The goal of this article is to introduce you to some of the best leather bags in Canada. Are you tired of fast fashion or buying products that don’t transition from season to season? Made in Canada leather bags truly stand the test of time and will be with you for years to come, regardless of seasons or trends that come and go.
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Where To Shop For CANADIAN LEATHER BAGS
Illo Leather Bags
Illo Leather is a Calgary business owned by Sara Nishi. Sara creates leather bags in Canada with hand tools (no sewing machines) and vegetable tanned leather. Her designs are modern, minimalist and very fashionable.
Hides Handcrafted is a local Toronto business that creates a variety of leather bags that are 100% handmade and come with a lifetime warranty. They make everything from wallets, messenger and duffle bags, backpacks, belts, toiletry bags, and more. They also offer personalization and free shipping across Canada.
Janie Nicole Leather is a Canadian leather bag manufacturer and local Calgary business. We love their small crossbody bag with an antique brass swing clasp (shown below). This shop is a star seller on Etsy and we can see why with the large amount of five star reviews for their Canadian made leather bags.
Bucks Leather Co.
Bucks Leather Co. is a local Toronto shop creating Canadian made leather bags that are of heirloom quality. They have a variety of styles to choose from including weekender, crossbody and tote leather bags. We personally love the tote bag with crossbody strap shown below. They also make leather wallets and toiletry bags which we’ve added to our Toronto gifts for him shopping guide.
It’s rare that we come across a business that stands by their product as much as NAB Leather does by offering a lifetime guarantee on their handcrafted Canadian made leather bags. NAB Leather is a local Toronto shop and has an amazing collection of luxurious and durable leather duffle bags. Choose from black or brown full grain Italian leather. If you need a leather belt or wallet along with your leather bag, they make those too!
Karen Kalashnik Leather Bags
Another shop to buy leather bags in Canada is from local Toronto shop, Karen Kalashnik. Their Canadian leather bags are perfect for anyone looking for a unique, super trendy bag. Whether it’s fringe, unique hardware or gold zippers, Karen Kalashnik creates some of our favourite leather bags and purses.
Hammerthreads: Canadian Leather Bags
Hammerthreads in based in Woodstock, NB and makes all of their leather bags in Canada using full grain leather. Full grain leather means that it hasn’t been altered in any way and may include scratches and marks. This gives each bag character and makes them truly unique. Our favourite is the contrast tote (shown below).
Thistle Industries Leather Bags
Thistle Industries is a local British Columbia shop based in Fort St John. They create made in Canada high quality leather bags that have all been thoroughly tested to make sure they meet high quality and design standards. Our favourite design of theirs is the ‘Rocket Queen’. It’s perfect for travel as it has a fully enclosed zipper top and interior pockets for phone, passport, etc. The unique patterned detail is an added bonus! It would make a great gift for travel lovers.
Double SS Leather
Double SS Leather is a local Alberta shop and family-run business based in Strathmore. The owner, designer and maker, Sharon, has learned from her parents (Stan & Mabel) who have been building saddles for over 40 years! She creates Canadian leather bags that are fashionable but also incredibly durable and can stand the test of time.
All leather bags from Loka Studio are handmade by owner and designer Sam in Vittoria, ON. Her leather purses (shown below) have raw edges and a more organic feel while her leather totes and clutches have more of a minimal and modern feel with clean lines. There are also lots of colours to choose from.
Nathaly Fox & Co.
Nathaly Fox & Co is a local Quebec shop based in Laval creating unique leather bags and accessories. A lot of their made in Canada leather products have unique buckles, stitching, and other little details we love.
Onquata Leather Bags
Onquata is a local Quebec shop based in Wendake founded by mother-daughter duo, Lise & Lara. They’re focused on celebrating Indigenous culture and supporting Indigenous artisans to create made in Canada leather handbags with trendy fringe. They also make really beautiful hand painted canoe paddles.
Beard & Bonnet
Beard & Bonnet is based in Warman, SK. These leather bags are handmade using chrome tanned leather and feature bronze rivets. This gorgeous bag features an exterior pocket and two interior pockets.
Wilhem & Friends Leather Bags
Wilhem & Friends is based in Vancouver, BC and has an amazing collection of made in Canada leather products like luggage tags, laptop sleeves and a leather duffle bag. This gorgeous bag (shown below) is perfect for weekend getaways, a stylish carry on, or heading to the gym.
Sadelmager, based in Alliston and Toronto, uses traditional saddlery techniques that were passed on from the father of co-owner and designer, Becca. All bags are handcrafted with vegetable tanned leather and North American sourced materials. Their bags are truly built to last.
These are some of the best leather bags in Canada. Your support of these Canadian makers and businesses means so much. Thank you for shopping local.