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Handmade in England

Our story



We are a second-generation family-run business and have been making our exquisite, luxury bags and accessories for five decades. They are born from many things – our artisan craftsmanship, our stylish English heritage and our dedication to using only the very best quality materials. All our luxury leather and canvas bags are hand made here in the picturesque market town of Malton by our specialist makers who have mastered their art over many years.

We continue to grow and innovate with new designs and materials and you can view our amazing ranges online. If you can’t quite find what you are looking for, let us know and we might be able to create something bespoke,
just for you.


Each and every Croots bag and accessory bears testament to our dedication to unequalled quality and classic English style. That’s why we always insist on hand-picking our hides and use natural, vegetable-dyed leather to give us that unbeatable combination of subtleness and performance. Whilst our sturdy cotton canvas is of the finest grade and our pure natural rubber linings provide the best waterproofing by far.

Choose Croots for classic English quality.

Timeless beauty

We’ve been perfecting our stylish bags and accessories for over 50 years, ever since husband and wife founders, John and Margaret Smith, gave up on their search for the perfect sports bag and decided to hand craft one themselves – inspired by the enduring classic style that is synonymous with the gentrified world of English country living.

From those small artisan beginnings to becoming a world-renowned brand, Croots has grown to be one of the leading makers of luxury bags and accessories across the globe. All made by hand in our workshop here in Malton, England.

Discover the Croots story

  • John & Margaret Smith produce their first bag.
  • Throughout the decade, we learn new skills and build valuable relationships.
  • We relocate to the Market town of Malton, North Yorskhire.
  • Allistair Croot joins the company and exhibits at its first Export trade show, the IWA show in Nuremberg.
  • Allistair and Jackie Croot get married on a Safari in South Africa.
  • The Country Collection continues to grow and sees new stockists in the world's most respected outfitters.
  • Croots supply HRH Queen Elizabeth with a Byland Leather Cartridge bag with the Royal Standard. The first of many.
  • We rebrand, becoming leaders in the country sports accessories market.
  • The City Collection launches at the Men’s fashion show Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy.
  • We win a Gold Design Effectiveness Award for our brand identity design.
  • Continued growth around the world gains appreciation of the Made in England brand, with over 40 countries supplied.
  • Allistair Croot visits Asia, seeing new stockists in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Japan. The world respected Beams F begins trading with Croots.
  • Return to world travel continues growth around the world.
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