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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

Large Square Bottom Tote by Stephanie Dawn
Large Square Bottom Tote by Stephanie Dawn


Clare V. Simple Leather Tote
Clare V. Simple Leather Tote


Top 3 handbag brands made in the USA

Clare V.

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.

BrandMade inBag typesWhat to knowWhere to buy
14th RoseUSALeather handbags, clutches, wristlets and cellphone pursesWholesale orders available
ArtifactNebraskaTotes, purses and work apronsOffers lifetime guarantee against defects in workmanship or materials
BagguNew YorkLeather drawstring and box purses and phone slingsOnly its leather bags are American-made
Beau & Ro Bag CompanyNew YorkClutches, crossbody bags, fanny packs, backpacks and wine totesCustom orders available
Blair RitcheyOhioClutches, handbags and totesLuxury bags designed for function
Brynn CapellaIllinoisClutches, handbags, wallets and satchelsLeather imported from Italy
CALIFOCaliforniaLeather handbags, clutches and walletsOne-of-kind, customizable bags available
Calleen CorderoCaliforniaLeather handbags, clutches and walletsFor every product sold at one of its two retail stores, Calleen Cordero plants two trees.
cinda bIndianaTotes, backpacks, wallets, wristlets, beach bags and cosmetic bagsBags are made of poly/nylon fabric and are water- and stain-resistant and machine washable.
Clare V.CaliforniaHandbags, wallets and travel bagsExclusively made in America since 2008
CuyanaCaliforniaLeather totes and crossbody bagsOnly select items are made in the US.
Frank CleggMassachusettsLeather totes, briefcases and backpacksVegetable tanned leather imported from Europe
Fred EisenPennsylvaniaLeather purses, totes, shoulder bags, messenger bags and moreCustom made to order
Graf & LantzCaliforniaLeather and wool felt totes, clutches, backpacks, laptop sleeves, messenger bags and walletsVegetable tanned leather; strong sustainability policies with as little scraps and materials wasted as possible
Harvey’s HandbagsCaliforniaTotes, wallets, clutches, crossbody bags, backpacks and travel bagsBags are made out of seatbelts; special collaboration with Disney
Holly AikenNorth CarolinaTotes, handbags, diaper bags, clutches and walletsMost bags are made primarily of vinyl.
Jess RizzutiNew YorkDesigner handbags and clutchesEco-friendly designs
Joshu + VelaCaliforniaTotes, duffels and backpacksMade of canvas and leather
Mei VintageCaliforniaClutches, wallets, crossbody bags, fanny packs and tote bagsMany styles use upcycled materials.
Merci FortuneNew YorkLeather duffel bags, satchels and clutchesAll materials are made in the US.
Paige HamiltonCaliforniaHandbags, backpacks, clutches, totes and walletsNylon and leather imported from Italy
Pietro AlessandroNew YorkClutches, totes, messenger bags, wristlets and handbagsLeather imported from Italy
Rebecca Ray DesignsOhio and PennsylvaniaEquestrian-inspired handbags, clutches, totes, duffels and accessoriesProducts are guaranteed for life
Sea BagsMaineTotes, handbags, duffels, diaper bags, wine bags and travel bagsMade from recycled sails
Skipper BagsMarylandBeach totes and drawstring bagsMade from recycled sails
Stephanie DawnOhioQuilted handbags, totes and specialty bagsSimilar look as Vera Bradley bags, but made in America
Uptown RedesignsLouisianaLarge tote bagsMade of recycled clothing garments
Malibu AmericanCaliforniaClutches, totes and cross-body bagsAll materials are sourced in America

Retailers that offer American-made handbag and wallet options

Just a few of the retailers that stock American-made handbag and wallet brands include:

Nordstrom: Designer leather handbags from leading brands.
If you're looking to treat yourself to a little handmade luxury, check out Nordstrom's stock of brands like Clare V. and other high-end designers.
  • Free shipping over $0
  • Free returns
  • No financing options
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Anthropologie: Find a small selection of American-made brands.
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.
  • Free shipping over $150
  • No free returns
  • Finance your order with Afterpay
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Amazon: A surprising amount of made-in-USA bags list on this marketplace.
Shop from brands like SeaBags, Stephanie Dawn, Brynn Capella and more.
  • Free shipping over $25
  • Free returns
  • No financing options
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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.

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