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Classic Bags Our Story:

A lot has happened at Classic Bags since the company was established in 1999. Opening as a high street family business catering for the needs of local people in Horsham West Sussex, Classic Bags have developed into a specialist independent retailer of quality leather business bags, travel bags, back packs, laptop cases, and accessories aimed at the professional person looking for that extra special business piece.

In 2002 Classic Bags out grew its original store in East Street Horsham, and relocated to The Swan Walk shopping centre. It was here that the business grew from strength to strength, becoming renowned as one of the South East’s premier destinations for luggage and leather business pieces. The business continued to flourish and in 2012 Classic Bags again out grew the Swan Walk store and moved to larger premises in Piries Place, the heart of historic Horsham.

5 Piries Place opened in 2012 boasting almost twice the retail space of its Swan Walk predecessor. Situated amongst some of Horsham’s most popular independently run retailer’s restaurants and bars, Classic Bags had found its spiritual home. 2012 was an exciting year for Classic Bags, along with the move to new premises a new ecommerce site was launched and www.classic-bags.co.uk was born!

Over the coming years we worked hard to build the Classic Bags brand identity, our motivation was to provide our customers with something just a little different to the multinational chain stores. Brands such as South African based Jekyll and Hide, London based Knomo and Italian designer Mywalit, all of who sat well alongside established fashion brands such as Kipling. Our reputation grew as the store where you could always find that something just a little bit different!

Sadly, in late 2016 Classic Bags were shocked to be given the devastating news that Piries Place shopping centre had been sold to developers. Plans for the redevelopment of the area did not include retails units and we would not be offered alternative premises. This news was a hammer blow to the family run business and the search for a new home began!

At present our search for new premises continues and with the backing of our suppliers we continue to operate as an online business, the support we continue to enjoy from our loyal customer base is humbling, and we wish to thank all the people who continue to shop with us.

The Classic Bags philosophy stays the same, to offer our customers something just a little bit different!

Steve Johnston

General Manager & Business Development

Classic Bags

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