About Umpie Handbags

Joanna Umpleby
Joanna U. Designer-Maker

If your looking for a unique handbag, a fabric bag that's quite different from mass-produced high street brands, then you've come to the right place! Umpie Handbags are handmade from designer fabrics at my studio in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

My mission is simple - to create unique handbags, in limited quantities, exclusive, original and wonderfully uncommon - for women everywhere to carry.


For over 20 years, I held the position of Design Director at a large British handbag manufacturing company in London and, it was here that I learnt my trade. My profession took me to many different countries, working in handbag factories in China, India and Korea. It was certainly challenging at times but also extremely rewarding, and I loved every moment of it. But in the back of my mind was always an ambition to create a handbag brand. In particular, I wanted to focus on luxury fabrics and to make the handbags myself. It's important to me to create something beautiful with my own hands.


Umpie Yorkshire originally began in 2009 as a family partnership selling various products, including bags, at Craft fairs. In 2016 when we amicably parted, I took over the handbag side of the business and re-branding it Umpie Handbags. As Umpie Handbags now heads into its 5th year, the unique and recognisable style of an Umpie Bag, is I feel, firmly established.


Making the bags myself gives me the freedom to add new styles whenever I source a new fabric, so the Collections are regularly updated. It's always worth checking my 'New In' collection to see the latest designs.

Umpie Bags are only available on this online store. I don't sell to any shops, stores or make handbags for any other companies.

Visits to my workshop are welcome but by appointment only.
Please email me here.  info@umpiehandbags.com 
 phone +44 (0)1609 760142

Thank you for looking, I hope you find a beautiful Umpie Bag you'll love...