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A bit more about our founder and

Barkworth Reeve

Barkworth Reeve is a family business, created at a kitchen table in the heart of a busy bustling, noisy home in Harrogate, on the edge of the glorious Yorkshire Dales.

The dream of our founder, Jennie Parker, at Barkworth Reeve, we aim to seamlessly combine country heritage materials with modern functionality, timeless proportions and Equestrian styling references all within a single product.

We passionate about creating and delivering purposeful products with a timeless aesthetic; products which will work hard and can be relied upon. Inspired by our love of the British countryside, mixing practicality with enduring style and solid craftsmanship. We make investment products which will last and remain relevant for the long-term. We are non-seasonal. We pursue perennial style and don’t chase fast fashion or ever-changing fickle trends. I resonate wholeheartedly with the quote by William Morris "Have nothing in your houses (I prefer to swap this to "life") that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful", the aim of Barkworth Reeve is to create and bring you products which are both useful and beautiful.

All our products are loaded with little references to assure you they are the absolute opposite of mass market design. Every element is considered, refined and is there ultimately to make your life a little bit easier.

This isn’t a corporate venture, its not a ‘stack them high and sell them cheap’, it’s a love letter to the women whom the brand is named after. Its personal, it’s me, a Mum wanting to help other women by providing beautiful and functional accessories, which look good and don’t date.

At Barkworth Reeve, we set, what we feel is a fair approach to pricing. It's simple – we consider the materials and craftsmanship, and set our prices accordingly. There's no hidden magic, just a commitment to delivering genuine value. Sometimes we have to compromise, a case of us accepting a little less in order to maintain one of our founding principles. We hope it reflects our unwavering core value, rooted in the belief that transparent and honest pricing is at the heart of who we are.

We only source leather from LWG certified tanneries. The Leather Working Group is the leading environmental certification for leather and means it is tanned in an environmentally responsible way. All of our leather is tanned within a mile of the family owned and run factory where it is produced and has a minimal carbon footprint. Our hides are tanned to order, reducing waste, and we use our handbag offcuts to produce our smaller gifting products

We use metal hardware which can be recycled when a bag comes to the end of its life, and we are working towards using YKK Natulon zips which have 100% recycled polyester zip tape – we aren’t there yet, but it will happen. Our bag linings are either LWG certified leather or Cotton.

Design Details
The story behind the shape of the branded plate which you will see on all our bags is an example of this. I knew I wanted a shape which was clean and fluid, no strong angles. I had messed around sketching various shapes, Bertie kept jumping up (he wanted to be let out to chase the wood pigeons which were taunting him on the fence in the garden). Whilst stroking his velvety head it just clicked,
I sketched out the shape of his little nose and the shape evolved from there.