Here at Aspinal we love to champion traditional English craftsmanship and materials so are thrilled this season to be able to launch our England Family - our first bag collection to be entirely handmade in the UK. The 'Made In England' factory on Tannery Road, is a hive of activity tucked into the unassuming countryside landscape in Cumbria, in the far North of England.
Using traditional hand crafted manufacturing techniques including hand cutting, machining and finishing, you can stand in one room and watch one of our beautiful England Family bags be created from start to finish. The process is not unlike making a bespoke suit, with everything starting out with a paper pattern and material cutting.
Having our global brand rooted in rural England, both in the North and South of the country, has infused Aspinal with a heritage based upon traditional and luxury craftsmanship. Standing in the factory on Tannery Road you are surrounded by leather parts, pattern blocks, tools and machinery, and it's the clearest reminder of how important craftsmanship, production and manufacturing in the UK is today.
Created in tan leather and using traditional patterns for cutting, the England collection is crafted from highest quality English Saddler leather, English cast brass hardware and British bonded canvas and tweed. Made by hand in this factory, the England briefcase, messenger and small messenger borrow the structure and aesthetic of the traditional English sporting bag and bring it right up to date for an urban customer with each of the bags boasting tech compartments, practical features and a rugged English aesthetic.