The modern traveller, hiker or person about town can still carry or ship the right bag or luggage; a British-made bag, rucksack, suitcase or trunk. In no particular order, here are some great British made bags, handbags, rucksacks, suitcases, wallets, pouches and trunks.
Logicline Trunks Ltd was established in 1996. They are the largest dedicated trunk maker in Europe and trunks are the only product they manufacture, so they know all there is to know about them. Logicline use traditional methods of manufacture to produce a top quality product, at a good price and give excellent customer service. There are lots of types and sizes to choose from and they also make bespoke trunks. http://www.storagetrunks.co.uk Highly recommended *
- “Our birch plywood comes from sustainable forests in Latvia.
- Our alloy sheet and trim comes from UK based suppliers and is of aircraft grade.
- Our ABS is designed especially for our trunks and is a UK made profile for Logicline trunks.
- Our fittings are supplied by a UK company that has specialised in fittings for 80 years.
- Our bonding adhesive is purchased from northern UK and uses non toxic ingredients for safe use.
- Our rivets are supplied by a British firm that specialises in rivet manufacture.
- Our polyester material is manufactured and supplied by a company based in the northeast of England.
- Our lining paper is from sustainable forests and in southern England.”
The H.J. Cave & Sons (founded in 1839) ‘Osilite’ case, is a strong and light trunk that was used on the 1933 Everest Expedition. The trunk was popular as an early flight case. It is still made today in the UK. They also make handbags. The company produces a small number of exclusive bespoke lines in small production runs.
The English Trunk Company trunks and tuck boxes are made in Britain. The trunks themselves are manufactured for them in Cambridgeshire and the fabrics they cover them with are all made in English mills – http://englishtrunkco.co.uk
Mossman Trunks, since 1938, are made in Britain. 5 Star Cases Limited acquired Mossman in early 2001 and now forms part of its product portfolio. Using traditional methods of manufacture, Mossman trunks are made from quality plywood to which has been bonded a covering of either PVC or Aluminium. http://www.mossman-trunks.co.uk
5 Star Cases Limited are made at the same factory as Mossman Trunks. Flight cases, console cases, foam inserts, DJ cases, plasma screen cases, equipment cases and so on. Catches on trunks are usually made by Wilkes. Wilkes manufacture case fittings, hinges, corners, angles, toggles, locks and trunk fittings at their factory,
Samuel Wilkes Engineering Ltd. in the West Midlands, England. F.H.Tomkins Buckle Co. Ltd. have acquired the lock & fittings company C.W. Cheney & Son Ltd. and, whilst they have moved production to Walsall in the West Midlands, they are still manufacturing suitcase locks and so in the UK – http://www.fhtomkins.com
Topper Cases manufacture flight cases, ABS cases, pilot cases and soft bags in England, off-the-shelf or bespoke, in any quantity. Prices are not shown on their website, so you will have to contact them to ask. They also sell foreign made brands.
Flightcase UK make custom flight cases, custom made cases and protective cases in the UK.
Dragon Cases manufacture (in the UK) custom flight cases, poly cases, fibre transit cases, trunks and stitched padded bags for the storage and transport of fragile and technical equipment – http://www.dragoncases.co.uk
Montrose Rope and Sail Company Ltd, founded in 1789, make tarpaulin covers and under their Montrose Bag Company name, bags. Their industrial covers and tarpaulins, domestic covers and tarpaulins, oil and gas covers, and specialised covers are made in Scotland. Products include agricultural covers, vehicle covers, industrial curtains, lorry curtains, machine covers, market stall covers, shop canopies, silo covers, trailer covers, work store covers, trailer covers, yurts, speaker covers, boat covers, boot liners, awnings, trampoline covers, oil and gas industry covers, caravan awnings, tractor cover, etc all of which appear to be British made. The Montrose Bag Company make rucksacks, holdalls, travel bags, tote bags, motorcycle wheel bags, messenger bags, tablet pouches, game bags, tool pouches, grab bags, etc in durable PVC and they all appear to be British made. Trade or retail. Their bags can be purchased from their website or are available to buy from their reception in Montrose in Scotland. They will also personalise bags with a badge of your choice and will make bespoke bags.
M24 bags twitter tagline is “Recycled truck tarpaulin bags handmade in the UK.” They make backpacks, messenger bags, duffle bags and totes. They have a shop in Brighton and products are available from their website. Each bag is unique because of the variety of lorry curtains (truck tarps) used – https://www.m-24.co.uk
Brick Lane Bikes, a bicycle shop in London, sell a Restrap messenger bag which is made in Yorkshire, England – https://www.bricklanebikes.co.uk/restrap-pack-messenger-bag-digital-camo
Poli & Jo tote bags and tote bags / back packs, made using canvas off old Land Rovers, are made in England. I saw these nice looking exclusive bags at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 30th September 2018 – https://poliandjo.com
Proflight Bags make custom bags, emergency bags, industrial bags and covers in the UK. They are part of the Specialised Canvas group who make flags, flagpoles, banners and suchlike – http://www.proflightbags.co.uk/#
CPL Felthams, found in 1878, design and manufacture bags in cotton and other re-usable packaging for a variety of uses and these are made at their factory in March, Cambridgeshire. Their product portfolio includes cotton shoppers, small drawstring sachets and bags for foods and promotions as well as made to measure sample cases and protective bags. Trade only – http://www.cplfelthams.co.uk
Carpet Bags of England of Weston-super-Mare make “Heirloom Quality Carpet and Leather Bags” which are “Handmade in England!”. Their twitter tagline is “I am a member of the Guild of Mastercraftsmen and design & personally handcraft each traditionally styled genuine Carpet & Leather Bags one at a time” – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CarpetBagsOfEngland
The Tube seat fabric is known as moquette, a mix of wool with a small percentage of polyester, and well known for its hard wearing, durable, fire resistant and not-showing-the-dirt qualities, is still woven in Yorkshire. You can buy dog collars and coats using the fabric at the London Transport Museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, bags, handbags, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. These are made in England by Matt Fothergill (see below) using moquette fabric. Whilst a lot of stuff in the London Transport Museum Shop is made in China, they do stock a very good range of UK made products too, including notebooks, calendars, throws, scarves, and sweets – http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/moquette.html
Harrods make a poor show in their gift bags range – I could find only one design that was made in the UK in January 2018 (pictured below). You may find a few other British made items in Harrods – https://www.harrods.com/en-gb
Ohyo collapsable water bottles are made in England. Disappointingly the Ohyo Bag is now foreign made. On the Ohyo website the Ohyo Bottle rightly proudly states it is made in England. From their kickstarter campaign I know Ohyo’s original intention with the Ohyo Bag was that it would be made in London by Jas Sehmbi in his London workshop, where the prototypes were made. It was great that it was being manufactured in London by Jas Sehmbi at Jas MB Ltd. However I now understand from their second kickstarter campaign manufacturing now takes place overseas. As I say, disappointing.
Sholley Trolley are part shopping trolley and part walking aid, and it folds flat for storage and is “made in Britain”. On their website they say “…all Sholleys are assembled at our own factory…” in Clacton-on-Sea. They don’t provide any detailed information about where they source their components but they do say in the brochure “Every Sholley is produced and manufactured in the UK to the very highest speci cations and standards” and “100% manufactured in the UK”. They also factory shop and sell petite sizes for smaller people. the company has been around for over 35 years, being founded in 1983. They also make the Donkee an outsize heavy duty Shopping/Multi task Trolley and the Little Donkee range for people wanting something bigger than a standard shopping trolley but not a full size Donkee. Donkee Trolleys are again “Designed and manufactured in the UK” and are for shopping, equestrian use, fishing use, leisure us, and carting around equipment for older and younger people – https://www.sholley.com – http://www.donkee.co.uk
SodaKitsch bags and accessories are made in Scotland. They say on their Facebook page “We are an Edinburgh based Handbag and Small Accessories Studio, where all our items are lovingly hand-crafted. We Design, Cut, Print and Stitch everything in our studio in Edinburgh” and on their website they say “We source only the finest vegetable tanned leather and bridle hide from Britain” and they “use British solid-cast brass buckles, locks and fittings” – https://sodakitsch.co.uk
Coates English Willow (PH Coate and Son), founded in1819, are basket makers, and makers of willow artist’s charcoal. powdered charcoal for artists and filtration purposes, and ground charcoal for pyrotechnics in Somerset. They say on their website that their willow products are “all hand made in Somerset, England”. They make willow baskets, garden structures, and willow hurdles and fences and products are available from their online shop – http://www.englishwillowbaskets.co.uk
Levels Basket Centre is a retail supplier of natural wicker products such as wicker baskets, storage baskets, laundry baskets, and wicker chairs. They sell Somerset-made baskets and foreign made baskets. UK made products are labelled as such on their website from where they are available. They also have an Amazon online shop. Many of their products are foreign made – http://www.thewickerbasket.co.uk
Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap. Available from their website and elsewhere (for example in the London Transport Museum Shop) – http://www.victoriaeggs.com
Bags-n-Aprons of Grimsby sell large drawstring type bags specifically for storage of Duvets/Quilts/Blankets/Bedding which are made in the UK, made in the UK ladies knickers and briefs, made in the UK ladies overalls, a made in the UK novelty beer apron, drawstring bags in a variety of sizes and plain colours most of which are made in the UK (they appear to make these bags themselves), and made in the uK Highcross men’s underwear. Their other items all appear to be imported. They have an eBay shop called apronman2011 – http://bags-n-aprons.co.uk
Lindon UK are manufacturers of textile items. They manufacture in England teddy bear outfits and accessories (the actual teddy bears they sell are foreign made), purses, drawstring bags, shoulder bags, adult bibs, aprons, children’s clothes, pram sheets, tote bags, ladies dresses and skirts, curtains, etc. Trade or retail. Prices are very reasonable. Teddy bear clothing products are available from their website and a range of their products are available from their eBay shop.
Cambrian Woollen Mill British wool woollen socks are fabulous. Medium weight (to heavy weight) I would say and plenty long enough, they are perfect for everyday wear with boots. Being 90% British wool they are as close as you can get to 100% wool and still retain some wear resistance. I got my green ones from Bison Bushcraft. Based in Wales, Cambrian Mill design, weave and manufacture wool products, such as socks, purses, ties, dog coats, scarves, shawls, cushions, picnic blankets, blankets, throws, baby blankets, and Welsh tartan scarves – all made at their mill in Wales. Cambrian Woollen Mill is located just north of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. There is or at least was a Cambrian Mill Gift Shop & Heritage Centre and it seems at least part of the mill was up for sale during 2016. Very little information about the mill or the company is given on their website – http://www.cambrianmill.co.uk
ODD make their garden furniture, in England. All ODD’s Fabrics are available by the metre and are printed in England and woven in Scotland. They clothes and bags are made in England., as are their blankets, throws, cushions and pouffes. Their tribal rugs are foreign made – http://www.oddlimited.com
Klobbabags, founded in 2006, make bags including duffle bags, sausage shaped bags, tote bags, zipped tote bags, wash bags, wet bags, and make-up bags . They say on this website that their bags are “British made to the highest quality, these fun waterproof bags are spacious enough for all of life’s Klobba”. No information is given on their website about where they source their raw materials from but the bags themselves seem to all be made in Shropshire – http://klobbabags.com
20th Century Cloth say on their website “All my products are designed in London and manufactured in the UK”. They sell interior fabrics (printed in the UK; it does not say where the fabrics are from or where they are milled), lampshades, fashion fabrics (printed in the UK; it does not say where the fabrics are from or where they are milled), make up bags, wash bags, and pocket mirrors – https://20thcenturycloth.com
“Cley Hill are one of the very few leather goods manufacturers who continue to produce all of their handcrafted products here in England” according to their website. They make leather bags in Somerset for men and women – washbags, wallets, key fobs, weekend bags, pouches, leather aprons for men; tote bags, backpacks, shoulder bags, and pouches for women – https://www.cleyhill.com
Billy Tannery say on their website “We proudly source and manufacture in Britain, with a focus on celebrating our uniquely sustainable goat leather with a growing range of products.” They have their own micro-tannery and their bags are made for them in either Somerset or Leicestershire. Products are made from gait leather. They also tell us “We have built a close relationship with local family-run leather finishing company, Blenkinsop Leathers, who add the final touches to our leather before it is ready for use.” See below. Billy Tannery sell very exclusive backpacks, briefcases, aprons, card holders and suchlike – https://billytannery.co.uk
Blenkinsop Leathers Limited are a leather finishing company in Northamptonshire, established in 1989. “Producing an extensive range of work Blenkinsop Leathers Ltd. is one of the few remaining leather factories within the United Kingdom to have full wet and dry end facilities on site.” They work on items like shoe linings, shoe uppers, bag leathers, belt leathers, leather accessories, equestrian leathers, re-enactment leathers and so on for the trade – http://www.blenkinsopleathers.com/
Jinny Wessel leather goods are made in Somerset, England. The leather used is Italian though and the thread used is French made. Handbags, messenger bags, tech-cases, travel wallets, wallets and shoulder bags – http://www.jinnywessel.co.uk
Grafea, founded in 2005, make leather backpacks, leather rucksacks, leather handbags, leather camera bags, leather satchels and leather briefcases, for women and men. They say on their google tagline “all our bags are handmade in Manchester” and have the words “Made in England” at the top of their webpages. Individual items on their website clearly state country of origin and all products seem to be made in the UK – http://www.grafea.co.uk
Whitehouse Cox in Walsall is a luxury leather goods brand, all handmade in England using mainly Bridle Leather. Specialists in wallets, purses, notecases and other small leather goods – https://whitehouse-cox.co.uk
VVA handbags are made in Britain, although the nickel silver components used are manufactured overseas. The leather used is either British or Italian but I don’t know how you tell which use British leather from their website – http://www.vva.co.uk
Jane Shilton handbags, like the one in the picture below, used to be made in England. Sadly Jane Shilton products are now all foreign made.
Make it British list their top 50 British made bags – the focus of this article from July 2017 is on some great British made handbags and it lists some bags I have not had the chance to feature on my site yet.
Rural Kind bags are “designed and made in the hills of Wales”. They say on their website that they “aim to source … materials (wherever possible) from small, like-minded British manufacturers” and “We use a thick 18oz (pre-wax weight) cotton canvas with a traditional waxed finish, sourced from a factory in Scotland that has been producing waxed fabrics for 150 years” and “From a small, centuries old tannery hidden away in Devon we source thick (3-4mm) English bridle leather…” and “The Devon tannery uses only local hides.” Glasses cases, tote bags, rucksacks, musettes, pouches, card wallets, pencil cases, folios, billfolds, organising trays, cord wraps, key carriers, and gardening bags – http://www.ruralkind.com
Matt Fothergill leather goods are made in England. They also make fabulous Moquette products for the London Transport Museum Shop (see above). Bags, handbags, briefcases, cushions, placements, wallets, purses, belts, jackets, gilets, shooting accessories, guitar straps, etc. No country of information is given against individual products, so I am not sure if all their products are made in England. Please check before buying – http://www.mattfothergill.com
Marlborough World leather goods and stainless steel hip flasks are all made in England – A very nice range of products such as stainless steel hip flasks, weekend bags, shoulder bags, bucket bags, tote bags, messenger bags, rucksacks, technology cases, document cases, desk accessories, military wet packs, satchels, cartridge bags, gun slips, etc – http://www.marlboroughworld.com/
Pittards has production facilities (a tannery) in the UK in Yeovil, England and also abroad. They now do finished products as well continuing leather production. Their England Collection is made in the UK by Pittards. Daines and Hatherway products are made in England. Many, but not all, other finished leather products from Pittards are foreign made. Made in England items are clearly labeled as such. Country of origin is not given for foreign made products. Examples of UK made leather products by Petards include the Daines and Hathaway range (luggage tags, technology cases, hip flasks, passport covers, purses, wallets, pouches, notebook covers, folding travel tidy trays, tidy trays, stud boxes, cufflink boxes, watch rolls, watch boxes, jewellery boxes, wash bags, leather messenger bags, document cases, and holdalls), plus shopper bags, satchels, rucksacks, leather t-shirts, leather skirts, leather jackets, leather shoulder bags, clutch bags, and leather tote bags. They have manufacturing facilities (a tannery) Ethiopia where they also source much of their raw material (sheep leather) and they make finished products elsewhere in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa city. Other production is outsourced to factories in Asia. Some leather production remains in Somerset and they make leathers for other manufacturers to use, working with makers small and large. For example they supply the leather used in New Balance UK made trainer collection. They also also the owners of Daines and Hatherway leather goods and travel accessory makers in Walsall, England who they rescued from bankruptcy in 2008. Daines and Hathaway were originally founded in 1922. Pittards can trace its origin back to 1826. The company are currently trying to reacquire the freehold to the somerset factory which they had previously sold and leased back.
Thomas Ware and Sons Ltd, established in 1840, is a traditional leather tannery, best known in the shoe trade where they supply sole leather to the shoe manufacturing and repair markets. They also supply equestrian leather including saddle straps , bridle, stirrup and harness; industrial leathers including leather belting and friction leathers: leather for leather goods including wallets belts and briefcases; and speciality leathers including cricket balls and dog lead leather. They appear to have maintained some production in the UK, in Bristol, and they use UK hides for some products such as leather for leather goods, leather for shoe soles and leather for some equestrian products. It is not clear from their website whether they outsource some leather production abroad – http://thomasware.co.uk
Pickett sell exclusive British made leather goods (many using British leather) for men and women including belts, briefcases, credit card cases, cufflink boxes, watch boxes, jewellery boxes, folios, gloves, key rings, hip flasks, holdalls, suit covers, back packs, carry-on sized suitcases, technology cases, tidy trays, socks, keys cases, luggage tags, passport covers, cheque book covers, pencil cases, tote bags, umbrellas, etc most of which are made in England. Some items such as scarves, slippers though seem to be foreign made – http://www.pickett.co.uk
Under Cover make leather goods in the UK. Purses, notebooks, travel goods (travel organisers, luggage tags, passport holders, travel card holders, travel games, make-up bags, sketchbooks, notebooks, pouches, book marks, leather envelopes, document holders, tidy trays, messenger bags, tote bags, i-phone covers, keyring, earphone cases, etc.), photo albums, notebooks, address books, leather envelopes, guest books, portfolios, pencil cases, diaries, bags, tote bags, clutch bags, coin purses, etc. Most items are made in the UK – http://www.undercoveruk.com
Launer London, a favourite handbag make of the Queen, are a Royal Warrant Holder. Their elegant and exclusive handbags and accessories in the finest leather are (all?) made In England. Handbags, wallets, purses, and accessories. Their website says “handcrafted in England” at the top of most pages and their twitter tagline says “made in England” but actually they do not give much information about where their raw materials come from or their manufacturing process – http://launer.com
Thorndale seem to make their bags, knitwear and outerwear in the UK for men and women, although whether it is all made in the UK I am not sure so you will need to ask before buying. Most products on their website do not give country of origin. The company was established in 1980 and I do not think they manufacture themselves. Their twitter tagline says “LUXURY BAGS FOR MEN AND WOMEN – INDIVIDUALLY HANDCRAFTED IN STAFFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND” (no mention of clothing here) and on their website they say “All Thorndale garments are still manufactured in the heart of the UK by devoted and talented technicians” (no mention of bags here). Products are available from their website – http://thorndale.co.uk
William & Irene accessories are all made in the UK – bow ties, cufflinks, bags, e-cigarette pouches, handbags, clutch bags, hand muffs, scarves and neckwear, covered buttons, barrier face masks, cossack hats, keyrings – They also have an eBay shop. On their website and their eBay shop they say “All of our goods are produced in house on the coast of South Wales, UK, by our small family run business” – https://www.williamandirene.com
Hettie bags, accessories and pet products – tote bags, cross body bags, handbags, technology cases, and cosmetic cases in dot and square designs, some with with detachable flowers, made of wool made by Moon – are British made. Their sewing is done by Vgtec. They say on their website ” Our mission is to make fresh, elegant and simple accessories here in Britain that you’ll want to keep forever. We are proud to be British made”. They also say “A collection offering quality British made accessories inspired by classic traditional fabrics. We are family run and involved in our product from design to finish. At Hettie, we have chosen to make our products here in Britain from British woven wool. They are not mass produced or outsourced, but made by craftsmen and women with old fashioned attention to detail. We are proud to support British manufacturing and the British workforce.” They make dog coats, dog harnesses, dog collars and dog leads too. The company were newly formed in late 2015. Products are available from their website – http://www.hettie.co.uk
Morgan + Wells of York leather wallet, passport covers, key rings, and dog collars are made in the UK. They say on their website “Each Morgan + Wells design is handmade in Great Britain to ensure the highest quality and to support our manufacturing heritage” – https://www.morganandwells.co.uk
Weldon Bags produces a range of waxed cotton & leather bags in the UK. The company was established in 2012. On their website they say “Halley Stevensons in Dundee provide our finest 18oz waxed cotton fabrics and the Metropolitan Leather Co in Northampton are our leather merchants. Every bag is hand cut, assembled & packaged in our workshop, we believe in bringing manufacturing back to Great Britain.” Of their suppliers, Halley Stevensons are a British manufacturer (although I don’t know if all their fabrics are made in Britain) and the Metropolitan Leather Co are leather merchants and there is no suggestion they use British leather, although they do say on their website that they are “one of only a few still finishing leather by hand in the U.K.” – http://www.weldonbags.com
Natthakur say on their twitter “British made leather gifts & accessories”. They sell leather bags and clutches, purses, key rings, and coin pouches. All products are made in the UK. They have told me that “Every part of the manufacturing process is based in the UK” – http://www.natthakur.com
Tura on their twitter describe themselves as “a family-owned manufacturer of premium belts and leather goods based in East-London.” In the about section of their website they seem to be saying they manufacture in the UK, but all-in-all their website is rather vague. I get the impression they are a trade supplier – http://www.turalondon.com
Milomade (Evie Milo) make a range of Jewellery, Stationery, Accessories & Decorations handcrafted in Scotland from recycled materials. Jewellery, badges, bags, hair accessories, envelopes, gift tags, greetings cards, notepads, etc – milomade.co.uk
Chase and Wonder sell stationery and gifts all made in Britain. They say on their website that they are a brand “focussed on producing only the highest quality designs and products, all of which are proudly made in Britain”. Products include prints, greetings cards, wrapping paper, writing sets, notebooks, handkerchiefs, purses, pencil cases, wash bags, napkins, tote bags, and cushions – all made in Great Britain – http://www.chaseandwonder.com
“JIM BAG offers a range of premium gym and lifestyle accessories for the modern man and woman who wants to keep fit but doesn’t want to define who he is.” Plainly a take on the word ‘gym’, their bags (barrel bags, rucksacks, duffle bags), washbags and hoodies are all reasonably priced and are all “Designed, manufactured and sold in Great Britain…”. JIM BAG “bags are for the gym, the pitch, the pool, the track; its for the overnight stay, it’s for the airport!”. Quotes taken from the Jim Bag Facebook site – http://www.jimbag.co.uk
Tom Brown’s Satchels are made in Britain, as are their e-reader cases. They also sell trunks but it does not say on their website that these are made in Britain, so check before considering buying these, as they are very possibly foreign made – http://www.tombrownssatchelsoxford.com
British Leather Straps (britishleatherstraps) on eBay have the words “made in England” and a little Union Flag logo on their eBay shop. They sell English made guitar and instrument straps by Leathegraft, and a wide range of made in the UK leather satchels, plus UK made dog harnesses and leads – http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/britishleatherstraps?_trksid=p2047675.l2559&cn=bWVzc2FnZQ%3D%3D
The Leather Satchel Co of Liverpool has a tagline on the front page of their website stating “British Made Leather Satchels, Bags and Accessories since 1966”. In their FAQs they say “All of our products are hand crafted by us in our design workshop, based in Liverpool, England. We do not source our products from anywhere else or supply products from any other organisations. We proudly make our own products in England using highly skilled crafts people as we have always done so throughout our unique heritage”. They say they try to source their leather and other materials locally but sometimes source from within the EU. They make leather traditional classic satchels, cross body bags, music bags, tote bags, saddlebag style bags, backpacks, briefcase satchels, keyring and shoulder pads. Products are available from their website – http://www.leathersatchel.com
Trunki suitcases for children. Trunki have factories that manufacture for them in the UK, US and China. As of May 5th 2012, the company’s 6th Birthday, Trunki expanded their production into the UK. The first Trunki to roll off the production line was the Team GB Trunki, and by the end of 2012 it is claimed all Trunki suitcases sold in the UK will have been made there too. All UK made cases will be stamped “Made in England” (from Wikipedia). With careful selection your Trunki case can now be a UK made one. Here is an article about their UK manufacturing. British Family review Trunki here. Country of origin is not given on their website, so you will need to ask or read the label. Be aware that Trunki do still make some cases and other products abroad – https://www.trunki.co.uk
Some Brightkidz high visibility accessories are made in Britain (those that are, are clearly labelled as such on their website), including a reflective sash for adults and children, some reflective armbands and stickers, key rings, badges, zip clips, reflective tags, lace reflectors, spoke reflectors, snap bands, children’s reflective tabards and waistcoats, book bags, PE bags, duffle bags, and so on – http://www.brightkidz.co.uk
Honey & Toast sell leather bags & accessories for children and sometimes grown ups too. They say on their website “Our entire collection is made by hand in Somerset.” The printed leather comes from the Midlands, and the solid colours are sourced from Holland – http://www.honeyandtoast.co.uk
Foster and Son make their exclusive luggage, suitcases, attache cases, briefcases, backgammon boards, portfolios and other bags in London, off-the-shelf or bespoke.
Sprigasaurus up-cycle fabrics (such as old coffee bags used to bring coffee to the UK) into bags and children’s coats. Most products appear to be hand made in Cornwall, but you will want to check a particular product is made in Britain before buying – http://www.sprigasaurus.co.uk
Susie Faulks oilcloth ladies bags, made in England and totally free from animal products & PeTA approved.
The Charlie Noble range consists of a handmade bat and ball set, a steel boule set, and a bag to carry them in. The company was established in 2013. The Charlie Noble bag, its labels and tags are all stitched, sewn and embossed in London. The bats are bonded, cut, shaped, sanded and varnished in England. The boule are laser engraved in England and made in France. The drawstring bags are finished, coated with fluorocarbons, embroidered and sewn in England. The leather for the Charlie Noble bag is sourced from a Scottish producer. The cotton backing is weaved in England and the marine fabric lining is of US origin. The maple and walnut, which make up the bats, are sourced from Canada and North America. The boxes they use to send out the Charlie Noble range are manufactured locally to them, in Swindon. Information on this brand was taken from Make it British and the Charlie Noble website – http://www.charlienoble.co.uk
The Pattern Guild make their products in England. They say on their website “Our products are made in England using the best materials in order to guarantee quality in every single product.
Our fabric is also printed and woven in England.” They sell made in England sweatshirts, canvas weekend bags, tote bags, pouches, pencil cases, scarves, cushions, card holders, and greetings cards. They also sell t-shirts which are screen printed in London, although the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. They have a stall on London’s Covent Garden market, which is where I first saw this company on 20/1/16 and the products look really good – http://thepatternguild.co.uk
Sourced manufacture British made Truck Tarp messenger bags, tote bags, wash bags & macbook cases. These bags are made from upcycled lorry curtains that are being thrown out after thousands of miles on the road networks of Europe. This thick, waterproof material would otherwise end up in landfill and produces unique bags due to logo designs left on the material from it’s previous life. Their products are reasonably priced – http://www.sourcedlife.co.uk
Funky Filly do a range of pink coloured girl’s best friend featuring horses that are made in England. The range includes a cotton drawstring bag, cushion, duvet set, a washbag in 2 sizes, lunchbag, cosmetic bag, purse, coin purse, pencil case, and beauty bag. Everything else they sell is foreign made. Their products are available on their website and on Amazon – http://www.funkyfilly.com
Wyatt and Jack make bags from reclaimed deckchair, windbreak and beach fabrics. Materials come from all over Britain and on their website it says their products are British made – http://www.wyattandjack.com
KaboodleBag. For all your wet and muddy Kit. KaboodleBags are water resistant tubs / bags that stay open when placed on the ground, turn into a bag when carried, and can be rolled up. Made in the UK – http://www.kaboodlebag.co.uk
I found these nice made in the UK duffle bags* pictured below on eBay. They are made by KD Technic. KD Technic make all their heavy duty covers and bags in the UK – wellington boot bags, duffle bags, extension reel bags, Ghillie Kettle bags, car seat covers, clothes peg bags, garden tractor covers, pool table covers, snooker table covers, garden furniture covers, spare wheel bags, parasol covers, rotary washing line covers, BBQ covers, fishing bags and covers, caravanning bags, aprons. and so on. Good quality and very reasonably priced, their products are available by telephoning them (trade or retail; off the shelf or bespoke) or on their eBay shop – http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/kdt0114 http://www.kdtechnic.co.uk
Original Peter record bags are made in England. They use Italian made canvas and British made brass fittings their website does not specify where the cotton straps or leather used is sourced. The bags themselves are made by Brady Bags in Walsall – http://www.originalpeter.com
Applied Thoughts manufacture and import laundry bags, laundry hampers and net bags. Primarily serving the commercial market (nursing homes, schools, hospitals, sports clubs, riding stables, etc.), their range of laundry supplies and bags is also available for online purchase to individuals. On their website they state “many of our products are made in the UK and others are imported…”. They also supply school bags, backpacks, shoulder bags, holdalls, boots bags, cool bags, plastic bags, and laundry trolleys and carts. Unfortunately they do not list country of origin on their websites, so you will need to ask if a particular product is UK made before buying – http://www.washingnet.co.uk/en/
Crooked as Another say on their website “All Items are hand crafted in York, England from the cutting to the sewing and finishing of each carfefully hand crafted piece.” Leather from Italy is used for all of their leather products. Canvas products are made from British made, military grade canvas. They do not say where fittings are made, so presumably they are foreign made. Messenger bags, wash bags, wallets, cat collars, technology cases, pencil cases, shoulder bags, clutch bags, purses, a doctors bag, etc – http://www.crookedasanother.com
The Little Clutch Bag Company, founded in 2013, “specialise in manufacturing womens clutch bags using the very best materials manufactured in the UK. All products are manufactured in England…The materials used are sourced from tanneries and merchants in the United Kingdom” – http://www.thelittleclutchbagcompany.co.uk
Sea Salt Cornwall have a small range of made in the UK kit bags and shopping bags.
Paul Newell Sails say on their website “All our bags are handmade by ourselves & experienced sailmakers at No6 Sail loft, beside the sea on the Isle of Wight, Great Britain.” They make kit bags & holdalls, sports bags, crew bags, duffle bags, wash bags and other products for the home and beach. Bags are made from recycled or new sailcloth and can be personalised – http://www.paulnewellsails.com
Reefer make recycled and new material sailcloth and canvas bags, duffle bags, washbags, iPad and IPhone cases, bunting, pet products, keyrings, passport covers, luggage tags, deckchairs, windbreaks and other great stuff in England. Reefer repurpose retired and discarded material and say on their website that where possible they “make use of UK based suppliers and manufacturers”. Products are made in Devon England. Products available seem to very over time – http://www.reefersails.com
Cleat by Reef Tide London is a device which stylishly secures your bag acting as a deterrent to opportunistic theft and lets you hang your bag off the floor easily. Cleats are manufactured in the UK and their website carries the Made in Britain marque. Cleats and straps are available separately on their website. The cleats themselves feature Swarovski crystals, which I suspect are not made in the UK – http://www.reeftide.com
Chapman make bags in England, including luxury soft canvas suitcases, holdalls, handbags, shoulder bags and rucksacks. Most handbags and other products from the
English Cowhide Company leather goods are all made in Britain. Handbags, satchels, rugs, hides, beanbags, leather cubes, cushions, stools, leather aprons, belts, etc – http://www.englishcowhidecompany.co.uk
Nuwold, make leather goods and umbrellas. Some leather goods for men and women (such as bags, purses) are made in England (others such as wallets seem to be foreign made) using Italian leather and their umbrellas are made in England (with foreign made mechanisms as no-one makes umbrella frames in England anymore). This seem to be a new company (as of 2015) – http://www.nuwold.com
Esther Porter TENT bags are made from tents reclaimed at music festivals. Each bag is handmade in England. Rucksacks, holdalls, barrel bags and satchels. http://www.estherporter.co.uk https://twitter.com/EstherPorterBag
Cotswold Aquarius make high quality British made bags designed for fishing, shooting, equestrianism, photography, business, fashion and travel. Off-the-shelf or bespoke. They make for example fold away portable dog bowls, dog collars, a waterproof dog bed, fishing gear, portable seats, welling boot bags, a barbed wire coverer, shoulder bags, laptop bags, shooting bags, gaiters, stuff sacks, a pile pillow pad, camera bags, rucksacks, carry-alls, cool bags, soft-sided bags, satchels, manbags, handbags, a utility belt, a waterproof draw cord bag to keep a toilet roll in, holdalls, and a soft-sided shoulder-strapped suitcase style carryall. Cotswold Aquarius state on their website that they “are extremely proud of the fact that every item we produce has been designed and hand crafted here in Great Britain”.* http://www.cotswoldaquarius.co.uk/
Lone Angler by Trefor West supplies British made fishing products (or at least the vast majority of what they sell is British made), including a range of British made fishing bags. http://www.loneangler.co.uk
P. Ogden manufacture bespoke luggage and bags in England. All types of luggage are manufactured in the United Kingdom including:
- Promotional Bags
- Display Bags
- Kitchen Door Bags
- Bespoke Hunting & Shooting Bags , Gunslips, Lamping Belts, Pigeon Decoy Bags
- Fishing Tackle Bags , Bait Boat Bags , GTI Specialist Luggage
- Padded Protection Bags , Leather Holsters, Equipment bags.
Manufactured using Cordura, Leather, Canvas, Material Fabrics, or PVC. Fittings can include Brass, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Webbings. No order is too big or too small according to their website – http://www.gtimatchman.co.uk
Quality Gunslips (or Q.G.L Ltd), originally launched under the name Edge & Hunt in 1973, produce a wide range of canvas & leather goods for the sporting, leisure, fashion, travel & business markets. All of their products are hand-made using the highest quality British materials at their workshop in the small rural hamlet of Sarnau, Mid Wales. Available from their website or as bespoke products – http://www.gunslips.co.uk
Abreption leather and canvas bags are made in Britain. They say on their website “We are very proud that our products are Made in Britain, using British craftsmen and in many cases British made machinery. We try to source most of our products using UK suppliers, thus ensuring quality and supply” and “We are a “Made in England” company. Everything that you see on our site is made in our workshop in Grantham.” Mainly they supply to trade and private label, including small runs of products, but they also have a small retail range on their website including holdalls, rucksacks, tote bags, briefcases and shoulder bags – http://abreption.co.uk
Bags4Everything (Gardner of Wakefield) bags are all made in their factory in Ossett, West Yorkshire, England – http://www.bags4everything.co.uk This is how Bags4Everything describe their product range: “We have more than 100 products in our range which include 40 litre aqua roll bags, 50 litre water hog bags, waste master bags, waste hog bags, LCD TV bags, tow hitch covers, wheel covers, pole bags, awning bags, insulated aqua roll covers and garden furniture covers to name but a few. We can make bags and covers made to measure please contact us for a free quote. We can cater for individuals or companies from 1 item to 100s of items! ” Just the place to find British made bags and covers for practically anything, but note the non-bag products they sell are foreign made.
Croots England make sporting shoulder bags, rucksacks, technology cases and luggage (holdalls) in canvas and leather. All Made in England.
Bill Amberg leather goods are made in England and Spain, for example they sell English made canvas bags, a leather rucksack, a cartridge case and pouch, messenger bags and so on, but remember many of their products are foreign made.
Mulberry still have a factory in Somerset but it is hard to tell from their website what is made in the UK. Mulberry make exclusive suitcases, holdalls and leather travel accessories but you will have to ask their head office whether the item you want is made in the UK or look for a made in the UK label. They also make mens bags, handbags, accessories, and womenswear. Mulberry have confirmed to me that their suitcases and luggage are made overseas and not in the UK. This link – http://www.mulberry.com/investor-relations/profile/#CSR – explains how Mulberry manufacture in the UK and abroad.
Made in the United Kingdom, Billingham bags are primarily exclusive camera bags, but might be of interest.
Camera Care Systems camera bags – I am told that “Most of the CCS cases we have remaining in stock are UK made, the only case made outside the UK is the Freestyle one.” RK Photographic, bought the remaining stock when the owner retired and these cases are no longer being manufactured.
Also, some Carradice bicycle bags may still be made in Nelson, England; possibly the cotton duck bags (Super C range and Originals) and perhaps the rainwear and the drywool jerseys, but you will have to ask them as it is not clear from their website.
Ally Capellino sell a small selection of British made small leather goods (glasses cases, glasses chain, key fobs, wallets and suchlike) and British made umbrellas. They do not say where the leather for these items are sourced and their other items are foreign made. To find these items I searched the word “British” on their website. They also use British waxed cotton in some products, although the products themselves are foreign made – http://www.allycapellino.co.uk
Dunmore Scotland sell a range of UK made bags retail and wholesale, including shopping bags, holdalls, messenger bags and so on.
Sidewinder Apparel – rucksacks (and belts) made in the UK – http://www.sidewinderapparel.co.uk. Also available at http://www.madeintheseisles.co.uk/sidewinder-apparel.
Titan make some of their products in the UK, including some bags (if they are made in England, they will say so on the website I assume), basically fishing bags, but some like the Matchman’s might be of general use too. Italian owned
Brooks make one or two cycling rucksacks in the UK, e.g. the Eton leather satchel and the Piccadilly leather knapsack. Most of their accessories are foreign made. Most of their bicycle saddles are still made in England.
“Alban bags are handmade in London” according to their website. Satchels, tote panniers, cycling backpacks, double panniers and messenger bags “for people who cycle.” Some of the fabrics used are British made such as their British waxed green Twill, leather parts are from Italy though and no country of origin information is given for buckles and suchlike. Their Alban Roll Top Backpack comes out top in a review of cycling bags in the Independent – https://www.albanbikebags.com
Purple Patch Workshop bags are “made in Bristol UK” according to their website. They also say “We make all of our products in our studio in Bristol, UK” and “Everything is made in-house, in small batches, using traditional machinery and hand tools.” No information is given on their website about where they source their fabrics and buckles and suchlike. They use fabrics such as waxed cotton, canvas and leather to create bags for cycling and exploring the world including rucksacks, musettes, pannier bags, pouches, tool rolls, tote bags, wallets and washbags. When I looked at their site on 12/1/19 pretty much everything was marked as sold out. They also have an Etsy store, where they tell us that since 22 may 2018 they are on a short break. Whether they will be back or not I don’t know as when I wrote this in January 2019 it seems to me that is actually a rather long break. Their rucksack is in a review of cycling bags in the Independent – https://www.purplepatchworkshop.com
Nu-Red by Fionnghuala Doran leather, metal and textiles are handmade in England and includes items such as satchels, saddle bags, coin purses, rings and belts. They use Italian leather. http://www.etsy.com/shop/NuRedDesigns http://www.nu-red.co.uk
Bradley’s is a small independent leather tannery in Shropshire, England – http://www.bradleysthetannery.co.uk – I think most or possibly all of their products are made in the UK – travel bags, rucksacks, messenger bags, shoulder bags, leather satchels, and wallets, as well leather aprons, leather gardening gloves, leather kneeling pads and so on.
Ports and Awl have a selection of handmade leather wallets, leather card holders, leather coin pouches and handmade leather belts. These leather accessories are handmade in Sheffield, England. They say in their About section that “Wherever it’s possible we use leather from UK hides, produced by UK tanneries.” Thanks go to Rob for telling me about this company, which appears to have been started in November 2015 – http://portsandawl.co.uk
Aiguille Alpine rucksacks are all made in England. Aiguille Alpine do a wide range in their widely renowned quality rucksacks (backpacks) and many other useful bags including rope bags, travel bags, holdalls, shoulder bags, zipped pouches, bumbags, camera cases, belt pouches and so on. Highly recommended. For rucksacks, chalk bags, rope bags, holdalls, travel bags, beanie hats and much more try Aiguille Alpine. Based near Kendal, their own brand stuff in made in their own workshop. They specialise in climbing, outdoor, canoeing and kayaking equipment and much of what they sell is UK made. Their website states “All of Aiguille Alpines products are hand made in the United Kingdom” but not everything they sell is UK made, so please do check before buying. Their shop in Staveley, Cumbria, just off the A591 (the main route into the Lakes) is only 4 miles from Windermere, has free parking, and is open Monday-Saturday. Established in 1987.
Mountain White sell mostly British made and USA made outdoor gear – British made over-shirts, polo shirts, jogging bottoms, rucksacks, duffle bags, beanies, hoodies, socks; for men and women. British made items are labelled as such; other items are foreign made – http://www.mountainwhite.co.uk
Hawthorn Rucksacks stop pickpockets by closing on your back, meaning you are the only person who can access your valuables. The unique design might negate the need to use a padlock which I like and will also be water resistant with the zip on your back and being waxed cotton. Not sure how having the zip at your back would be on a long walk, how the zips cope with sweat, and like most rucksacks they will not be very resistant to someone using a knife on them despite their tough material, but I really like this clever idea. Their rucksacks are made for them in London from British leather and waxed canvas. Their only product, the Hawthorn Original, comes in a variety of colours. They say on their website “We take pains to have a close relationship with our suppliers, using materials coming from the UK or through UK-based stockists who guarantee the welfare of manufacture. Our waxed canvas is made by Halley Stevensons in Dundee, who have been producing nothing but the highest quality waxed canvas since 1864, originally as sailcloth. Our organic cotton lining is supplied the Organic Textile Company in Machynlleth who work in ethical collaboration with their partners and weavers in Kerala. We only use YKK zips, as they are the best….” As far as I know zips from Japanese company YKK zips are not made in the UK, although I suspect they used to manufacture in the UK, but they are right in saying these are very good zips. Available via their website and at NotOnTheHighStreet – http://www.hawthorn-rucksacks.co.uk
Karrimor used to manufacture moderately priced quality backpacks in England (until the mid-1990s when they went bankrupt and the name was subsequently purchased by Sports Direct) but these all Karrimor products made abroad.
What Daisy Did is a new Kickstarter project (as of August 2016) hoping to make bags using recycled materials in the UK. Their Wayfarer Collection uses water-restistent ex-military materials, mostly canvas tents that have missing parts, together with other materials around 95% of which are re-cycled and which are sourced locally with some raw materials being made in the UK possibly. Their zips come from the last remaining zip factory in the UK, Zipex. They have teamed up with with the Northampton Hope Centre, a homeless charity and are piloting a scheme to offer employment to vulnerable and homeless people and give some of their profits to this charity. The bags this company currently sell are all foreign made and it is only their Wayfarer collection of bags that will be made in the UK. Their Kickstarter campaign has already raised the £12,000 they wanted and finished at the end of August 2016. Please see the video below.
Alpkit.com now sell UK made kitbags. Alpkit do great outdoor kit, but most of their stuff is made abroad. Alpkit now sell UK made bouldering mats, UK made socks, a UK made figfour dry tool, a 9 litre stash bag. a UK made climbing rucksack, some UK made instant freeze-dried foods and UK made kitbags like that in the picture below (made with UK and German origin fabric and YKK zips). Quite a bit of their bike luggage is now made in the UK too, including frame bags, handlebar harnesses, handlebar pouches, top tube pouches, a saddle bag and handlebar mounted water bottle pouches. Based on the edge of the Peak District, Alpkit have their own small factory making duffles, packs and bike packing bags and are selling increasingly more UK made products.Trakke manufacture all of their products in the UK, using as many British made materials as they can. Backpacks, messenger bags, and even a Yurt. Trakke say on their website “When we started Trakke, we realised that if we want manufacturing to come back to Britain, we had to lead by example. That’s why we use as many British materials as possible, and build the best bags we know how” and ‘handmade in Scotland”. Their range uses Harris Tweed, waxed cotton, foam, metal D-rings, stainless steel buckles, webbing, and felt padding made in the UK. Their range includes backpacks, messenger bags, duffel bags, and accessories (rucksack accessories, packing cubes, a hip flask, a key shackle with bottle opener, webbing straps, pouches, a tool roll, etc and they even sell a pack of playing cards which they label as “British made”) which appear mostly if not all to be made in the UK. Because their bags are mostly made using waxed cotton they should be pretty water resistant. Products are available via their website. I like their slogan too which is “Adventure Everywhere”. There’s an interesting interview with the company’s founder here and With Love took a tour of Trakke’s Glasgow premises in 2016. Well Dressed Dad reviewed their Trakke Arkaig backpack in 2014. The company was founded in around 2010 They offer some good travel light tips on their website too. The video below shows the Trakke made in Scotland Bairn Mk2 34 X 24 X 8 cm (6 litre) waxed cotton messenger bag – just one of the many great bags this company make – http://www.trakke.co.uk
Fernweh UK are a small “Scottish adventure label established 2014” and they say on their Esty shop site “All my items are handmade in my small Aberdeen studio overlooking the sea”. Available from their Etsy shop online and they can customise items too. Items include waxed cotton chalk bags, pouches, wash bags, tote bags, and clutch bags made from local Scottish waxed cotton (the same as used by Trakke), and leather purses, leather belt clips, leather wallets, rucksacks sometimes, a wax bar for re-waxing and wooly hats and scarves. I came across this brand on the Well Dressed Dad website where one of their rucksacks is reviewed – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FernwehUK?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Alpha Bushcraft sell a few British made items, often made by a company called C.A.P.E. Solutions UK, including EDC (Every Day Carry) pocket organisers, fire steels, pouches, wallets, and belt pouches. I did a search on their website for “UK” to help identify British made items, which are labelled as such, whereas foreign made items do not state country of origin. There is a mention of their CAPE Pocket Organiser Pouch Type 1 in the video below, albeit not a very favourable review – https://www.alphabushcraft.com
Bedouin bags are British made. I cam across this brand on Well Dress Dad where the “Delireis” rucksack is reviewed. They say on their website “Fabrics are sourced from the best British suppliers for their quality, durability and feel”, “the leathers are European or British” (they don’t say which), however the hardware on the bags is from Switzerland or Austria. “The bags are hand made in England”. They use waxed canvas from Halley Stevensons of Scotland or from British Millerain for some products. Their exclusive product range includes rucksacks, messenger bags, shoulder bags, duffel style packs, and courier bags – http://bedouinfoundry.com
Cherchbi tweed and leather bags and accessories are entirely designed and made in Britain. Some of their luxury range of bags uses wool from Herdwick sheep. They make holdalls, rucksacks, shoulder bags, etc.
The Dartmouth Canvas Factory make a wide variety of canvas products including duffel bags, cruising (or weekend or airline carry on) bags, and so on, as well as garden awnings. Made in Devon, England. They also stock some foreign made items, such as Tilley hats which are mostly made in Canada.
BIGxTOP (or Big Top) make rucksacks (daysacks), a messenger bag, accessory pouches, phone pouches, hip pouches, pedal foot straps, and saddle rolls. Designed and made with cycling and the outdoors in mind, all BigxTop bags are made in the UK. There’s a review of the Bigxtop daysacks here.
Ace Cafe have a few British made leather belt pouches for sale.
Sadly Draw Rucksacks from Wales are no longer being made.
Swaine Adeney Brigg make exclusive traditionally styled suitcases and luggage, as well as holdalls, briefcases, document cases and folios. All made in the UK as far as I know. They also make an exclusive bespoke trunk, presumably in the UK. Swaine Adeney Brigg also own own Papworth Travel Goods who manufacture in the UK as far as I am aware and make attaché cases, document cases, folios, computer bags, bar cases and briefcases.
Black House sell made in the UK own label tweed holdalls, man bags, and ladies handbags.
Brady Bags (part of E Jeffries & Sons Limited saddlery and riding equipment) specialise in gun cases, fishing bags and game bags, but also do a range of everyday bags, including holdalls and shoulder bags made in England. http://www.bradybags.co.uk
E Jeffries & Sons Limited (Jeffries Saddlery) was established 1820. They are a manufacturer of equestrian and sporting leather products and appear to maintain some production in the UK, although you will need to check before buying as no country of origin information is given on their website. They are also a distributer of foreign made equestrian products. The company also appear to also be known as Vale Brothers Ltd and are based in Walsall. Their brand names include Jeffries Saddlery, Falcon Saddlery, Eldonian Bits and Steelwork, Wembley Bridles and Brady Bags – http://www.ejeffries.co.uk
Alfie Douglas leather goods are made in England – backpacks, shoulder bags, technology cases, tool rolls, utility cases, bike bags, glasses cases, tote bags, belts, wallets, luggage tags, duffle bags, etc. – http://alfiedouglas.com
Barabara Wiggins bags, satchels, pouches and pencil cases / make-up bags are made in the UK – http://www.barbarawiggins.co.uk/index.php?cat=13&sec=66
Made in England Bags say they have been “Making bags in the UK since 1996 in our manufacturing facility in Worcestershire.” Trade only. They make medical bags, waste and hygiene bags, window sample bags, protective transit bags, exhibition and lighting bags, and promotional bags. They also do a retail range of colour co-ordinated soft bags designed specifically to fit in the boot of a Mazda MX5 – http://madeinenglandbags.co.uk – https://mx5bags.co.uk
MC Products* manufacture promotional bags in the UK including sports holdalls, rucksacks, conference, and cool-bags. They also import bags, so select carefully. Trade only. Branded or unbranded. Look under their UK Manufactured Bags link where they have a wide range of bags to choose from. They can produce almost any size, shape, colour or quantity of bag. MC Products also manufacture equipment and ‘kit’ bags for the Police, Security and Prison sector. http://www.mcproducts.co.uk/uk-manufactured-promotional-travel-bags.htm
Price Western leather and synthetic equipment for law enforcement and security professionals is nearly all made in the UK. They make uniform belts, holsters, pouches, equipment bags, etc for police, security, medical and military personnel. On the front page of their website they state that over 99% of their product range is UK made – “Proud of our heritage. UK Based design and production facility. We are proud to have a workforce in the UK that produces over 99% of our product range.” No country of origin information is given on their website, so you’ll have to ask for British made. Only available to security professionals. They also sell some foreign made items such as LED Lenser torches – http://www.pwluk.com
Connell of Sheffield leather and nylon products are seemingly all made in the UK. Their website carries a little Union Flag logo with the words “Designed & Made in Britain”. They say on their website “We are proud to support British industry by purchasing our leather and suede from British tanneries who are acknowledged experts in their field” and “We are also very proud to be able to display the ‘Made in Sheffield’ mark. Sheffield is the only city in the UK whose name is protected due to its global reputation for quality and the selling power of its name.” They make aprons, leather gardening accessories, belts that are made to be toolsets, tool belt pouches, scaffolding belts and accessories, tool guards, tool pouches, toolbars, tool rolls, open fire accessories, and leather strops. They also sell Bahco axes but this is a Swedish company and I doubt very much if their axes are British made. Trade only but their site does provide links to retailers – http://www.connellofsheffield.com
Tusting – made in England holdall type luggage, travel bags, briefcases, satchels, handbags, totes, shoulder bags, wallets, purses, wash bags, briefcases, satchels, handbags, folios, clutches, tech cases, and so on.
Ettinger make and sell luxury made in England holdalls, wallets, purses, technology cases, luggage tags, travel wallets, and more.
Abel Apparel – leather bags for women – state on their website that “where possible we source and make everything within the UK” and the leather rucksacks and shoulder bags I saw on their website (the Belmont, the Dibden and the Portland) are all made in Wales – http://abellondon.com
Jane Hopkinson Bags leather tote bags, across body bags, leather shoulder bags, satchels, and bags for weddings and special occasion say on their website “these luxury leather goods are designed and handcrafted by us here in our workshop in Ditchling, East Sussex…” – https://www.janehopkinsonbags.co.uk
M.Hulot sell some of leather products that are made in England and some that are made in Turkey. By selecting the made in England part of their website you can easily see the products made in England – bags, belts and purses – http://www.mhulot.co.uk
I came across this luxury overnight bag on the internet, from a company called Pedlars.
London Undercover sell a range of made in England holdalls.
Alfred Dunhill was founded in 1893 and over the years have supplied a variety of luxury goods including motor car accessories such as goggles and clothing, smoking products and accessories like lighters and pipes, menswear, leather goods and accessories. They apparently have their own leather workshop in London and have recently sold British made holdalls and document cases and shoes. In the past most of their items would have been manufactured in the UK. Today they give no country of origin information whatsoever on their website and the vast majority of their bags and other items are foreign made.
Aspinal of London – Despite the name, Aspinal of London products are nearly all foreign made. On their Facebook page they say “Aspinal of London’s covetable contemporary classics are all handcrafted in the finest factories in Europe. Some families of bags and all of the brands stationery and notebooks are made entirely in England, some with English hardware, leather and fabric linings.” Their diaries for example are made in England but most products are foreign made – https://www.aspinaloflondon.com
Henry Tomkins leather goods are made in Exeter, England. The range includes leather luggage (holdalls), as well as leather handbags, shoulder bags, briefcases, satchels, rucksacks, soft sided bags and custom made bags. A range of Henry Tomkins’ designs can be seen at Custom Leather in Camden Lock in London, where they also make some of their own leather products on the premises.
Umpie sell British made carpet bags and overnight bags, handbags, man bags, as well as mens and ladies belts and scarves.
Ray Mears Bushcraft sell a range of made in England small leather goods, including for example a belt pouch and a compass case.
Lost Kind make their products in the UK; leather satchels and small leather goods.
Mowbray Leather Goods are made in England. They specialise in the manufacture of belts, braces and small leather goods. I’m not sure how or where you can purchase these and they primarily manufacture for other brands. They have a factory in Melton Mowbray – http://www.mowbrayleathergoods.co.uk Mowbray Leather Goods Ltd above are also the manufacturers of the Trove wallet. Trove is a really really small leather and elastic reversible wallet that is made in England (using Italian leather) at the Mowbray Leather Goods factory. Initially funded via Kickstarter, Trove is now available to buy on their website. TROVE also converts into a phone stand if you like and you can use it on your belt as well as putting it in your pocket or bag – http://www.trove.cc
Alphabet Bags have some nice made in the UK tote bags and little canvas (pencil case like) pouches. Their other products are foreign made though.
PackaPouch is an interesting idea (a kangaroo pouch of sorts for humans) and is designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom.
Another interesting idea is the Yoke Shopper (a cheap and simple device to help make carrying shopping bags easier), which is made in Great Britain.
Chester Jefferies make a range of leather accessories in the UK, including for example a small leather coin purse / wallet.
The Leather Warehouse at 125-127 Bethnal Green Road (near Liverpool Street Station in London) sell / make in the UK (sometimes on their premises possibly?) leather goods at reasonable prices such as handbags, small bags, pouches, coin pouches, pencils cases, and the like. They also sell leather jackets, but I am not sure if these are UK made. The website clearly states which items are UK made – http://theleatherwarehouse.co.uk You can sometimes find nice UK made new and used suitcases and travel goods on eBay, such as this brand new small coin purse / wallet pictured below. This coin purse is made by Heritage Leathergoods (see further down).
For something a bit different try Luck Ladybird Craft – made in England bags and purses in the shape of cakes and the like – Swiss Roll bags, Sushi bags, cupcake bags, battenberg, etc.
Emma Burningham – fabulous washbags, a tote bag, a pencil case, lavender eye pillows, hot water bottle covers, cushions, stationery, furnishing fabrics, etc. – all manufactured in the UK – http://www.emilyburningham.com
ZPM small bags and pouches are great for travel and are made in Britain. And they do great British made wash bags / spongebags. Please note that some of their items, such as their shopper bags, are foreign made. Look for the words Made in Britain to get British made.*
étoile Home say on their website “…we are very proud to support our home grown industry, with the vast majority of our products not only being designed in England, but also made in England.” Their range includes polycarbonate slim line iPhone cases, aprons, shopping bags, overnight bags, tote bags, hand bags, clutch bags, vanity bags, wash bags, cosmetic bags, tea towels, some of their fabric napkins, and some of their cushions are made in England. Their laundry bags, some of their fabric napkins, table clothes and table runners are foreign made. Their fabric by the meter, and presumably the fabric they use for their products, is printed in England but presumably foreign made (as they do not say it is made in England) – http://www.etoile-home.com
Amy Britton Tartan and Tweed pushes, pencil cases, glasses cases, technology, etc cases all appear to be made in the UK, although no country of origin information is given on their website. On the pouch pictured below it says “each item is designed and handmade in Stirling, Scotland” – http://brittonamy.moonfruit.com/home/4586344566
Dilly Daydream sell British made shower caps. They also sell some other British made items such as some of their washables and make-up bags, although many of their non shower caps items are foreign made – http://dillydaydream.com
Intelligent Armour own brand tactical kit is made in the UK and they do a range of pouches, travel cases and so on in camouflage material, some using the MOLLE system.
British Tactical tactical kit is made in the UK and they do a range of pouches, travel cases and so on in camouflage material and other colours, some using the MOLLE system. All their gear is made in the UK.
G1098 Supplies have a few bits of tactical kit that are made in the UK, such as MOLLE system pouches in camouflage material.
Jed Phoenix sell a UK made utility pocket / sporran pocket, a utility bag and a belt pouch, amongst other things.
Journeyman Leather make a small range of bags, as well as saddlery and dog collars and leads in the UK.
Sail Handmade small leather goods are “handcrafted in England using natural materials and traditional techniques.” Camera straps, keys rings, belts, technology cases, wallets, key fobs, pencil cases, bugs, purses, etc. They do not say where their leather or hardware is made – http://www.sailhandmade.com
useuk handbags are made in England and some of the larger ones might be suitable for a weekend away.
Jen Made This make purses, tote bags and make-up pouches in the UK, as well as aprons, carrier bag dispensers, etc.
Aquapac (waterproof bags and cases) make all of their submersible cases (the cases with the hard grey clamp on) in London. The rest of their products are either made in China or Taiwan. http://store.aquapac.net
nononthehighstreet have some British made bags and purses – look for the words made in Britain or filter to find made in Britain.
bebopbag make bags for camera, lighting and audio equipment and musical instruments in London. Their website seems not to work but they have a Facebook and twitter presence – https://www.facebook.com/bebopbag/info https://twitter.com/bebopbag?refsrc=email
Equi-Scuto are, according to their website, a company who try to source their materials from UK or EU companies and make their products in Yorkshire, England. They appear to often use leather from Pittards. They make equestrian horse protection boots, chaps, tool belts and handbags – http://www.equi-scuto.com
Today I’m Me handbags are all made in London and they source our materials from UK suppliers (which is not necessarily the same as the materials actually being milled / grown in the UK!) – http://www.todayimme.com
Alice Wood bags and accessories are crafted in Totnes, South Devon. No information is given on her website about origin of materials used, but everything seems to be handmade in Devon. One of my twitter followers – http://www.byalicewood.co.uk
Steven Harkin leather handbags are made in England by Steven, albeit from Italian or Spanish leather. They are for sale online or in a shop called anecdotes design in Kent, who might also sell a few other British made items – http://www.anecdotesdesign.com IT Luggage (Landor & Hawa) suitcases, including their “World’s Lightest” range, are all made in China (as they have been since the company started up). As far as I know Carlton have moved all their production abroad. Antler have confirmed to me that they no longer manufacture within the UK and that all production takes place in the Far East.
Globe-Trotter luggage, established in 1897, make luxury traditionally styles suitcases. Hand made by Globe-Trotter in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire using original manufacturing methods. Each case is uniquely constructed from vulcanised fibreboard; a special material invented in Britain during the 1850’s consisting of multiple layers of bonded paper. Handles are produced by the leather team who also form the iconic Globe-Trotter corners. Available online, at their store in the Burlington Arcade and in other stores. http://www.globetrotter1897.com These are some photographs of Globe Trotter luggage being made on makeitbritish.
I cannot find any basic standard design modern styled (read cheaper) suitcases that are still made in the UK. Do you know of any please?
Luggage Tags / Luggage Labels / Passport Covers / Other Luggage and Travel Accessories
- Tusting – leather luggage labels.
- Ray Mears – leather luggage label.
- Paper Baker do some manilla buff luggage tags, more for weddings than luggage though.
- notonthehighstreet.com have some nice manilla old fashioned style luggage tags (without string), by Jane Means *
- Also, notonthehighstreet have some card luggage tags that come with bakers twine by Ruby Rhino.
- And, notonthehighstreet have a leather luggage tag decorated with hummingbirds by Tovicorrie.
- I’m struggling to find many old fashioned buff manila card luggage tags that are made in the UK – any ideas?
- Kew Gardens sell some very nice and excellent value made in the UK leather luggage tags* (made for them by Under Cover) They also sell a very nice UK made leather travel pass holder.
- Anthony and Brown have some British made leather luggage labels and British made satchels (as well as a few British made dog collars and leads and some British made jumpers); with the rest of their range foreign made.*
- Merchant Fox have a British made leather luggage tag (no cover means your details will be visible).
- CRUISE E-TICKETS HOLDERS – made in the UK. Made from clear vinyl, reinforced metal eyelet, 150mm vinyl loop. On eBay.
- Thanet Direct make Cruise Ticket Holders in the UK. Available directly from their website. Thanet Direct is the online shop of Thanet Plastics a trade manufacturer based in Kent England UK and their cruise luggage tags are made in their own British factory.*
- Monocle sell some leather luggage tags by Ettinger.
- Ettinger themselves make and sell UK made leather luggage tags.
For British made string for tying on your luggage labels and wrapping your parcels, you could try the following companies:
- This company sell UK made Bakers Twine in bright colours.
- James Lever still make some of their ropes, twines and string in England – Ask if what you want is made in the UK. Sold on Ropesource (possibly the same company or else they work closely together and are neighbours). Examples of the English made products Ropesource sell are: Coloured jute twines, craft twines, baker’s twine, jute garden twines, green poly garden twine, Everlasto natural cotton string, Everlasto coloured cotton string, garden twines, and coloured polypropylene twine.
- Twool make household and garden wool twine and rope using Dartmoor Whiteface sheep wool. All made in Britain.
I found these British made see-through plastic passport covers on e-bay. I use these and they are very good. They are made in the UK by KLAYZER Stationary Limited – http://www.passportjacket.com – They also make driving licence holders in see-through plastic.
TheJetRest.com manufacture in their own Lancashire factory items such as travel blankets, baby blankets, the Jet Rest Travel Pillow, small travel cushions, luggage straps, shoe bags, travel laundry bags, and Wheaty Bags. Only some travel pillows and luggage straps are British made. They sell items made by other companies abroad. It says at the top of their website ‘British Made’ but not everything they sell is British made – those items that they manufacture themselves are clearly labelled as British made and where this is not stated items are foreign made. The JetRest is run by British manufacturing company Clear Prospects Ltd. Clear Prospects manufacture in the UK bespoke promotional products such as exhibition tablecloths, pillows and cushions, aprons, pencil cases, tea towels, lanyards, sports bibs, bunting and other textile based promotional items and offer an in-house logo branding service, as well as selling imported promotional merchandise. Minimum order quantities apply for a few of their products, but most can be purchased as singles too – https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk. They also have other niche websites selling to the public – http://accessoriesofold.co.uk (vintage jewellery), https://wheatybags.co.uk (wheat filled microwavable heat packs – mostly UK made), and https://happysnapgifts.co.uk (photo printed gifts – not sure if any of these printed photo gifts are made in the UK. They also sell British made aprons). They also have an eBay shop. Please note that none of the JetRest / BritishPromotionalMerchandise eye masks are made in the UK. Clear Prospects (British Made Promotional Merchandise) also sell a British made u-shaped travel pillow* made in fleece for promotional merchandise but that is also available unbranded to the general public – https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk/products/u-shaped-travel-pillow-filled-fibre-promotional-merchandise. British Made Promotional Merchandise also sell a British made polycotton, cotton or fleece drawstring bag* made in fleece for promotional merchandise but that is also available unbranded to the general public – https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk/products/drawstring-bags. The Jet Rest also sell very reasonably priced plain coloured travel laundry bags in 3 different sizes*. These would also make handy duffle bags and general purpose bags. https://thejetrest.com http://dpglobe.wix.com/jetrest – supplier in the USA https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk
Putnams make healthcare and comfort products using foam, many of which are made in England and this includes a folding travel pillow (inflatable neck cushion) with an additional layer of memory foam built in – http://putnams.co.uk
I have found it hard to find any British made bungee straps (bungee cords / elastic luggage straps), but possibly Regray Textiles Ltd make them? Not sure where you can buy these, so you’ll have to contact the company direct and to check if these bungee straps are British made.
Otis Batterbee – Luxury designer travel accessories from Otis Batterbee are all made in England – travel wash bags, eye masks, inflatable travel pillows, document pouches, travel pouches, coin purses, tote bags and travel cases / pencil cases. Handsome and well pieces made to accompany you on your own grand tour of life. http://www.otisbatterbee.com There’s an interesting and well written article about Otis Batterbee on The Holborn @ http://theholbornmag.com/2013/07/19/qa-otis-battersbee-luxury-travel-accessories/
I found some fabulous looking made in England eye masks to help you sleep even in a bright light on a website called ClickforArt (a few pictures below). According to their website all ClickforArt products are made in England, not just the eye masks so the whole site is well worth a look around.
Fidelitas London Ltd sell UK made Oyster Card holders at http://www.happyoyster.co.uk and on eBay. Very reasonably priced and available in a range of colours, these Oyster Card holders / wallets also make a good small lightweight durable travel or general card and cash wallet. Each section measures 2.7″ x 3.5″ (6.8 cm x 8.8 cm).
Also selling British made Oyster Card (etc.) holders is travelwallet.co.uk, trade only and printed with your organisation’s logo.
HERITAGE LEATHERGOODS are a British manufacturer of high quality leathergoods based in Birmingham, England. They specialise in the production of an extensive range of tailor made corporate and promotional leather goods, leather items for law enforcement agents (such as warrant card holders), leather goods for the fire service, leather goods for train operators, mens and womens fashion belts, corporate and promotional belts, and workwear belts. Items they make in England include leather security wallets, leather travel wallets, leather coin purses, leather tobacco pouches, various studded leather items, leather technology cases, leather belts, leather trinket boxes, leather photo frames, leather wallets, leather pen cases, leather pencil pots, and the like. They use the brand name “Rangemaster”. Trade only, but they also have an eBay store (where they also sell quite a lot of foreign made goods, so take care when choosing) and an online belt store called Belt Us (selling English made belts) – http://www.heritageleathergoods.co.uk
Raw Leather Workshop – James Bradshaw (of British Family fame) hand makes rugged leather accessories in Britain and they are available from Folksy – http://www.rawleather.co.uk. You can also find other great British made gifts at Folksy – http://folksy.com*
Ajoto make a wallet (in a range of colours) in England, using Italian leather. They also make a leather pen pouch (again in a range of colours) in England, again using Italian leather. They also make a rollerball pen in England. The pen comes in a cork tray made in Portugal, wrapped in a British made paper box, in a British made aluminium box and uses German ink. Available in brass (from Greece) or aluminium (from Belgium). There is good information on product raw material sourcing and manufacture on their website – http://ajoto.com
http://www.campbellcole.co.uk – men’s accessories made in England. One of my favourite items is the beautiful made in England key wrap.*
Protect-a-Badge supply British made leather products such as driving licence wallets, golf wallets, blue badge wallets, money wallets, travel wallets and passport covers. I came across this company on the internet and don’t know much about them but it appears from their website that all their products are UK made – http://www.protectabadge.co.uk
Tanner and Oak sell folio cases, wallets, handbags, a satchel and other leather accessories, all designed and manufactured in the UK. At least some of the leather they use is British leather. http://www.tannerandoak.com https://twitter.com/TANNERandOAK
BRIGGS + SHEARS leather goods & accessories are made in London. Items include wallets, key fobs, journal covers, pencils cases, card holders, zipped pouches and cable tidies. No information is given on their website about where the leather and hardware used is made – http://www.briggsandshears.com
Fizzarrow leather goods are “made in England”. No information is given on their website about where the leather and hardware used is made. Items include notebook covers and notebooks (the notebooks are made in England too), leather pockets, cable tidies, framed quotes, greetings cards, gift tags, etc – http://www.fizzarrow.co.uk
The Cambridge Satchel Company leather satchels are all made in England. They say on their website “all of our bags are handmade in Great Britain”. Oddly the one bag I have seen did not actually say made in Great Britain on it, so perhaps the bags themselves are not all labelled with country of origin or some are foreign made – https://www.cambridgesatchel.com
St Leonards bags for men and women are made in London – http://www.stleonardsonline.com For technology cases (covers for your iPad, iPhone, Nokia, Xperia, etc.) please also see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/made-in-britain-ipad-and-iphone-cases-and-covers/
L&S Prints are a printing company in Yorkshire specialising in printed fabrics including custom printed fabrics, cushions, bar runners and, introduced in 2015, their new Caseskinz suitcase covers. Some of their cushions are designed, printed and made in England; others are printed in England and I assume foreign made. They do not say where their machine washable bar runners are made and printed, so you will want to check before buying as they may be foreign made. Their scarves and snoods are made and printed in England. On their website they say “Every Caseskin is made to order.. Buy British..”. The origin of the fabrics they use is not stated on their website. Caseskinz will make your suitcase stand out from the crowd. Caseskinz are stretch polyester fabric covers that can be printed with a number of fun designs, or personalised with text or pictures. They fit snugly over your suitcase and come in 3 sizes to fit different styles and brands of luggage cases. There are lots of designs to choose from. They have 2 adjustable straps to keep them in place and handles on your case will be fully functional. Prices are very reasonable. Make it British interviewed L&S Prints about Caseskinz in July 2015 – http://www.lsprints.co.uk
Rowan Stickers – http://www.classicsign.co.uk – Why not personalise your suitcase with these British made wipe-clean self-adhesive vinyl suitcase stickers. This will help you identify your luggage amongst the many lookalikes on the carousel in the airport. Rowen Stickers Classic Sign’s range of self-adhesive stickers includes disable signs, wheelie bin stickers, warning signs, information signs, stickers for kids, number stickers, letter stickers, stickers for business, pet related stickers, fridge stickers, suitcase stickers, Halloween stickers, Christmas stickers, etc all made in the UK – http://www.classicsign.co.uk
For British made bike specific bags, please see http://wp.me/s2KOue-bicycles
For carrying your baby how about these:
Rose and Rebellion – Baby carriers and bibs made in the UK.
http://www.kari-me.com – UK made fabric baby carriers.
Top Packing Tips for Travel
I found some great tips for travelling light on the following websites:
And for traveling more generally.
Keeping your stuff safe – Seven Ways to Keep Your Stuff Safe When You Fly
Flying with e-cigarettes – http://www.gatwick-airport-guide.co.uk/e-cigarettes.html
Restrictions on what you can carry –