For over 20 years I held the position of Design Director of Handbags at Jane Shilton London.
My profession took me all over the world working with some of the most high-profile,
iconic Fashion Houses. 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 one
day design and create my own line of women's unique British handbags.
I particularly wanted to move away from mass produced factories and focus on bespoke,
original and unique handbags, and most importantly, to actually make the handbags myself.
Umpie began in 2009 and, as the business approaches its 9th year, we are now firmly established
with our own particular unique style of handbag. Using beautiful fabrics and unusual
prints, trimmed with leather or jute handles and our Umpie Yorkshire signature logo.
Umpie handbags stand apart from the crowd.
Each handbag is designed, cut out and individually made at our Umpie Workshop in Northallerton,
We pay great attention to detail and quality ensuring each bag is finished to the highest standard.Making the bags myself and with the help of 2 local craftswomen, means new styles may be finished,
photographed and up on our website within a couple of days, so if you do not find a bag on your first visit,
it's worth checking again on a regular basis as new bags are continually being added.
Thank you for looking, I hope you find a beautiful bag you love...
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