Bags of Talent – Chapman Bags

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 17.22.04No one can dispute the UK have an incredible reputation the world over for quality and craftsmanship whether that be in Car Production with the likes of Rolls Royce or Jaguar. In the service industry some of the best hotels in the world are based here in the shape of Claridges or the Dorchester. But one industry is still seen as a British world class market leader and that dear friends is in the style stakes, whether it be the sartorial suiting of Savile Row or the envious creativity of the Great British High Street Brands, every nation under the Sun looks to the UK, no matter if they are looking for Creative Directors, Editors or plain and simple good quality brands whose produces will last.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 17.22.52One such brand that very definitely falls into this category is Chapman who pride themselves on the craftsmanship which goes into each and every accessory they produce in their Tannery and factory still based in Cumbrian Border region. In fact many of their 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.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 17.23.39Every Chapman bag is manufactured at the company’s factory in Carlisle, Cumbria, from where products are shipped to clients worldwide. The company uses traditional hand crafted manufacturing techniques; including hand cutting all their bags from original patterns, hand machining and traditional saddlery work. This combination of traditional manufacturing techniques and high quality, natural materials, produces a unique finish quite unlike mass produced items.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 17.24.32However, it’s not all about tradition and age old techniques, a component of their new website is a new feature offering the ability to design and order a classic Chapman bag online using a wide range of materials and colours, enabling customers to create a bespoke bag to their own specification. The site contains rich and varied content as well as new product photography, including styled and modelled sizing shots of each bag.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 17.33.15The new Chapman brand identity draws on the Company’s origins as a field sports company, deeply rooted in the local Borders community. The new logo features two crossed fishing hooks, a reference to the Company’s historical association with the manufacture of fishing bags and accessories. The new branding also features stunning landscape photography of the Borders region in which Chapman is based, focusing on the 2,000 year old monument of Hadrian’s Wall, which runs the whole width of the Borders from coast to coast.


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