Simple | Strong | Rugged 

When we think of bags, luggage and travel we automatically think of holidays and adventures, good times, happy times.

As a production designer in the fashion industry I travelled the world seeking new fabrics and fibres, new techniques and ideas. And got to meet a huge number of people… But it occured to me very early on, not many of these people, important and vastly skilled people were happy. 

When the time was right I set out with a simple concept. Make some backpacks that were simple, strong and rugged and most importantly, every person involved with the production, design, manufacturing, sales, distribution you name it… everyone, everyone would not just be treated fairly – but would enjoy their time, improve, get better and hopefully be just a little bit happier. 

Tim Johnson Bromsgrove fashion designer

Tim Johnson
CEO / Founder

Eater of chilli – master of the sewing machine.

Ayesha Bibi
Public Relations

Stylist and wonder maker with a camera and cake.

Fudge Cake Cat

Fudge Cat
Customer Support

I’m all ears.

The Cora + Spink Story…

From cotton mill to your back, Cora + Spink takes pride in knowing every person on the pathway to carrying your laptop to work, your kit to the gym and everything in between.

Tim Johnson (founder) has worked tirelessly in the background of the fashion industry as a product developer for a host of UK and international companies, but needed a next project. Intent on ensuring accountants weren’t going to set boundaries for Cora + Spink he established partnerships with producers and manufacturers in Kolkata, India where he saw an opportunity to take locally produced cotton, Kolkata’s world famous leather and make simple, refined and almost back to basics range of bags.

Inspired by tales from his family tree, including his great, great, great aunt Cora, the vision of Cora + Spink started to take shape. Whilst it was important in the early days to produce really good quality bags and backpacks, it has become even more of a goal to help change those lives the bags touch.

From 2016 Cora + Spink has been associated with The West Bengal Khadi Board – a government run co-operative that maintains standards and rights of handweavers and spinners of cloth. He has worked alongside the small family owned manufacturer to help achieve SEDEX certification and is working with the team of highly skilled individuals towards internationally recognised workplace standards. Whilst also maintaining and building a bond with every worker along the road.

Helping to build, and encourage a thriving community, Cora + Spink makes it fun and happy knowing that we are enhancing the lives of individuals across the world build a future for their families, whilst producing world class, unique and very British with a hint of California backpacks to keep your laptop safe.