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.
Have a look at Made Closer http://www.madecloser.co.uk if you get chance, one of my followers on twitter. They have a varied range of British made goods for sale – update 21/10/18 regrettably Made Closer appear to have closed down. Their website no longer works and their twitter and Facebook have not been updated since 2015 – what a shame.
Just a quick look earlier on and I found:-
UK made televisions from Cello – http://www.celloelectronics.com
UK made PVC table cloths from UK Tableclothes – http://www.uktablecloths.com
UK made children’s furniture, sofabeds, chairbeds, sofa, chairs, bean bags, bean chairs, z beds, toyboxes, and headboards from Just 4 Kidz – http://www.just4kidz.co.uk
UK manufactured sofabeds by the Churchfield Sofa Bed Company – http://www.sofabed.co.uk – fab looking furniture here, a reasonable prices too.
The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also own Just 4 Kidz and UK Tableclothes I believe. The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also supply a complete range of furniture, including chairs, sofas and sofabeds, which is suitable for contract applications such as schools, colleges, universities, hotels, hospitals, retirement homes, and so on.
UK made sieves by Hill and Sons.
UK made toasters by Rowlett Rutland.
UK made ladies and mens fashions, adult snake belts, fingerless gloves and beanies from Britwear – http://britwear.co.uk/magento/made-in-britain.html (note that not everything from Britwear is made in Britain!). Britwear also have an Amazon shop and an eBay shop
UK made handbag tidies, tissue covers and purse security bells from Sandi Bags – http://www.sandibags.com
Susie Faulks oilcloth ladies bags made in England.
Made in the UK washbags and showercaps from ZPM.
British made pyjamas from PJ Pan
Crowns & Coronets British made childrenswear and babywear.
Made in England jewellery from L.K. Rosa.
Lojango Design’s made in Devon, England ladies flat pack hats – sun hats, rain hats, wedding hats, etc. and bespoke hats.
Made in England New Forest Aromatics – candles, hand care products, lip balms, bath products.
UK made children’s furniture from Weamo Furniture.
PHOENOX TEXTILES LTD are manufacturers and importers of textiles. They have a manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire, but also manufacture in India and the Far East. Their carpets, rugs, bathroom floor mats and entrance mats still seem to be made in the UK. Trade and their public brands are Rug Guru (made in India and the UK – you’ll have to ask if what you are interested in is made in the UK); Hug Rug (made in England rugs / mats – made in England door mats, runners and half-moon mats, entrance and garden mats, pet mats and bathroom mats); Big Hug (bean bags for indoors and bean bags for outdoor use, outdoor rugs, door stops, cushion pads, pet bean bags and fleece pet blankets). As Phoenox Textiles manufacture manufacture many of their products abroad you should ask whether the bean bag or whatever you want is actually made in the UK before buying.
Wooden toys, kitchen boards, card cases and so on made in England by Croglin Designs.
UK made vintage style signs for the garden and home made from old fence panels and floor boards by Button and Jewels Vintage Sign Company.
Dean Williams Studio Ltd design illuminating sculptures for the home and garden, plus do bespoke work, all manufactured in the UK –http://www.deanwilliamsstudio.com/.
Unidome (portable rigid semi permanent dome structures) made in England – http://www.unidome.co.uk
Made in Britain candles on the Pretty Chic website – http://www.pretty-chic.co.uk – some other British made products on this website too.
Made Closer is a useful website. Turn on their only made in the UK button to get only UK made items and you can even narrow down by region. The concept behind the website is presumably sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported by buying locally made products. Fab. Prices include delivery to the UK mainland. I have found many great UK made products for sale on this great site. An interesting site selling UK made products 🙂
You can find information about the Made Closer ethos at http://www.madecloser.co.uk/about-us
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.