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.
Curver – some of Curver’s products (including the Union Jack plastic box in the picture below) are made in the UK, but many of their products are made abroad. You’ll need to check whether the products from this company you are interested in are made in the UK or not, as no country of origin information is given on their website. Curver have a range of products made in the UK, in Redruth in Cornwall, but most are foreign made. It will be best to check the packaging itself as the company’s staff are not very knowledgeable about where their products are made. For example, they told me that they manufacture all the 5, 20 and 40 litre Deco bins in the UK, whereas currently the 50 litre Deco and the Duo Deco recycling bins are manufactured in Europe. I ordered a 5L Deco bin and when it arrived it was made in Luxembourg so I had to return it – http://www.curver.com
Your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Xperia, Kindle (or other mobile devices) are made in China by an American (or possibly Japanese or South Korean) company but you can save the day a bit by getting an iPhone and iPad case / cover that is made in the UK. You need to protect your delicate device and you might as well do it with a nice British made cover. To prop up your iPad, iPhone, etc. I also found some British made stands. These are some of the ones that I found on the net (prices, where given, will be plus P&P if you buy online and prices may have changed since I wrote this article).
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
Urofoam (ukstressballs) in Cheshire, founded in 1988, make stressballs in England. Not just stress balls but stress balls in a wide variety of custom shapes. They sell these as a promotional items to companies for marketing campaigns. Urofoam say they are “the leading manufacturer and distributer of stressballs and foam balls in the western world…” Urofoam make foam footballs, indoor and outdoor foam sports balls, footbeds for shoes, car components, operating theatre equipment, medical furniture, playground equipment, baby changing mats, branded bar furniture, wheelchair cushions, mobile phone holders and specialised foam mouldings. At one point they also made shoes (as Softwalker Ltd from 2001 to closing the operation down in 2010). They say they “…produce everything in-house..”. They say that they are the only manufacturer of stress balls in Europe and they say “our stressballs are manufactured completely in the UK for maximum quality.”. Their factory is in Askam-in-Furness in Cumbria. They are also the maker of the gripsta mobile phone holder or stand, which they say is “completely UK manufactured”. They describe this as a fun and squidgy phone accessory that fits iPhone, HTC, Blackberry, Samsung, LG, Nokia and all other leading smartphone models. The Gripsta is a stand for your iPhone, other mobile phone or iPod made of foam (the same foam you’d find in a stress ball.). I should imagine it is great for watching films, as a mobile phone shoulder rest, and as a soft grip mobile phone holder, for use at home or in the office. In bright colours, Gripsta could also be used as a car mobile phone holder I think. It measures approximately 100mm x 70mm x 55mm and I imagine it would fit over any bumper and screen protector you might be using. On their website they say “Gripsta is a new gadget made in our own factory here in the UK” – http://ukstressballs.co.uk – http://gripsta.co.uk
Party People sell UK made mouse mats, rectangular or circular shaped, in a variety of fun designs. If you click on a particular mouse mat the words ‘made in the UK’ are clearly shown in red towards the top of the screen. They also have an eBay shop where they sell these mouse mats. The company’s other products all appear to be foreign made – http://www.partypeople.company/mouse-mats.html
Fraser and Parsley sell some UK made iPhone cases. Their other items seem to be foreign made – http://fraserandparsley.com/collections/phone-cases
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
Samantha Warren London printed phone cases are made made in the UK. They also sell made in the UK clutch bags, wash bags, scarves, and cushions – http://www.samanthawarren.co.uk/collections/iphone-cases
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 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 – http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/moquette.html
Glass Guard liquid applied screen protection claims on their twitter stream to “Make your screen almost diamond hard, water repellent, antibacterial, increased clarity NO BUBBLES” and it is “Made in the UK” – http://www.glass-guard.com
Standeazy credit card sized phone stand for smartphones are “designed, manufactured, printed and packaged in the UK” according to the company, who say they are made by local suppliers in the Midlands. This is not mentioned on their website – http://www.standeazy.co.uk
PIPÉT sell Men’s and Women’s Scarves and Accessories (such as men’s pocket squares, pouches, and technology covers) “printed and handmade in England” according to their Facebook page. I first saw their iPad sleeves on the Unique and Unity web shop – http://pipetdesign.com
Chel&Ford leather iPad satchel. Made in the UK. £29.95 on ebay
BoBelle have some made in England leather iPhone and iPad cases and a card case.
Small Castle make some smartphone cases. Made in England.
Raw Leather make some leather smartphone cases. Made in England.
Patrona make phone wallets and in-car holder systems for smartphones using British steel and Italian leather and a shirt carry case. All products manufactured in the UK.
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com stock a range of British made iPhone cases (look for the words “made in britain” when choosing) from £22 (+ they have a range of wallets).
Foldio wool iPad and iPhone cases. Made in the UK. £7.95 – £14.95
Lavenham Jackets do a range of made in England iPad and laptop cases. From around £70.
GiliNix sell some UK made iPhone, iPad and iPad mini cases. Having looked at their site again, they do not say they are made in the UK and we can assume they are foreign made.
Bigxtop make a phone pouch. All Bigxtop bags are made in the UK.
Intelligent Armour camouflage iPad and iphone cases. Made in the UK.
Heritage Leathergoods Co. leather iPad case. £19.95 on ebay
British Museum wool iPad case. Made in Britain. £40
Shipton Heneage leather iPad case. Made in England. £235
iPartsUK fabric iPad cover. Made in England. £9.99
The Merchant Fox leather iPad case. Made in England. £250
Tusting leather iPad and iPhone cases. Made in England. £75 – £99
Heather and Links leather iPad case. Made in England. £149.95
Daines and Hathaway leather iPad case. Made in England. £235
John Lewis tweed iPad case. Made using genuine Harris Tweed from Scotland but it may not be made in the UK. £40
Reefer recycledsailcloth iPad cases and iPhone cases. Made in England. £17.50 – £49.75
Case Closed wool felt iPad and iPhone cases. Made in Oxford, England. The material though is German wool felt. The iPad case is available in sizes to fit with or without the Apple Smart Cover. £14 – £26
Wrappers wool felt iPad and iPhone cases. Made in Oxford, England. The material though is German wool felt. The iPad case is available in sizes to fit with or without the Apple Smart Cover. £17 – £26
Aukward fabric book style iPad cases. Made in Britain. £119
Alexenda Cayless tweed / leather iPad case. Made in London, England. £120
Breffo spider iPad and iPhone stands. British made. £14.95 – £24.95
Intelligent Touch iPad stands. Kind of flat screen arms. Made in the UK. £59.95 upward
Flatscreen Arms iPad arms. Made in the UK. £150 upward
Woodpad simple wooden iPad and iPhone stands. Made in Britain. £5.50 for a keyring iPhone stand. £20 for an iPad stand
Pendle Products metal iPad stand. Made in England. £25
Pemberton & Milner sell British made technology cases for iPads, iPhones and the like, as well as games, watch cases and bespoke other small leather products for corporate promotion.
John Smedley Cherchbi iPad sleeve. British made. £110
Tough-PAC heavy duty iPad cases. Made in Britain. About £150. Not sure where you would buy this from.
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
Magicpotion Anti-Bacterial Screen & Lens Cleaning Spray for electronic device screens is made in the UK. I assume the other products that MediaDevil sell are foreign made – http://mediadevil.com/index.php/browse-by-product/others/magicpotion/magicpotion-screen-cleaning-kit-50ml-edition.html?___SID=U
Padprop are fab devices for holding you iPad (mine broke after less than a year though, but was promptly replaced for free by Padprop when I complained). I assume that they are made in China. I asked the company but they ignored my email. http://www.padprop.co.uk/