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Joanna Umpleby
Joanna - The owner and maker of Umpie Handbags

Look no further than my Handmade Bags if you want an elegant way to spruce up your wardrobe.
I'm passionate about creating one-of-a-kind handbags in my accessories studio in Yorkshire. I hand-make each bag from the most luxurious and unique fabrics I can source. These individual designs are perfect for any occasion and add a special touch to your outfit.
For too many decades than I care to remember, I have been creating handbags. It all began professionally in 1982 when I started working with Jane Shilton, a traditional bag manufacturing company in London. Throughout the subsequent years, I have dedicated my time to perfecting the craft of designing and constructing women's quality handbags.

Choose the Umpie Bag that's Right for You.

Buying a handmade handbag is an investment so it's worth taking the time to choose a bag that's right for you.
Start with the handbag fabric that's the best choice for your lifestyle and what you want from your bag. Umpie offer a wide selection of beautiful fabrics to fit any occasion.

1. Start with the Handbag Fabric Choice.

Floral Bags add a touch of elegance to any outfit and brighten up your look. It's also a great way to express your personality and style through your outfit. With their beautiful and intricate floral patterns, a floral handbag is truly a fashion statement that you won't regret investing in.

Lilac Floral Crossbody Bag by Umpie Handbags

Animal Print Bags are statement bags, certain to make an impression. Perfect for adding a touch of edginess to any outfit, they can be worn to a variety of events, from casual outings to formal occasions. With their unique and eye-catching patterns, animal print bags are a must-have accessory for any fashion-forward individual.

Velvet Tiger Shoulder Bag by Umpie Handbags

Tartan Bags are a fun and stylish accessory that can add some personality to any outfit. When it comes to wearing tartan it's important to choose a bag that complements your outfit. If you're wearing a bold, colourful outfit, a more neutral tartan bag can help balance out the look. On the other hand, if you're wearing a more subdued outfit, a bold tartan bag can help add some visual interest.


Black Checked Handbag by Umpie Handbags

Kilim Bags are stylish, eye-catching and add a pop of colour and texture to any outfit. A kilim bag is a great investment for anyone who wants to add some personality to their wardrobe while also enjoying the benefits of a well-made, long-lasting accessory.

Canvas Crossbody Bag Kilim Design by Umpie Handbags


William Morris Bags prove that classic design always stands the test of time. A great choice for anyone looking for a stylish and functional accessory in classic designs, featuring intricate patterns and bold colours.


William Morris Crossbody Bag by Umpie Handbags

Velvet Bags add luxury and sophistication to any outfit. Soft and plush they provide a comfortable and tactile way to carry your belongings. Modern velvets are quite robust these days, with stain guard finishes to help keep your bag in tip-top shape.

The Green Velvet Hobo Bag with a Leopard print leather strap from the Velvet Bag Collection  by Umpie Handbags

Harris Tweed Bags provide ultimate style and luxury. This top-quality hand woven wool is durable, hard-wearing and can withstand wear and tear, making it a great investment. It's a natural material that is sustainable and environmentally friendly.  Additionally, Harris Tweed has a unique texture and appearance that adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

Harris Tweed Orange Hobo Bag by Umpie Handbags

Eco-fabric Bags are a new range made from innovative European fabric produced from the recycling of plastic bottles! The bottles are melted and turned into 100% Recycled Yarn, then woven into eco-friendly fabric.

Using plastic bottles to make fabric sounds like it might be stiff and brittle, but it's not like that at all. This eco-fabric has the feel and durability of a quality tapestry with beautiful, vibrant colours. These stylish, eco-fabric bags are designed to make a statement with their unique look.

Bumblebee Tote Bag by Umpie Handbags


2. Choose the Handbag Type that Best Meets your Needs.

Crossbody Bags are a convenient and practical accessory that allows you to keep your hands free while carrying your essentials. They can help to distribute the weight of your bag evenly across your body, reducing the strain on your shoulders and back. My Crossbodybags will give you all the freedom and convenience you need while still being stylish, edgy and unique.

Crossbody Bags for women by Umpie Handbags

Shoulder Bags need to be both functional and lightweight to carry all your everyday essentials. Umpie Shoulder Bags all close with a zip-top to keep all your valuables safe and secure. They feature a further inside zipper pocket and a phone pocket to help organise the inside and comfortable shoulder length leather straps.

Women's shoulder bags made in the UK by Umpie Handbags

Hand-held Handbags are an essential accessory for special occasions or if you just prefer to use a smaller sized bag. These bags provide a fashionable, elegant style that is lighter and more comfortable to carry and it's easier to find what you need quickly with a smaller bag. They come in a choice of beautiful fabrics that are sure to add a touch of glamour to any event!

Black Checked Handbag by Umpie Handbags

Tote bags are spacious enough to carry all of your essentials, making them perfect for busy days on the go. With a tote bag, you can easily fit your phone, keys, water bottle, and even a small laptop or tablet. These everyday Tote Bags are a functional and stylish accessory that will make your life easier and more organised. Available in various beautiful designs, they're the ideal companion no matter where your day will take you.

Women's Floral Tote Bag, made in the UK by Umpie Handbags

Hobo Bags  are characterised by their soft and slouchy construction. A more casual bag shape which is easy to sling over your shoulder, they are very much a grab and go accessory. Umpie Hobo Bags come in a selection of beautiful fabrics with plain or animal print leather straps.

Woman wearing the Royal Stewart Tartan Hobo Bag by Umpie Handbags


Weekend Bags are ideal for short trips and journeys, making them the perfect choice for weekend getaways or as a carry-on bag when flying. Lightweight and versatile they can be hand-carried or fit over your shoulder. These beautiful bags provide plenty of space to store all your essentials in one place on the go.

Womens Canvas Weekend Bags, by Umpie Handbags


Umpie Bags are only available here!

Umpie Bags can only be found here at this online shop. There is no other place you can purchase my exclusive designs. These handbags are not sold in other shops or stores, nor are they offered by any other companies.

Invest in a Unique Bag!

Handmade bags stand out from the crowd, bringing a unique touch to your wardrobe. At Umpie Bags, I carefully craft my bags with extra attention to detail. I'm proud to provide you with a quality product you will cherish for many years.
Shop now and find the perfect bag that reflects your style!

Thank you for looking, Joanna