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Welcome to StowBags where we specialise in just one thing – unique, original, bespoke, handcrafted bags.  We are passionate about making bags that are unique and stand out from the crowd.  That said, bags, whether messenger, drawstring, beach or evening need to combine being gorgeous with practicality so they can become a much-loved part of your life.  Open up a StowBags’ original creation and you may find a jazzy lining, a cute inside pocket, a key chain, or a little emblem that will make you smile.  Each bag is handcrafted from quality materials from all around the world, and all are made with a special supply of StowBags love (cannot be purchased separately!).

We take extreme pride in handcrafting bags for every occasion.  Bags that can accompany you on a shopping trip, bags that you can take on holiday and sit with you on the beach, and even bags that can join you for a special romantic night out.  Whatever the occasion, StowBags has the perfect bespoke creation for you.

We are here to feed your passion and make all your friends green with envy! If you are looking for handcrafted bags that no-one else has or will ever have, StowBags can make your dream come true!


StowBags’ Philosophy

StowBags began life in a Walthamstow kitchen after a very unsuccessful pre-holiday shopping trip. Was it too much to ask I wondered? Surely I wasn’t asking for the world?

  1.   All I wanted was a bag big enough to hold a guide book, but not so large that I would need a holiday to recover from carrying it.
  2.   I wanted something original and cheerful, yet durable.
  3.   I definitely didn’t want a bag that was mass-produced and gazing at me from every shop on the way to the beach.

Although the designs and features have evolved and developed, the basic concept behind each StowBag hasn’t changed. Every single bag is unique and handcrafted with care. Most of all, when you open your StowBag we want your new purchase to make you smile. That’s why simple exteriors often reveal funky linings. Individuality and attention to detail go hand in hand, and it is this that makes each and every StowBag so special.

In line with this philosophy we ensure that no two bags are ever the same so you can be sure that any StowBags purchase is as unique as you are.

All our fabrics are sourced with the greatest care, and we are always searching for the wild, wacky and downright bizarre, to complement the more discreet patterns. We spend hours scouring the world searching high and low to find the most unique knick-knacks, emblems, hooks and fasteners. We really do have a range of materials to suit your every mood.
So, what are you waiting for? Explore the website, browse the styles on the home page to find your perfect bag, or think about creating a bespoke bag of your own with the Bespoke Service. For inspiration why not check out the Past Commissions, to see some of the bespoke bags we’ve created


Getting Into StowBags

To dive straight into exploring the bags, each style category can be found on the left of each page or you can go to our Home page to see pictures of the main styles in the collection. This is the easiest way to see what each of the styles looks like. Just click on any of these photos to get more information on the style and browse the bags we have in stock

StowBags create new collections all the time, so please keep checking back for updates. Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter or pin us on Pinterest. To see the inner workings of StowBags check out our pics on Instagram.

We love out very special ‘bespokers’. Their commissions have been, quite literally, inspirational. Nothing can compete with the satisfaction of hearing from delighted customers, and it is this feedback that has given us lots of great ideas for creating new designs from our wheelchair bags, to teddy bear harnesses. Just check out the comments from our beloved bespokers on the Bags on Tour page.

Feel free to go wild, have fun and enjoy the best handcrafted bags on the web!

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