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Welcome to Gillisons

Gillisons – The Bag Shop is a familiar site for every Lancastrian, having sat in the centre of town since 1970, offering high quality bags of every shape and size to suit any budget. From handbags to holdalls, men, women and children can all find something to suit their needs, so whether you’re looking for a new schoolbag, something fancy for a night out, or rucksacks for an upcoming camping trip, Gillisons have you covered.

You can pop into our store to browse the full collection: we’re located on New Street in the centre of town, where it’s hard to miss us! Of course, for those who live a little further afield, this site has a great range – so why not click through and see if anything catches your eye?

About Gillisons Bag Shop

We’re proud to have such a long-established brand, dating all the way back to the 1960s, and the days of the Lancaster indoor market. Then owner Philip became a well-known fixture of the market, known affectionately by the locals as ‘Him wit’ Beard’, and he was responsible for growing the stall’s reputation throughout the years. Although this market sadly burnt down, Philip was able to relocate to the new Lancaster indoor market and keep Gillisons going.

After Philip’s retirement, the business stayed in the family, and his daughter Sarah took over, eventually expanding the business to the larger store that we have today following the market’s closure in 2012. Lancaster’s landscape and culture is as important to us now as it ever was, and we’re delighted to be located in the middle of all the hubbub, watching the next generation of traders take to their stalls on market day!

Ethical Trading

Gillisons is also committed to looking after the environment wherever we can, and we’re very pleased to have been recognised for this, with strong ecological practices that do make a difference. While trying to reduce waste in our processes and procedures is a big piece of the puzzle, we also help our customers do their bit by providing a range of eco-friendly alternatives to traditional bags, including a collection made using hemp (a wonderfully ecological material), and easy to use shopping bags that can replace plastic carrier bags – and trust us, all those 5p bags do add up.

A Selection of Bags to Suit Every Customer

Most important to Gillisons, though, is our customers; we’ve been committed to delivering excellent products since we first set up shop, and absolutely nothing has changed. Head over to our In-Store Section to see pictures showing just a small collection of the different products we have in store. This includes bright and decorative backpacks for kids, stunning Radley handbags and gifts, and leather briefcases, messenger bags and wallets.

There is also a great selection of different popular brands including, Kipling, Radley, Tula, Yoshi, Rowallan, Ashwood, Brakeburn, Troop, Eastpak, Hype and Dunlop. We invite you to browse our ladies and gents ranges today for a selection of some of the items available in the shop.

We’d Love to Hear from You

While we’re committed to our heritage at every turn, we’re also inspired by the future: introducing our eco products is one way in which we’re thinking forward, and we also love speaking to new customers and meeting new people! So if you’re local to the area, why not pop in and check out our current range?

Alternatively, you can contact us today to find out more information about the products that we stock; just give us a call on 01524 840 777, or send an email to Either way, our team will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about our products and services.