One of the best parts of doing my job is coming across someone relatively unknown who’s making something really good. In the past year, I’ve discovered a couple of quality new British leather bag brands.
It strikes me as pretty brave to launch a small accessories company in the shadow of the mammoth global brands with millions in their marketing budgets. So if you’re in the mood for a summer bag update, I’d suggest taking a look.
Leather with satin lining, £425, C.Nicol
Making me happy at the moment is an orange leather tote with blue straps by C.Nicol. Hand-cut, sewn and finished in London, the brand’s bags all have bright linings commissioned by designers and illustrators.
Leather with bar closure, £195, Strathberry
Strathberry, based in Edinburgh, produces polished, structured bags with a vintage feel. The signature gold bar that runs across the top and works as a fastening is a classy addition, making for subtly posh arm-candy.
Vegetable tanned leather, £257, Lost Property of London
Lost Property of London is not new but its bags are getting stronger each year. It has a great selection of more casual offerings. This season’s Mini Arlington saddle bag in contrasting black and white is a beautifully chic cross-body.
Leather and suede, £295, Mother of Pearl
British fashion brand Mother of Pearl (above) has recently started making totes, rucksacks and bucket bags that possess all the sporty functionality and appealing design of its ready-to-wear. Most are not above £500 – plus, you can also buy the chunky sliders, sandals and pumps to mix and match.
Printed leather, £490, Ally Capellino
Ally Capellino, one of the leaders in British leather, is still going strong 30 years on. Her leathers are always exceptional, her designs utilitarian. Her roomy white tote with an abstract graphic print is perfect for now.
Leather, £98, Jigsaw
Thanks to a new design team, Jigsaw’s clothing collection is brilliant right now and it has followed through with quality accessories: the kind of smart everyday bags that are stylish and undeniably useful, and seem to be made for the woman on the move. That’s us, right?
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/the-6-british-bag-designers-you-need-to-know-now/