The Cambridge Satchel Company

How excited was I when I visited London at the start of the year to collect my very own Cambridge Satchel from the Covent Garden store? Very. I'd done my research and chose the bag I wanted all online but I physically wanted to purchase from their store. I liked all of the colours they had to offer but I went for a vintage tan colour. I loved the fact they were 100% leather and produced and crafted right here in the UK. 

The Cambridge Satchel Company is a British company that crafts satchels and other leather goods in England. The company was founded in 2008, in Cambridge, by Julie Deane and her mother Freda Thomas. 

I liked the classic style of the bag and thought I would use this for years to come! The style is based on an original Oxford and Cambridge satchel design which are aimed at school children but I think they're lovely. They're unisex too gents!

Here is my Cambridge Satch in Vintage, worn with my Dubarry Galway Boots, River Island jeans and Gilly Hicks white top. 

The 14" Classic Satchel, Vintage, £116.00 GBP

This goes with pretty much anything, it's extremely versatile. You can dress it up or keep it casual. It's 100% leather, apart from those brass clasps. It truly does have a classic, vintage style. To conclude, I love the bag, it's fantastic. It's durable and stylish. Other people love it too. Plus, the more you wear it the better it looks in my opinion. I'm a big fan of the well worn style. As you can see it has a fair few scratches inside now, from daily use but this doesnt bother me at all. The exterior leather of the bag is in lovely shape and the underside to the strap is starting to get a little distressed and frayed, exactly what I want. 


The size is a little deceiving, so if you like to carry a lot of makeup, have a large purse or carry a few books around you may struggle with the 14". After about 3 months of use some of the thread started to poke through the stitching at the front of the bag. I was a little disappointed so I contacted them via email. They advised me to push the thread back through the stitching. I got my Dad to do this then very carefully glue the end. It is not noticeable now but I was a little upset at the time after spending quite a lot of money on the bag. As you can see it is hardly noticeable now (see photo 5 & 6)

I think the magnetic closure option would be beneficial for a future purchase, mainly because it is a little time consuming opening and fastening the straps especially at the counter paying for items. This would also help with the fraying and leather splitting on the closure straps. Having the top handle (The Bathchel style) would be extremely handy too for ease of swiftly picking the bag up from the floor, car seat and train. 

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