About our bags

We make all our bags here in Britain. We work closely with our factory in the North of England to make each and every bag. It’s a really traditional workshop: we rely on skilled craftspeople to do everything from hand-cutting the cloth to edge staining the leather to sewing it all together.

Just like our cloth designs – we’re particular about every single detail.

The leather

We only use full-grain leather, which means the very top of a hide. It’s the most durable part, which means that it looks better and better with time (unlike cheaper ‘corrected grain’ leather, which crumbles and flakes). It’s vegetable-tanned, which gives it the rich colour.
Emma Cornes full grain leather close-up

The tweed

We design all our own cloths and have them woven up in Scotland, just north of the Cairngorms. Our mill has many, many years of experience weaving all sorts of wools, from the finest suiting cloths to the heaviest rugs and scarves. We use a slightly finer yarns than a lot of the traditional heavyweight tweeds which are still really durable but have a softer feel.

Emma Cornes Bridgewater tweed close-up

We back our tweed with a cotton canvas, bonded using a waterproof laminate. It gives the cloth a firmer feel which helps the bags hold their shape, and it’s always handy to know you won’t be caught out by a sudden downpour.

The hardware

All our buckles and clasps are cast in England from solid brass.

It’s not a cheap way of doing things, but they last so much better: you don’t have to worry about rubbing through the coating if you use your bag every day.

Emma Cornes solid brass buckle

Our zips are top quality YKK zips. We’ve tried loads of different zips before we arrived at these. While most people won’t notice the quality, they really do make a difference.

Emma Cornes YKK zip puller

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