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.
10 reasons for giving British made gifts this Christmas:
- Helping preserve the future of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
- You know where what you are buying is coming from.
- You are preserving and creating jobs for British workers.
- You are bestowing a gift that does not have a massive carbon footprint.
- It gives you the chance to buy something of quality that will last.
- You are encouraging others to buy British.
- You are helping people to realise that we do still make many wonderful things in the UK.
- You are being patriotic.
- British factories have ethical hygienic production, fair wages & decent working conditions.
- You are helping ensure future security of supply.
Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound. Please support UK industry by buying British.
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
Makers and suppliers of British Made Pens and Pencils, British Made Ink, British Made Crayons and Chalk, British Made Pencil Cases, and British Made Rulers:-
Derwent Pencils have been making pencils in Cumbria since 1832. Not everything they sell is made in the UK, for example their metal pencil sharpener is made in Germany. Individual Derwent Pencils that say “England” or “Made in Britain'” on them are UK made. Multi-packs of pencils will say made in the UK on the packaging if they are made in the UK or look for the Union Flag on the packaging. Some of their Academy Sketching eraser tipped pencils and their Lakeland Jumbo pencils are made in Thailand or PRC. None of their sketch pads and accessories are made in the UK. Basically on their pencils if it does not say England or “Made in Britain” or if it does not say made in the UK on the pack, then it is not UK made; best to go by what it says on the tin. The tins themselves by the way are not made in the UK. The Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) is a division of ACCO Brands (Rexel) and so is now American owned. Lovely pencils for you to sketch, colour, illustrate and create! See the video below for some history of pencils and pencil making at Derwent Pencils today. They also have a pencil museum and shop and cafe in Keswick in the Lake District.
Video – How pencils are made today – Derwent Pencil Factory, Cumbria, UK.