A decade of coincidences made Cora + Spink what it is today.

From chance encounters on a bus, to out of the blue phone calls from India, C + S morphed from keeping a roof over my head, to a range of bags that help keep 1000’s of customers, workers and suppliers happy everyday…

Why Cora..?

At Cora + Spink, we believe that the spirit of adventure is alive and well.

Inspired by the travels of great, great, great aunt Cora, who embarked on a grand tour of Europe over 200 years ago. Despite the challenges of travel in her time, Cora explored France, Italy, and Germany, with a thirst for knowledge and happiness.

In 2003, Cora's legacy inspired us to start a business that reflects her adventurous spirit. We create backpacks that are designed to be functional, durable, and stylish, whether you're commuting to work or trekking through the wilderness. Our backpacks are crafted with the same attention to detail and passion for exploration that Cora embodied so long ago.

At Cora + Spink, we believe that every journey, whether big or small, can be an adventure. We're committed to creating high-quality products that help you explore the world and embrace the spirit of Cora's grand tour. Join us on this journey of discovery and adventure, and let us help you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.


At Cora + Spink, we’re committed to creating backpacks that are not only durable and long-lasting, but also ethically made. In a world that often values fast and cheap over quality and longevity, we’ve made it our mission to do things differently.

As a small business, we have the flexibility and determination to stand up for what we believe in. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to designing and crafting backpacks that are built to last and can be passed down through generations. But it’s not just about the products we create – it’s also about the people we work with.

We believe in supporting every worker, supplier, and customer who touches a C+S product. That means ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions, and ethical practices throughout our supply chain. We’re committed to making a positive impact on the world, one backpack at a time.

Above all else, our ultimate goal is to make people happy. We believe that a great backpack can be a source of joy and comfort on life’s many journeys, whether you’re commuting to work, exploring a new city, or embarking on a grand adventure. We want every C+S customer to feel confident that they’ve made a wise investment in a high-quality product that will serve them well for years to come.


Cora + Spink’s journey began in 2004 as part of an undergraduate degree project at the University of Birmingham. The project, titled “The Environmental Impact of the Fashion Industry,” explored the unsustainable nature of clothing production and proposed changes to reduce environmental impact.

This project sparked the idea that would eventually become Cora + Spink. We started by using reclaimed and recycled yarns and fabrics, as well as pattern design that reduced waste. From our humble beginnings in a spare bedroom in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, we have come a long way.

Thanks to hard work and determination, Cora + Spink was fully launched in November 2014, with our first collection becoming available in 2015. We funded the project through a combination of selling the contents of our family’s garden shed, our own savings, and a lucky credit card.

Today, we’re proud to say that we have our own workshop in Delhi and a warehouse in Warwickshire. Our commitment to sustainability and ethical practices remains at the core of everything we do, from the materials we use to the way we treat our workers and customers.

At Cora + Spink, we’re always striving to improve and innovate. We’re grateful for our beginnings and excited for what the future holds.


At Cora + Spink, we believe that good design should consider all aspects of the product. That means treating the people who make the product with the same care and respect as the materials we use, the packaging we use, and the people who sell and use our products.

Every Cora + Spink backpack is designed with a specific job in mind, whether it’s commuting to work, traveling, or exploring the great outdoors. We believe that our backpacks should make those jobs easier, happier, and better, and we strive to achieve that with every product we create.

There are no hard and fast rules to good design, but we believe that by sticking to our company ethos and working with good people, we can create backpacks that are practical, simple, and utilitarian – sometimes with a touch of whimsy or creativity, as well. We’re committed to designing products that stand the test of time and meet the needs of our customers in the most effective and enjoyable way possible.

Who we are

Tim Johnson
Bag man

Eater of chilli – master of the sewing machine.

Mathilde Rollin
French Designer

She’s really good with colours.

Ayesha Bibi

Cake baker and home audio specialist


Don’t touch me.