About Umpie Bags

Joanna Umpleby proprietor of Umpie Handbags
Joanna Umpleby - Proprietor

If your looking for a unique handbag, a bag that's quite different from mass produced handbags on the high street, then you've come to the right place!
Umpie Bags are handmade from beautiful designer fabrics at my small studio workshop 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.
Black Pinstriped Crossbody Bag with leather strap, by Umpie Bags
The Black Pinstripe Crossbody Bag


A bit of background

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 an ambition to one day, design and create my own line of Women's Designer Fabric Handbags.
I particularly wanted to focus on Bespoke, original Limited Edition Handbags, and most importantly, to actually make the handbags myself.

The Kilim Handbag, by Umpie Bags
The Kilim Handbag Collection

Umpie Handbags began in 2009 and, as the business now heads into its 11th year, the unique and recognisable style of an Umpie Bag is quite firmly established.

Tiger Tote Bag in Black/Bronze with black leather straps, by Umpie Bags
The Tiger Print Tote Bag


Making the bags myself gives me the freedom to add new styles whenever I source a new and interesting fabric, so the Collections are regularly updated. If you don't find a bag on your first visit, it's worth checking again on a regular basis as new Umpie Bags are continually being added.

Red Tartan Shoulder Bag with black leather handles, by Umpie Bags
The Red Tartan Shoulder Bag

Umpie Bags are only available here, 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...