Brand Focus: Chapman Rucksacks

Finding sturdy, practical bags can be a difficult task, and even more so when you’re trying to find practicality and quality. Chapman is a brand that seeks to provide a solution, offering classic, practical bags that are made in England and draw on classic British references to give them their unique style.

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Manufactured in Carlisle, Chapman bags are still made using traditional handcrafted methods to give them their character. The material used is hand cut from patterns, is machined by hand and the saddlery work that goes into the leather detailing on each bag is still done the old-fashioned way.

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Chapman bags are designed to work both out in the country, with their rugged durability and practical materials, and also in the city, thanks to their modern details and stylish shapes. These bags work well with classic, retro styles – think blazers, chinos and deck shoes – but could also equally be used by country-files to go with their tweed, wellies and corduroy trousers.

The latest addition to the range is the Helvellyn – a modern take on the archetypal rucksack but with classic toggle fastenings and leather trims to make it unique. It is made from turned and waxed domestic ash and the paint finishes on it are of marine quality, so you know that these bags are designed to last.

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The Helvellyn comes in at £299 but generally prices range anywhere from £100 to £300 depending on what style you go for. Think of it as an investment – and you’ll be helping our economy, so it’s a win win!

Chapman bags are available from and in selected stores, the full list of which is available on their website.