UK factory that I now want to concentrate on supporting them in their dedication to keep these skills alive in the UK. I am now working on developing a business that will help do that. Please watch this space!



  1. nadia on November 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Hi, I’m looking for a small production factory that makes high quality leather handbags (less than a dozen per style). Can you offer any information on some factories pleae? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jules on January 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Hiya, You asked the question about soucing a small production factory that manufactures high quality leather handbags, could you let me know how you got on with the suggestions from other people please? many thanks Jules

  2. junior on December 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    try j and r designs ltd 0208 985 0717 london

  3. Alisa on January 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    07886599524 Jana,
    Leather bags factory /studio in east london , please contact us

    • Jevgenijs on May 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Hello, i am also looking for some small leather handbags factory in UK.
      Can i have some web page and e-mail?

      Regards – Jevgenijs

  4. suzanne french on September 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I’m a new business start-up looking for British manufacturers of leather handbags. How has everyone got on with sourcing someone? I only want a small affordable test run maybe 20-50 of one design (dependent on price) if anybody knows anyone that can help please let me know. I stupidly thought that abroad was a good way to go but the quality is shocking!!! I ordered some jewellery and out of 50 pieces only 4 was in a saleable condition and even then I couldn’t charge what I wanted to charge as they looked so cheap. Never again! British is best!

    • BRIAN sss on September 11, 2016 at 8:44 am


      Can you share your.info about British suppliers please

  5. aisha on January 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Does anyone know of any northern handbag manufacturers? I have initial samples made abroad, but am now looking to manufactur in the UK with smaller runs to start – can nyone help? THANKS

  6. phil on January 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Hi.can anyone help me or point me in the right direction in finding leather bag makers.my own designs and will be small runs[bigger when i conquer the world].any help very much appreciated.thank you.phil.

  7. Lany Pringle on February 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Looking at the queries and comments above I, too, would like to find out if there are factories in London or near London that I could contact in order to enquire on making design bags. I would like to start a business in bag industry and would like to test in making samples of 3 of my designs.

    I would appreciate any comments or more information on starting a small business.

    Many thanks


  8. Helen Collins on March 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, I am currently setting up a new business with the aim of selling top quality British made leather bags. I am looking for a UK manufacturer who makes top quality leather bags who would be prepared to produce an initial sample run of bags for me prior to my placing a much larger order. I am based in Rutland (East Midlands) but I am quite happy to travel for the right manufacturer. British made and craftmanship are the two most important factors for me in the manufacturing process.
    Can any manufacturer assist?

    • Samantha Rivers on April 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Helen

      I too am in the East Midlands, close to Swadlincote and I too am starting my own business making bags, but in fabric. I was wondering if you’d like to share emails and chat and support one another. Let me know. Cheers

      • Linda Beck on September 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        Did you find a manufacturing factory in the East Midlands?
        I am also looking for a handbag manufacturer using leather.
        Would be good to swap details.

      • Alina on June 15, 2019 at 7:46 pm

        Hello If you need staff for your new business I am here:). . If not good luck with you business

  9. Lisa on March 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Hi all, did anyone had any success in finding a UK manufacturer that can produce small runs?

  10. Tracy Wilson on July 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I am looking to start/buy a leather manufacturing company in the London/Surrey or Yorkshire regions. If anyone knows of any that may interested or in setting up up. Please let me know.

    • SivaKumar on August 24, 2016 at 10:29 am

      hi. this is Sivakumar. can i help you in leather business in India. I am a manufacturer of leather in India. my mobile no is : + 91 9041089410., + 91 9872271057. and mail id : southerntanners@asia.com.

      Thanks and regards.

  11. Zowie on August 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm


    I am looking for a UK based leather bag manufacturer preferably based in the Midlands area.
    I would be looking for a qty of approx 5-10 sample bags to be made.
    I want it to be British made of a high quality but at a reasonable cost.

    • Nigel Eastaugh on September 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm


      We specialise in bespoke leather bag manufacture, and do lots of development work and small runs.

      Obviously our cost base reflects this as we supply established and emerging designers with a premium quality product. Feel free to contact me if this is of interest.


      • Ruby on September 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        Hi Nigel,

        I am looking to start a small business making handbags.
        Pls can you advise where you are based and contact details.

      • Susan O'Donnell on October 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

        Hi Nigel

        We are an internet based store specialsing in high quality, british made products. We are looking for suppliers to add to our store. Would you be interested in a chat about this?

      • Carmel Weir on February 20, 2018 at 8:40 am

        Hi we are interested in using tweed and leather in a weekender bag is this something you could do.
        I look forward to your reply.
        Best wishes

      • Mark Brazier-Jones on May 4, 2019 at 11:34 am

        nigel can you tell me your web site..

  12. Jennie on August 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hello, I am looking for UK based manufactures preferably based in South Wales,
    I am in the process of starting up a business which aims to sell ‘Excellent quality Leather bags and aftercare products’. I would also like to find a manufacture that would supply small quantities at first at reasonable rates and of course increase the amount overtime. I then hope to be able do develop my own ideas and designs.

    Any information or leads will be much appreciated
    Kind Regards

    • Gaynor Howell on December 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Jenny,

      We are based in South Wales and can help with the manufacture of small runs. Get in touch if you’re still looking.

      • Adam on September 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        Hi Gaynor could you send me your website address or location of your leather factory in South Wales.

        • Sally Harding on July 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

          Hi Gaynor, I would like to find out about your business as a possible match for producing leather/material bags, purses and belts for my brand. Many thanks.

      • Gaynor Coley on September 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

        Hi Gaynor
        Are you still producing small runs of handbags in the UK and if so could you please contact me
        Many thanks

      • Lily Chadwick on July 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        Hi Gaynor,

        I am interested in a manufacturer for leather goods, starting off in relatively small quantities with this increasing as we go on!

        Please get in contact if this is something you can provide.



        • joe on October 12, 2017 at 8:02 am

          HI Gaynor,

          I am starting up a business with leather bags but am looking for a manufacturer? could you send me your details



      • Lucy on April 12, 2018 at 5:45 am

        Hey am interested as well please get in touch 07393199530

      • GUY MATHIOT on July 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

        Hello, we are interested to meet you if you are a bag manufacturer . We are bag and textile goods design specialists based in Bristol.
        Best regards,
        Guy M.

  13. mary on September 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Hello – I am Looking for a leather handbag manufacturer in the East Anglia/London area.
    I have a design of a handbag that no one else has ever done – this is going to be the next Cambridge Satchel Company – only if I can find someone to make it for me please!

    • Nigel Eastaugh on September 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Mary,

      We are a specialist leather bag manufacturer in the East Midlands, and are happy to work with innovative designers.

      Please feel free to contact me to discuss your ideas.


      • md Rahman on September 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Hi Iam Rahman
        I am a sample maker for leather hand bags leadies wallets men’s wallet. I am looking job in UK kindly contact me “+919740233685

        • Sarah L on January 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

          Hi, Do you have an email address?

      • Josephine Lafe on August 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        Hi Nigel…

        please could you contact us regarding handbag manufacturing.


        many thanks Josephine

      • Lily Chadwick on July 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm

        Hi Nigel,

        What is the name of your leather bag manufacturing company please, do you have a website by any chance?



  14. Titti on September 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Hello, I’m looking for a manufacturer in the UK, London possibly, for a small production of coated fabric bags.

    Thanks for your help!

  15. Alexia on September 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    All I want is a manufacturer who will make me a one off bag. Do any exist anymore?

    • Nigel Eastaugh on September 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Alexia,

      We specialise in small runs and development of leather and fabric bags – please feel free to contact me if you are interested.



      • Gaynor Coley on September 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

        Hi Nigel
        Are you still producing handbags in small runs and if so could you please contact me
        Many thanks

  16. Gail Hall on October 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Tracy

    Just wondered, did you start/buy a manufacturing company? If so, where is this based? Also, do you solely manufacture your own designs?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  17. Imas on October 20, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I’m looking to do the same a luxury leather bag online store, seen some manufacturers in Italy bu th uk would be great.im open to go into business also if anyone is interested.

    Also any one found a. Manufacturer for own design

  18. Stewart on October 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm


    I came across this blog and the replies. I don’t have the web site up and running at this stage. I am, and have been working on plans, which are aimed at networking local sourced, skills, food, coppice woods, planting many millions of tress and run a collection of small farms.

    I studied conservation and I feel this will bring together the communities, lower our impact on the environment and keep people, skill training in work. This country could self-sufficient in food, root based food within eight the ten years. What’s this got to do with hand made bags. Well, I have a number of hand made suites, these where made in 1982, Hand made shoes, 1982. Other bits of clothing, which have lasted… They cost, but outlast a life time. This is one of the themes, which I am using as part of my promotional tools.

  19. Rachel Carr on December 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Junior.
    I have heard great things about your company from blogs and designers that have used your companies. I would like to send over a sketch for a bag. Do you have an email address for me to contact you on. I am not London based that’s all and not sure how to get my sketches to you.
    Kind Regards
    Rachel Carr

  20. Lee Allen on January 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm


    My Name is Lee, and i work for an italian children’s shoe brand called Lelli Kelly.
    Over the past couple of years the market for little girls school shoes has become very key area of our sales. So we are looking to broaden this collection with school accessories inc satchels/school bags etc..
    So i am looking for a factory/business to approach with a business model geared to run for many years and turning over several hundred per year, maybe more.
    If anyone out there is interested then please contact me on 07711318977 or email me at leeallen73@yahoo.co.uk

    kindest regards
    Lee Allen
    (Lelli Kelly)

  21. SIMON on January 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Samantha, we are from sheffield and are also own a small design label called propaganda,. We design and sell various kinds of bags. We are currently trying to source a new manufacturer based in the uk, preferably northish.
    Feel free to share any ideas and info, and I would do the same.
    I aslo have family near yourself in coton in the elms.



    • Linda Beck on September 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Simon,
      Also in Sheffield, looking for manufacturer own design, leather
      handbag, do you have any info?

    • Susan O'Donnell on October 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Hi Simon.. not sure if you are still in business but if so would you be interested in us selling your bags on our website? Drop me an email if you are and we can discuss this further.
      Many thanks

  22. mary jardine on February 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Thank you Diane for posting that comment. I am a handbag designer and would be horrified to be ripped off by someone like this. Do hope your experience hasn’t put you off from pursuing your search for a manufacturer.

  23. Buppha on February 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hi, my name is Buppha. I’m looking for manufacturer that make bags from all kinds of materials, and that they are willing to accept small amount of order to begin with. If it’s going good for me the amount will be increased over time. So, we both will make money. Please contact me at buppha37@gmail.com if you are a manufacture looking to work together with me. Thanks!

  24. Lesley Osborn on March 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    We are a West Midlands based UK manufacturer of textiles specialising in bags in PVC/Oilcloth fabric. We can make bespoke items using fabric supplied or we can arrange for your design to be printed in the UK. Please let us know if we can be of help.
    Thanks Lesley

    • tanya russo on July 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Hello lesley,

      My name is Tanya Russo and i am sending this enquiry to see if you can help me with my future business venture?

      I wish to produce a new brand of UK manufactured leather handbags. After conducting much research into the luxury designer handbag sector, i feel there is an opportunity to provide the high UK quality at reasonable prices (not the silly Mulberry prices!).

      I have a concept for the bag design, that is aimed at helping the lady to be more organised.

      I have been awarded a small amount of funding on behalf of the enterprise department at Northampton University, which i would use to produce my handbag samples/initial order.

      I am graduating this year from Northampton University, having studied a BA Hons degree in Advertising, therefore i have a confident level of marketing acumen, however i do lack the actual design skills.

      So would this be something that you could help me with? I do very much hope so as i truly believe this business will be successful, if given the opportunity from a UK leather manufacturer.

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

      Kind regards,

      Tanya Russo

    • lynne Cornish on September 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      hi Lesley
      can you please give me some contact details. we are looking to develop a small range of weekend bags and pack packs for our small business.

    • Sophie on May 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Hi I am looking for production for my PVC handbag line, if you can help could you please e-mail me at info@hirschygrace.com 🙂 Thank you

    • Carmel Weir on February 20, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Hi I’m looking for a weekend bag made from tweed and leather I can supply the tweed is this something you can do.
      I look forward to your reply.

  25. kerry on August 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Hi I am working to develop a ostrich leather handbag range and would like to work with someone in the UK – saw your email and thought I would drop you a line to explore some options – is it possible to give me your contact details please so I can get in touch? Thanks Kerry

  26. Billy on August 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I am a MA fashion design student in London, and am looking for bag manufacturer to produce or collaborate fabric bags of my final collection.

    If anyone has any contact or interested in, please kindly let me know, thank you! 🙂

    • Ellie on November 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm


      When you get a contact can you pass me it on please!!
      Desperately searching for one also!!


  27. Gemma on August 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm


    I am looking for a UK based factory/production house who could help in developing fabric bags – small/boutique runs of various designs.

    Be great if anybody out there could help? I am passionate about keeping production in the UK 🙂

    • Shuhena on September 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      I am also interested in doing the same, and keeping work in the UK so it is easily accessible as well, have you had any luck or responses?

  28. Shuhena on September 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm


    I am looking to start a UK based handbag business, i am looking for a UK based manufacturer, just wondered if anyone can help? Any numbers or emails will be appreciated massively.

  29. Charlotte on October 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I’m looking to start a company selling non-leather women’s handbags. I would be looking to hear from manufacturers who have experience making quality leather handbags but who can transfer their skills into making premium non-leather bags.

    Preferably based in the north! But willing to look elsewhere.

  30. les Maddams on December 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I am looking for a company in the UK that can make handbags to my design. All are retro designs in leather 1950s and 60s style.
    If you can help I can send details.

    • Dilys Brighty-Schmidt on January 2, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Les. Did you have any luck finding a manufacturer for your retro brand?

      Looking for same but selling in the US. Let me know. Best wishes. Dilys

      • Les on January 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        no luck..even tried links to China with no reply

        • Dilys on January 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm

          Hi Les I know it’s probing to be pretty difficult. I am in the US do thought it would be easier, but it’s not. Keep me posted if you get any luck UK side.

          Thanks Dilys

  31. Dilys Brighty-Schmidt on January 2, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Hi. My name us Dilys. I am currently looking for a UK handbag sample maker and manufacturer of small runs. My designs are based on retro 1940s for the American market and UK market. I am currently in the US but am a Brit and go to London regularly. If anyone has suggestions I would be eternally grateful. Thanks. Dilys

  32. Jenny on January 31, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Looking for someone who can make a tweed/ leather combination handbag in my exclusive tweeds that I have woven.

    • Shaan on July 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Bit late seeing this. But try Brady Bags.

      We had some tweed canvas bags made by them and if they aren’t too busy they may be able to get you a sample.

      • jenny macleod on October 24, 2017 at 10:28 am

        Thank you for this I shall try them

  33. Louise Packer on February 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm


    I am looking for a handbag manufacturer that is happy to produce a small run of my design as a start up business. I am based in North East London.

    Many thanks.


    • Susan O'Donnell on October 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Louise
      Hope you don’t mind me replying

      We are a internet based online store and we are always on the look out for new suppliers. We prefer to promote small independant businesses such as yourself.
      We’re now happy to call several suppliers partners, and have begun listing their products on the site. The site is in a state of flux at the moment until we complete the transformation which should be by the end of this month.

      Would you be interested in becoming a partner and allowing us to sell your products on our website?

      Susan O’Donnell

  34. Serandaz Khan on April 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Hi guys, what an interesting forum it is :), 95% of you guys are looking for uk based factory who can make ladies hand bags in small runs of average 10/15 bags per design.
    Few hours a go i was looking for same thing, but now i changed my mind. I am in clothing business including embroidery and printing from 25 years, and have very good contacts with leather upholstrers and textile manfacturers in UK, i am not promising anything but i will have meeting with few of my very telented people in Leather and textile industry and i think, there is gap in a market, and we will start ladies bag manfacturing for new designers and startup companies.
    I will be intouch.
    Take care & Make sure you all come to me 🙂

    • Mo on May 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Hi serandaz,.
      I am also looking for a UK manufacturer to make a small run of bags in leather and fabric, I would be very interested in hearing from you, where are you based?


    • Katie on August 3, 2017 at 12:50 am

      Hi Serandaz,

      I am in the process of starting up my own leather handbag company. I would just like 3 samples (3 designs) and all being good I would like approx 25 made of each design. Please do let me know if you find any manufacturers that would like to help a start up company. My email is katiehall_x@hotmail.co.uk.

      Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Ellie on November 27, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Serandaz,

      Please email me at ellie.misner@gmail.com I need your help!


  35. Hayley on June 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    If anyone is looking for British mineral tanned leather or hair on hide, straight from the farm, please contact us on hayley@hayleyhansonhide.co.uk or 01874 754211 thank you, our website is http://www.hayleyhanson.co.uk

  36. Trevor on July 17, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Everything is very open with a really coear explanation of the
    challenges. It was definitely informative. Your site is extremely helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  37. lucas souza on September 14, 2017 at 9:43 am


    I am looking for a factory / production house based in the UK that could help in developing handbags and briefcases – small / boutique of various designs.

  38. Chyrian on March 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Hi,I am looking for a bag manufacturer to produce a messenger/laptop bag for my company. Initially,I’d like request for a few samples and I’d be willing to discuss mass production.
    I will be very glad if anyone with the necessary qualifications or advice could contact me on 07341326544 or cj1900a@gmail.com
    Kind regards

  39. Jodie on April 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Hi I am looking for a Uk based manufacturer also who I can work with to create my bag brand I am looking for fabric and leather specialists If they exsists under the same roof excellent if not happy to work with multiple suppliers to bring my brand and ideas to life small orders to start as this will be a new start up company if anyone could help I would appreciate it ??

  40. Lucy on April 12, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Am also looking fo a small production factory to make me handbags with African wax print please get in touch if you know any

  41. Zsófia on June 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Hungarian student learning on University of Art and Design in Budapest with specification leather design and printed textile design is looking for leather manufactury in London where she could work in this sommer. Important is to improve the skills, learn new techniques and practice the language. If you have interest, please give me your e-mail adress and I will send a small presentation about my previous works.

  42. Sarah Dunbar on July 3, 2018 at 5:19 am


    I am looking for a manufacturer in the UK to make a small run of clutch bags I have designed, and hopefully grow in quantities. Is there any manufacturers that can help me?

    Thanks very much

  43. Philippa Mackenzie on November 6, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Hi I’m looking for a UK based non-leather bag manufacturer who can make baby change bags. I have had a prototype and sales sample made in Turkey but am struggling with material availability etc. I’d be interested in any relevant company contacting me to discuss. Like most start-ups I’m looking for initial small order runs of 100 pieces but would increase as soon as the business grows. I’m based in East Anglia so for logisitics reasons would love to hear from manufacturers particularly East Anglia/South East or London. However am happy to hear from anyone in the UK! My email: pswmackenzie@aol.com
    No website yet!

  44. Nathan on December 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Hi I’m looking for a small run of duffle bags to be made, initially a prototype using fabric and leather, the leather to be hand stitched, can anyone help?

  45. Kay on April 26, 2019 at 10:46 am


    Im looking for a UK Manufacturer for canvas bag using a heavy weight canvas cotton – Pattern and prototype are ready.

    Thanks Kay

  46. Esmeralda M Kelly on April 18, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Hi I was wondering if somebody can help me find a manufacturer of VEGAN leather. I am a business start-up looking for manufacturers of vegan leather handbags. I would like to request information about your prices and minimum orders for customized vegan leather handbags. I have a simple tote bag design in mind witch matching sleeve for ipad or laptop etc (I have a picture as a showmodel). I live in Curacao and I would like to start a small. And hoping to grow in the future.

    If you can give me more information about your product and services, Minimum orders etc; I would appreciate a lot.

    Thank you,

    Esmeralda Kelly

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