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Top American-made leather handbags and wallets
The best clutches, hobos and totes born in the heartland.
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There’s a sense of luxury that comes along with buying an American-made leather bag, purse or wallet — and also a sense of pride for supporting American workers and the US economy. Whether you’re in the market for a tote bag or wallet, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for from these top made-in-the-USA purse brands.
- Note that not every product available on these websites is necessarily made in the USA. Some brands may only offer a small selection of American-made products. Check the product description before buying to be sure.
Our top picks
BAGGU Crossbody Purse
Large Square Bottom Tote by Stephanie Dawn
Clare V. Simple Leather Tote
Top 3 handbag brands made in the USA
Monogramming and unexpected designs set this brand apart.
Clare V. has been producing bags in Los Angeles since 2008. You’ll find funky patterns and unusual textures — like rattan — in its lineup, as well as outside-the-box color schemes. Every bag is made in LA using fine imported fabrics. Bonus points: the retailer is currently offering 15% off your first purchase when you sign up for the mailing list.
Custom patchwork bags to sturdy leather totes made in Beverly Hills.
CALIFO began when founder Carrie Ucer designed a bag adorned with colorful patches with the help of her children. Her traffic-stopping collection has since grown to include quality leather totes, satchels and wallets along with the one-of-a-kind patch bags that started it all.
Every stitch comes from the heartland.
The entire production line of Merci-Fortune’s bags happens in the US — from leather sourced from US tanneries to its American-made stain-resistant fabric linings, and designed and made in New York City. Bags are well-crafted and as durable as they are elegant and stylish. Plus, as of December 2020, you can score 20% off your order with the code FRIENDS20.
Made in USA brands
We’ve put together a list of top brands that make leather handbags here in the good ole U.S. of A. Where possible, we’ve noted which collections from these brands are American-made, but double-check the item’s import status before purchasing to be sure.
|Brand||Made in||Bag types||What to know||Where to buy|
|14th Rose||USA||Leather handbags, clutches, wristlets and cellphone purses||Wholesale orders available|
|Artifact||Nebraska||Totes, purses and work aprons||Offers lifetime guarantee against defects in workmanship or materials|
|Baggu||New York||Leather drawstring and box purses and phone slings||Only its leather bags are American-made|
|Beau & Ro Bag Company||New York||Clutches, crossbody bags, fanny packs, backpacks and wine totes||Custom orders available|
|Blair Ritchey||Ohio||Clutches, handbags and totes||Luxury bags designed for function|
|Brynn Capella||Illinois||Clutches, handbags, wallets and satchels||Leather imported from Italy|
|CALIFO||California||Leather handbags, clutches and wallets||One-of-kind, customizable bags available|
|Calleen Cordero||California||Leather handbags, clutches and wallets||For every product sold at one of its two retail stores, Calleen Cordero plants two trees.|
|cinda b||Indiana||Totes, backpacks, wallets, wristlets, beach bags and cosmetic bags||Bags are made of poly/nylon fabric and are water- and stain-resistant and machine washable.|
|Clare V.||California||Handbags, wallets and travel bags||Exclusively made in America since 2008|
|Cuyana||California||Leather totes and crossbody bags||Only select items are made in the US.|
|Frank Clegg||Massachusetts||Leather totes, briefcases and backpacks||Vegetable tanned leather imported from Europe|
|Fred Eisen||Pennsylvania||Leather purses, totes, shoulder bags, messenger bags and more||Custom made to order|
|Graf & Lantz||California||Leather and wool felt totes, clutches, backpacks, laptop sleeves, messenger bags and wallets||Vegetable tanned leather; strong sustainability policies with as little scraps and materials wasted as possible|
|Harvey’s Handbags||California||Totes, wallets, clutches, crossbody bags, backpacks and travel bags||Bags are made out of seatbelts; special collaboration with Disney|
|Holly Aiken||North Carolina||Totes, handbags, diaper bags, clutches and wallets||Most bags are made primarily of vinyl.|
|Jess Rizzuti||New York||Designer handbags and clutches||Eco-friendly designs|
|Joshu + Vela||California||Totes, duffels and backpacks||Made of canvas and leather|
|Mei Vintage||California||Clutches, wallets, crossbody bags, fanny packs and tote bags||Many styles use upcycled materials.|
|Merci Fortune||New York||Leather duffel bags, satchels and clutches||All materials are made in the US.|
|Paige Hamilton||California||Handbags, backpacks, clutches, totes and wallets||Nylon and leather imported from Italy|
|Pietro Alessandro||New York||Clutches, totes, messenger bags, wristlets and handbags||Leather imported from Italy|
|Rebecca Ray Designs||Ohio and Pennsylvania||Equestrian-inspired handbags, clutches, totes, duffels and accessories||Products are guaranteed for life|
|Sea Bags||Maine||Totes, handbags, duffels, diaper bags, wine bags and travel bags||Made from recycled sails|
|Skipper Bags||Maryland||Beach totes and drawstring bags||Made from recycled sails|
|Stephanie Dawn||Ohio||Quilted handbags, totes and specialty bags||Similar look as Vera Bradley bags, but made in America|
|Uptown Redesigns||Louisiana||Large tote bags||Made of recycled clothing garments|
|Malibu American||California||Clutches, totes and cross-body bags||All materials are sourced in America|
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Retailers that offer American-made handbag and wallet options
Just a few of the retailers that stock American-made handbag and wallet brands include:
Anthropolgie offers a unique and ever-changing selection of designer handbags, clutches and decor — some made in America. Check product listings to confirm where they come from before buying.
Are American-made handbags more expensive than imported bags?
Not necessarily. While many American-made handbag brands can be a bit pricey, that’s because they typically offer handmade, designer handbags that are more expensive to produce than your average bag. Their handmade imported counterparts are usually just as expensive.
On the other hand, bags that are mass-produced in countries outside of the United States can be much cheaper because it takes much less time and money to create them. If you’re looking for a more affordable made-in-the-USA handbag option, check out Stephanie Dawn, Holly Aiken and cinda b.
Common questions about American-made handbags
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