Chapman Bags About Us

Originally a manufacturer of fishing and shooting bags, John Chapman makes hand crafted canvas, leather and tweed bags for travel, leisure, business and sporting activities. We make all our bags in our Tannery Road factory in Carlisle, Cumbria, part of an old industrial site dating back over 300 years. We like to use high quality natural materials of British origin wherever possible. If you would like to see more information about our materials and manufacturing process, including a video of how we make the bags, click here.

The Story Of John Chapman

The Company was founded in the early 1980’s as a manufacturer of fishing and shooting bags by a local businessman, John Chapman, who still lives close to our Carlisle workshops. From nothing, he created a thriving business selling British made bags all over the world. Although John is retired now, and sold the business some years ago, we are still in touch with John and his wife Jo, a formidable team whose story is one of remarkable entrepreneurial and marketing success. If you would like to read more about the history of the Company, please click here.

Cumbria, The Borders And The Lakes

The Company has been established for many years in Cumbria, England. The natural beauty of the surrounding Lake District and Borders has provided much of the inspiration for our canvas, leather and tweed bags. A number of our bags are named after local places and pastimes.

Most of our employees are Cumbrian born and bred. While some have been with the Company for much of their working lives, we are also committed to taking on and training young people, an investment essential to maintaining the technical and craft skills required to manufacture in England. We recently launched three new apprentice programmes.

Factory Shop And Tours

We welcome visitors to our factory shop, which has been significantly expanded and refitted. We sell a wide range of bags and  showroom samples, many at attractive prices. Shop hours are 1000 to 1600 Monday to Friday. Please call us if you wish to visit outside those hours, which we may be able to accommodate. We also cater for factory tours by individuals and groups of no more than 15-20. Please call us on 01228 514514 to request a tour.

Trade, Corporate and Private Label Enquiries

We sell on a wholesale basis to shops all over the world. We have dedicated sales support and a showroom in London and also participate in overseas trade shows at selected locations during the year.

The Company manufactures for numerous clothing and accessories’ designers and brands and we offer a full design, sampling, sourcing and production service. Our Carlisle manufacturing facility has been significantly expanded and upgraded to cater for a wide range of bag making requirements.

We also manufacture industrial bags and related products, including specialist covers for various types of machinery and electrical equipment.

We manufacture for a number of businesses for their particular corporate needs, including well known consumer brands and financial services companies.

We also receive regular requests for bespoke commissions for theatrical, TV and cinematic productions. If you need a specialist or period bag for a film, stage or television show, please contact us at .

Please contact us at or call us on 01228 514514 to discuss your wholesale, own label, industrial and corporate requirements.