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High street handbag manufacturer launches own label online

Handbag manufacturer Cooper & Hill is launching its first transactional website on March 7.

The London-based business, which has been manufacturing handbags for the high street for the last 25 years, wants to make premium products “affordable for everybody” by selling direct to consumers at wholesale prices.

The made-to-order and ready-to-wear bags are made with antique and soft Napa leather and retail prices range from £59 for leather and nylon mix bags to £299 for made-to-order leather satchels.

Co-founder George Powell said: “We are changing the way consumers shop for their bags. We set out to create a line of luxury leathers to bridge the price gap in the market. We are designing and creating products that we want to last a lifetime; it’s about creating that one essential piece you’ll keep forever whether it’s brought to you from our inspirations or from your bespoke design.”

To celebrate the launch of the website Cooper & Hill is running a competition inviting members of the public to design their own bag. The winning entry will then be made by the brand and shipped to the winner. The deadline for entries is March 21.

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