Chester Christmas Markets

After a hugely busy weekend setting up our festive market stall at Manchester Spinningfields, we are finally getting in gear to set up our little wooden chalet at Chester Christmas Markets tomorrow! The Markets start on Thursday (20th November), with trading beginning at 10am and going on until 8pm on Thursdays, and 6pm every other day.

We’ve been very busy getting all our Christmas decor designed and made in time for the big day, and we must say our chalet is going to look fab!

With 70 stalls feauturing the best of Cheshire’s food, drink, craft, and gifts, we really can’t wait to get stuck in to selling our satchels at Chester! We have a brilliant spot right in the heart of the city centre, on the historical Eastgate. As well as our stunning British made Rowallan leather satchels, we’ll be showcasing our new bespoke Cambridge Satchels at Chester, alongside some truly unique accessories, including vintage inspired scarves, real sheepskin bag charms, and handmade purses and wallets.

The markets are on from 20th November to 14th December, every day. Please come and say hello to us and soak up some of Chester’s traditional Christmas spirit!



Shop Local for Christmas!

mass produced tatWe’ve just come across this image courtesy of @craftbloguk on Twitter, and we couldn’t resist sharing it! More and more customers each year are turning to British handmade gifts, and rightly so! Christmas has become swallowed by mass produced, and it’s great to see that customers who are growing tired of the commercial and the corporate, are choosing to support local homegrown businesses at the most crucial time of year!

As a British grown business, not only do we provide a direct discourse with a customer, but we also go out of way to bring you the most original and carefully crafted products that make the most thoughtful and unique Christmas gifts! So this year we are putting a challenge to all our customers and blog readers – why don’t you see just how many gifts you can buy on your local high street or market!

This christmas, you can find us selling our British designed handmade satchels and bags at the following events and websites:

Chester Christmas Markets
Spinningfield’s Christmas Market
Buxton Artisan Market
Wilmslow Artisan Market
Knustford Makers Market
Trentham Hall Christmas Event

Our webpage
Great British Life Shop

Spinningfields Christmas Markets

Friday 14th November – Sunday 21st December

We’re SO excited to have been invited back to Spinningfield’s Christmas Markets in Manchester this year. This Friday we’re setting up for our very first weekend at the market, and we’ll be there every thursday through ’til sunday up until Christmas.

Running alongside the traditional Manchester Christmas Markets, Spinningfields Christmas Markets will be hosting the finest in local food and drink, handmade gifts, homewares, and of course, our beautiful handcrafted leather satchels.

Although we will be there every weekend on the run up to Christmas, the beauty of Spinningfields Christmas Markets is that many of the traders and street food operators will change weekly, leaving plenty of room for a different Christmas Market experience every weekend! Even better, there will be festive live music every night, as well as the Manchester Ice Rink just across the road!

Novelty Christmas hats and jumpers at the ready… we can’t wait to see you there this weekend!


Spinningfields Christmas Market will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm.

Top Five Xmas Gift Ideas For Men

All our Rowallan bags and satchels are designed to be unisex, and we’ve picked out the styles that prove most popular with the fellas! Ideal for work, pleasure, or travel – these bags are timeless classics which will last any man about town or country a lifetime.

All styles are available on our Great British Life store, and for a limited time on the run up to Christmas, you can save 10% off all purchases with the offer code ‘mistletoe’.


The Bronco Satchel
Available here in Cognac and Chocolate Brown
from £140

Comes with laptop insert, adjustable strap, fron and inside pockets, and hidden press stud openings.


The Denver Satchel
Available here in Tobacco and Cognac
from £100

Comes with adjustable strap, double front pockets, hidden press stud openings, and inside pen and mobile phone pockets.


The Bronco Briefcase
Available here in Cognac and Chocolate Brown
from £170

Comes with laptop insert, double front pockets, back pocket, adjustable and removable strap, top handle, inside pen holders


The Bronco Messenger Bag
Available here in Cognac and Chocolate Brown
from £120

Comes with adjustable strap, front and inside pockets, and hidden press stud opening


The Verona Wallet
Available here
from £25

Comes with two concertina pages of card holders, note holders, and coin compartment

Introducing…. The Winter 2014 Younique Satchel

introducing the younique sachel

DSC_0012 copy DSC_0015 copyThis week we have welcomed an exciting new addition into our collection of vintage inspired leather satchels. The Younique Satchel for Winter 2014 has been carefully designed by us and handmade by our leather crafter in South Wales. We have poured over every detail to bring you a satchel that brings together the classic Cambridge Satchel design with the feel and suppleness of a vintage-aged leather saddlebag…

Our British made leather satchels are carefully crafted from beautifully soft pillar box red British leather. We’ve fashioned the front pocket into a unique double pocket with stunning red stitching. There is a top handle as well as an adjustable strap, and the fastening buckles have gorgeous gold style brass buckles. The supple leather means that that breaking-in period of a classic Cambridge Satchel is in the past – this bag will mould to your body as soon as you start wearing it! It currently comes in two different sizes – the small measures approximately 10″ wide x 8″ high x 2″ deep, and is £80. Ideal for laptops and A4 folders, the larger one is approximately 15″ Width x 13″ Height x 2″ Depth, and is £120.

We’re really proud of our design and hope you’ll love it too… you will find it on our website and at our markets. We are also offering variations of this design, so if you love our satchel but fancy another colour or different size, don’t hesitate to get in touch!