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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cambridge Satchel Company: My dream (bag) come true




Back in August I expressed my coveting for a Cambridge Satchel Company satchel bag. The bags have been all over the blogging world, which usually wouldn't have swayed me that much, but this time one bag seemed to tick all the boxes. Good quality, proper materials, ethically made without child-labor or underpaid labor in some third-world country. Not to mention the good looks.

For those who aren't familiar with Cambridge Satchel Company, we are talking about a British company founded by Julie Deane, a mother of two who loved her old school satchel so much that having noticed the lack of such bags, she started manufacturing them herself in Britain. An inspirational story, especially because it was the fashion blogging world that helped the Cambridge Satchel Company break into the high fashion scene. (see this video for the whole story)

I was drooling over the bag for well over two weeks, until D finally got tired of listening to my sighs and told me to place an order. I ordered the 15" batchel bag in beautiful tan leather with my initial S embossed on it. The bag cost me (without shipping costs) 118£ (that's 145 in euros, and 189 USD) which I consider very reasonable as we're talking real leather and proper craftsmanship. It took the company 22 days to make and ship my bag, which is a lot faster than they promised on the website. Usually it takes them a month to make the bag, five weeks if you want it embossed, and another week to ship it so I was extremely happy to get my bag so soon.

So my batchel bag is real leather, and handmade in Britain, and I must say, the quality is truly impeccable. Every stitch is well aligned and after almost a month of carrying the bag along through better and worse (weather) the only signs of any wear are on the buckle straps, but it's only natural for leather to soften over time. Normal vaseline does wonders too, any minor scuffs are gone almost immediately. It's like magic.

As for the size, the 15" bag fits my 13" MacBook with a jacket just fine, and A4 folders and papers fit nicely too. The only thing is that the bag is quite stiff and narrow, thus you can't fit that much stuff in it. But if I leave my laptop home, I can fit a Nikon D80 in it with my wallet and other stuff without any major problems. Also, the bag is surprisingly light to carry, even with a laptop or a camera in. The shoulder strap doesn't dig into my shoulder and so far I haven't noticed any signs of wear, even if I have abused the bag a little every now and then by exceeding the 2,5 kilo limit stated on the website. On that note it's probably a good thing that the bag can't fit that much stuff, otherwise I'd kill it by dragging my whole room around in it.

All in all I am very happy with my new friend, and so is D, he even wanted to order one for himself but unfortunately 15" is the largest size available and Cambridge Satchel Company doesn't offer the possibility to customise the size. Not that we are whining, as we found this out by getting a speedy and kind email reply to our question. Good service and good quality, just what I was looking for!

60 comments:

  1. Wat een gave tas en wat leuk je de 'S' van je naam er op staat. Daar zal je heel veel plezier van hebben denk ik zo. Ik zou er zelf ook wel een willen, maar ze zijn niet goedkoop ;-).

    x

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    1. Ja, ze zijn inderdaad niet echt goedkoop, maar ik denk dat goede kwaliteit is altijd een goede investering.. Zo'n tas blijft ook langer mooi, dus je hoeft niet zo vaak een nieuwe tas kopen, denk ik :)

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  2. Such a beautiful bag! I really like it.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  3. Onpas kaunotar! Kyllä aidosta nahasta voi tuon verran maksaa, ottaen huomioon että samaa kiskotaan Guessin tekonahkaisista veskoista. ;) Pitää pitääkin tuo merkki mielessä tulevaisuuden laukkumetsästyksissä ;)

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    1. Ehdottomasti on laatulaukuksi edullinen tuo Cambridge Satchel Company, etenkin kun tuotteet vielä valmistetaan Briteissä. Eli lämpimästi suosittelen kyllä kyseistä merkkiä :)

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  4. great bag!!! i follow you now ;)
    i would love to follow me back because love your blog!!!
    kisses
    http://blogcashmeremafia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, I'll check out your blog!

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  5. I adore the bag so much ! Such a gorgeous color ! I have been wanting to buy it for a long long time but it is yet not found in my city. I saw it in Bangkok though when I went for a trip early this year.
    I have heard about the Cambridge Satchel Company but I did not know the story behind it . Thank you for sharing the story of how this famous bag came into being and how its creator felt the need for such bags.
    have a lovely day !

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    1. Maybe you could try ordering it online? The company has very reasonable shipping costs and they deliver directly to your home address :)

      I hope you are having a wonderful day as well!

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  6. wow it's perfect !!
    And your blog is lovely.
    Do oyu want to follow each other :)?

    xx
    Nat

    http://nat-wears-clothes.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thank you so much, I'll check out your blog :)

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    1. I'm loving it too, finally I have a bag that fits all my requirements :)

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  8. super pretty *____________*


    <33333

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  9. Wow! It looks amazing :) you got love anything handmade and anything in real leather, I can almost feel the smell of leather by looking at your pictures, haha, yes, I'm crazy like that :)

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    1. Ohhh I probably should've mentioned the smell of leather in my post... so no, you're not crazy.. at least not as crazy as I, considering that I wanted to take the bag to bed with me when I got it :D

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  10. I want your bag so baddd. new follower :)

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    1. It's totally crave-worthy! Thanks for following ♥

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  11. Vau ihana laukku!! :)

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    1. Kiitos, se on kyllä todella ihana :)

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  12. omg im jealous! very cute bag<3

    wanna follow each other sweet? :D
    hello behel

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    1. Hahah thanks! :) I'll check out your blog!

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  13. Aw this is amazing! I can imagine how you feel cause I have a dream bag of my own - the Mulberry Alexa. So congratulations, the satchel is awesome :]
    x
    B.
    http://www.snowwhiteinwonderland.com/

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    1. Getting your dream bag is such an amazing feeling! ♥

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  14. I'm going to just sit here drooling over that PERFECT BAG!

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    1. Luckily it can handle a lot of moisture ;)

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  15. Ik heb er ook eentje en ben er super tevreden mee! Ik ben er al in de regen mee blijven staan en draag hem regelmatig en hij ziet er nog goed uit. Wel wat "geschaafd" na een paar maandjes maar dat past wel bij de look vind ik :)

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    1. Ja, dat past idd wel bij de look :) Hij is echt zo'n mooie tas, nu wil ik nog een hebben, in een andere kleur hahah :D

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  16. this is such an amazing post, there is so much inspiration, love the pics!
    the bag is so gorgeous :D
    Hope you're having a great weekend!
    thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin or GFC

    :)
    let me know! 
    STYLE DECORUM

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I'll check out your blog :)

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  17. Lovely post!
    Hele leuke satchel!

    xoxo
    Grietje
    http://www.secondagenda.be

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    1. Dankje, ik ben echt verliefd op de satchel :D

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  18. Ik vind dit de mooiste kleur die ik tot nu toe heb gezien van de Cambridge tassen.
    Veel plezier ermee!

    Liefs, Samm

    *SMAAK bag international giveaway!*

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    1. Ik vind de bruin ook de mooiste, het past bij alles :)

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  19. Ooooh die zijn zo mooi! ♥ Wat fijn dat je er uiteindelijk toch één gekocht hebt! Mooie kleur ook, past bij alles.

    XO, Imke

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    1. Hij is idd mooi, ik ben zo blij!

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  20. that's a gorgeous bag.

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr/

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  21. Heel fijn om de informatie zo bij elkaar te hebben. Ontzettend leuk geschreven ook, nu kan ik helemaal niet meer wachten tot ik mijn eigen Satchel heb ;)

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    1. Ik ben blij dat je het leuk vindt :)

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  22. Mooie tas! Dat is zeker een goede aankoop:) Ik volg je vanaf nu;)

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    1. Ohh wat leuk dat je mij volgt, dankjewel ♥

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  23. OMG I love that bag, it's so gorgeous :)
    You have a lovely blog :)I would appreciate it if you could take the time to visit my little blog at fashionandtherebel.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! :) I'll check out your blog!

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  24. cool satchel, wish the one!
    you chose the best color and size!


    http://www.ninathecat.com

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    1. I agree that my bag is the prettiest colour... navy blue or black would've been nice too (okay, red too) but brown is the easiest as it goes with pretty much everything.. And the size is perfect too, I love how my laptop fits in the bag! :)

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