Jan 132011

Luxury leather goods makers – handbags, travel bags, suitcases, belts…

coach leather goodsCoach

Coach is an American retailer who started making quality leather goods from a loft in Manhattan nearly 50 years ago. The style is International and very upmarket and though they have stores across the USA, they don’t in the UK. However, many goods can be shipped online.



Furla was founded in 1927. As specialists in luxury leather goods they can be found in most major cities around the world. Visit their site to see their latest collections.



Apart from silk scarves, Hermes is famous for it’s handbags and in particular the Kelly Handbag, once owned by Grace Kelly and desired by almost every French woman alive.

Featured right is an example – for sale on the Internet at $7,500.

Unfortunately, the Hermes website doesn’t carry any references to handbags, but you will find them in Hermes stores.


Herve N Sellier

Luxury articles, personalized creations, vintage buckles and ornaments. After 17 years producing exclusively for Hermès, Hervé N Sellier decided to branch out and create her own belts, jewelry, dog collars and leashes, drawing from her father’s wonderful collection of vintage buckles and harness ornaments




Loewe handbag and belt

Started in 1872, Loewe began life making cases and handgags in Madrid. As its popularity grew, so did the range of products it produced to include leather clothing wear.

Still retainig its Spanish influences, Loewe is a favoutire to all who touch the products with its distinctly soft leather and quality feel.



There is a wide selection of bags, luggage, small leathergoods, briefcases or accessories to choose from, all bestowed with the Longchamp spirit of elegance. Unfortunately, they don’t have a link to the UK, which is a bit sad.


leather trunkLouis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton made its name making travel cases.

Even today, all of its cases, handbags, belts and other leather accessories are hand stitched at its workshops in France, producing items of exceptional quality and longevity.







Mulberry is a British design company renowned for its craftsmanship and quality. The brand’s backbone is an extensive line of luxury bags for men and women that combine stylish, stand-out design with the finest leathers and detailing.


Porsche Design

porsche design car bag

Porsche design is part of the Porsche group and specialises in making accessories for the luxury car driver. There is a list of online stores where you can buy these products.


Jan 272010
Kate Moss Longchamp

Kate Moss Designs and models Longchamp

Longchamp is a French leather and luxury goods company.

Longchamp was founded by Jean Cassegrain in 1948, and the company employed craftsmen across the country to create leather coverings for pipes and other products geared toward smokers.

By 1955, the company had expanded to include small leather goods, opening its first factory in Segré.

By the 1970s, Longchamp opened its first boutiques in Hong Kong and Japan, and became known for its lightweight travel goods.

In 1980, the founder’s son and current company president, Philippe Cassegrain took the helm and began expanding its retail and factory locations into Belgium and Germany. The company also began producing clothing, scarves, and other fashion accessories.

In 1993, Longchamp introduced its “Le Pliageline, a collection of foldable travel bags made of vinyl and leather trim.

On January 27th at the ritz Hotel in Paris, Kate Moss launched a new exclusive line “Kate Moss for Longchamp”.


Apr 042008
Furla 2012

Furla 2012

Furla was founded in 1927. As specialists in luxury leather goods they can be found in most major cities around the world.

Furla was created by the Furlanetto family over 80 years ago and is one of the few Italian firms today that still maintains family ownership of the brand and style
Its headquarters is in Bologna, Italy, situated in an historic 18th century villa.

Visit their site to see their latest collections.



Aug 302006

Miuccia Prada Designer

Miuccia Prada Designer

Prada was started in 1913 by Mario Prada and his brother Martino as a leathergoods shop. Initially, the shop sold leather goods and imported English steamer trunks and handbags.

Prada’s originality made it one of the most influential fashion houses, and the brand became a premium status symbol in the 1990s.

The signature Prada look encompassed luxurious fabrics in mostly black, browns, grays, greens, and creams to create simple, yet provocative styles.

Life in Italy states that clothing was “sexy and spoke of confidence without revealing too much skin. Accessories included skinny leather belts, elegant high heeled shoes, and of course, the classic handbag.

In 1978, Mario’s granddaughter, Miuccia Prada, took over the company. Miuccia had spent five years studying at Milan’s Teatro Piccolo, and had a PhD in political science. Although her qualifications didn’t seem appropriate, her sense of fashion was unmistakable. The label was still mainly a leather goods manufacturer at that point, and had been struggling financially for several years. Competition from other fashion houses like Gucci had taken its toll. Miuccia turned things around and steered the House of Prada towards the world of haute couture.

Taking advice from her husband to be – Bertelli, Miuccia stopped importing English leather and concentrated on her own design.

Prada launched its women’s ready-to-wear collection in 1989, and Prada’s popularity skyrocketed, inspired by Miuccia Prada when the fashion world took notice of its clean lines, opulent fabrics, and basic colors.

Since the mid-1990s, there have been few status symbols as potent as the Prada-embossed silver triangle.


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Aug 292006
Louis Vuitton Leather Trunk

Louis Vuitton Leather Trunk

Louis Vuitton, a trunk-maker in Paris since 1854, became a legend in the art of travel by creating luggage, bags and accessories as innovative as they were elegant and practical.

A century and a half later, the legend lives on.

Strengthened by its international renown, the legend is embodied by the Monogram canvas, which has enjoyed unrivalled success since 1896 and played a starring role in the development of modern luxury.

Innovation shapes the story of Louis Vuitton. Always leading the of fashion without compromising traditional craftsmanship, Louis Vuitton is now active in other creative spheres: ready-to-wear, shoes, watches and jewelry. Under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs, the new collections met with immediate success and renown.

Innovation at Louis Vuitton is blended with tradition.

The House is associated with major events which reflect its passion for excellence.

The Louis Vuitton Classic is the event of the year for automobile collectors from all over the world, while the Louis Vuitton Cup decides the challenger for the America’s Cup, the most prestigious trophy in international yachting.

In January 2009, Louis Vuitton continued is longstanding relationship with the world of sailing at the highest level, organizing the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, a friendly match racing event. Continually expanding, Louis Vuitton today boasts 17 production workshops, an international logistics center, and exclusive shops worldwide.


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Aug 292006

Guccio Gucci Fashion Designer

Guccio Gucci Founder

In 1921, Guccio Gucci opened a leather goods company and luggage store in Florence. Having worked at the Savoy hotel in London, he was inspired by the styles he had witnessed so on returning to Italy, he brought these ideas with him

Angelina Jolie coveted 1973 Gucci Handbag

Angelina Jolie with coveted 1973 Gucci Handbag in Paris

Within a few years, the Gucci shop enjoyed such success that sophisticated international clientele on vacation in Florence thronged to Gucci’s bottega, seeking the equestrian-inspired collection of bags, trunks, gloves, shoes and belts. Many of Guccio’s Italian clients were horse-riding aristocrats, and their demand for riding gear led Gucci to develop its unique Horsebit icon – an enduring symbol of the fashion house.

During the Fifties, Gucci found equestrian inspiration with its trademark green-red-green web stripe, derived from a traditional saddle girth. It became an instant success and an instantly recognizable hallmark of the brand.  Guccio Gucci himself died in 1953 and his sons Aldo, Vasco, Ugo and Rodolfo took over the business.

Opening stores in Milan and New York, Gucci Empire started to build its global presence as a symbol of modern luxury.  By the seventies it had opened a VIP showroom in Beverly Hills catering for the tastes of clients  such as Ringo Starr, Michael Caine and Elizabeth Taylor.


Gucci Collection for Women 2011

The 1990’s saw icons like Diana Princess of Wales wearing Gucci


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Aug 292006
Anya Hindmarch HandBag Designer

Anya Hindmarch HandBag Designer

Anya Hindmarch MBE has come a long way from her first store on London’s Walton Street.

The Anya Hindmarch label now incorporates leather handbags, small leather goods, luggage, shoes and clothes. She was born in 1968.
In 2001, Anya launched the charity promotion ‘Be a Bag’, which allows customers to have their own photographs printed onto a bag.

The first Christmas season these bags were put on sale in Harrods of London – they were a complete sell out. Orders had to be turned away because the product was so popular.

Be A Bag continues to be a huge success and continues to raise money for charities across the world.

Everything that Anya designs is crafted with great attention to detail. After countless requests and an apprenticeship with the great shoe makers in Venice, Anya launched her shoe collection in 2002.

The Bespoke Ebury was launched to celebrate Anya Hindmarch’s tenth anniversary following visits to the Italian tanneries where leather is hand rolled in the time honoured fashion.

Most recently Anya has launched her beach collection comprising beautiful hand embroidered kaftans, sexy bikinis and cute baskets for mothers and daughters.


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Jan 012006


Asprey was founded in 1781 in Mitcham, South London.

It was there that William Asprey established a silk printing business. William’s son Charles and his grandson, also Charles, expanded the business into the metallic arts.

In 1841 the elder Charles went into partnership with a London stationer located on Bond Street. In 1847 the Asprey family broke with their partner and moved into 167 New Bond Street, the premises Asprey occupies today.

asprey fine jewellery leather

Asprey fine jewellery and  leather

Asprey advertised “articles of exclusive design and high quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment and to endow with richness and beauty the tables and homes of people of refinement and discernment.” An early speciality was dressing cases. Asprey not only made superlative traditional cases, they reconceived the category, creating new, more portable designs, especially in leather, suitable for the new style of travel ushered in by railways.

The company consolidated its position through shrewd acquisitions. In 1859 Asprey absorbed Edwards, an award winning maker of dressing cases and holder of a Royal Warrant.

The company purchased the Alfred Club at 22 Albemarle Street, which backed on to the New Bond Street store and meant that Asprey now had entrances on two of London’s most fashionable streets.

Asprey established its reputation as the premier maker of luxury goods by winning a gold medal for its dressing cases at the International Exhibition of 1862. In the same year Asprey was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria.