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, backpacks, suitcases, wallets, pouches and trunks.
Limited Edition Art & beautifully, collectible Artwares from the World’s coolest artists. Made in England, Designed Around the World, Collected Everywhere…
Art prints and canvas, pillows, cups and saucers, dinnerware, chairs, holdalls, eye masks, mini bags – all made in England.
They say: “We are proud to say that our entire range of Limited Edition art and artwares are all made in England. We produce many of the items in house at our factory in the Midlands. With our ceramics being produced in Stoke-on-Trent, our Luggage in the South West and new furniture in Long Eaton. We use the finest components and manufacturers throughout and try to offer an affordable but quality product range.”
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 is open Monday-Saturday.
Tanner and Oak also sell a rather nice folio case, as well as 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.
British made 12″ or 14″ portfolio cases (document cases) in chestnut or tan colours. “It’s an accessory that forces you to edit your life down to the bare bones” according to the Guardian on 2nd April 2013. I have a folio case from years ago (not of anything like the same quality as these though!) and it really is a very useful bag. Although I have not seen them yet, these classic style leather under-arm folio bags from Holdall and Co. look functional and robust and I wish this fairly new company well. Made using Italian leather.
DMM Climbing Equipment. Innovative climbing gear, made in Wales.
DMM have been manufacturing quality climbing equipment in Wales since 1981. They make recreational climbing equipment, mountaineering equipment and industrial climbing equipment. You’ve got to love their tag line – “CLIMB NOW WORK LATER”. All DMM hardware (metalware) – carabiners and so on – are made in the UK. Some other products they sell such as ropes are foreign made. The ropes they sell are made in Europe, some DMM slings are made in Wales (others in Europe), DMM chalkballs are made in Wales (but other chalk products are made in Europe), DMM clothing is made in Turkey, DMM chalk and rope bags are made in China, DMM helmets, harnesses, boulder mats, rockshoes and some webbing used between carabiners on quickdraws are made in Europe.
Also making leather satchels here in the UK are The Cambridge Satchel Company. Traditional designs to contemporary colours in a range of sizes, with embossing available. They also sell UK made trunks. Their Classic Satchel starts at £94. I’ve not seen these but they look fab on the net.
Zatchels (by Leicester Remedials & Sewing Ltd.) are all made here in the UK. They make leather satchels and bags for men, women and children in lots of colours, sizes and designs with options on some bags for an additional handle, detachable shoulder strap and personalisation. They are lovely bags. Prices from £79 + p&p.