Finnigans are an important name amongst English luggage manufacturers and their work is typically of very good quality.
Brian Finnigan established the company in Manchester and although the exact date of formation is not known, an advert of 1920 noted that they were nearly 100 years sold.
The business was run by succeeding generations of the family and had various addresses in Manchester, probably starting at 11 Market Street before progressing to the large shop at 123 Deansgate and another at 115 Market Street. They expanded to Liverpool and by the turn of 1900 opened a shop at 18 New Bond Street, London. Their other London premises included 12 Clifford Street and 8 Coach & Horses Yard,Old Burlington Street and a works at 6-10 Lexington Street. They also retailed their items in Paris with some novelty and silver items marked with the French capital.
They were rightly proud of their name which was often stamped 3 or 4 times on each piece of luggage. Aside from manufacturing good quality luggage, Finnigans also produced silver items and other luxury goods. They continued well into the 20th century and were still in business in the late 1980s.