In Autumn 2012 we were making our way through North India on a holiday/adventure and came across a shop selling these unique handmade bags - it was love at first sight. The only problem was which to choose, but it was the barrel bag who came along and survived the chaotic public transport system and glorious scenes that the country had to offer.
Returning home with my bag still intact was a light bulb moment. Beaumont Bags was created! We felt that the good people outside of India’s tourism pitstops deserved the chance to have a bag of their very own.
A few e-mails were exchanged between me and the shop owner, who remembered me from my enthusiasm, and it wasn’t long before a taste of India landed in Sheffield. The first order arrived with a selection of handmade satchels and saddle bags which were snapped up as quickly as they'd taken to arrive! Made from beautiful goat skins, they are all unique, ranging from the natural colour whilst others have been naturally tanned in sunflower oil, soaking up the Indian sun giving off its own personality.
Our collection has expanded over time with numerous new styles, shapes and sizes (satchels for every occasion, bags for iPads and laptops, shoppers, backpacks, cameras and many more). They have been featured in Exposed Magazine, Elle and Company Magazine, last Christmas we were at the Clothes Show, NEC and our bags are stocked in stores (details here). Most weekends we attend craft fairs and festivals - Tour Dates give details on where we will be.
Disclaimer: Don’t worry, we don’t knowingly exploit the hard working Indians! We buy our bags at the shop's retail price and our orders have helped the business be sustainable throughout the lengthy quiet season, whilst keeping the craftsmen employed an additional 7 months of the year.