Last weekend I was chatting online to LeGeeque when I mentioned that I was in the market for a messenger bag. Immediately I was introduced to the idea of a satchel and I am now lusting after one. Not just any satchel.
I want a leather satchel with a strap that I can sling cross body like a messenger bag. I want something that looks like I stepped out of 1950’s Enid Blyton adventure books.
I’m not about to go back to school but when LeGeeque directed me to The Cambridge Satchel Company, I fell in lust with the leather satchels on offer. This is just what the doctor ordered – a perfect vintage preppy look.
The thing to note however is that these leathers satchels are stated as made for school children. They are actually made to be filled with books and homework and carried to school! I love that! Look at how the describe the 13″ and 14″ satchels:-
13″ Perfect for children under 8 years old who don’t need to carry a school bookbag within their satchel. Also for a slightly bigger adult bag. 13″ along top, 9″ height, 3″ depth.
14″ This will hold A4 sheets. The perfect choice for children aged 7 and up that need to accommodate a school bookbag within their school bag. This is a very versatile satchel and will suit most purposes.
Of course by now it would be appropriated by the Yummy Mummies for themselves instead of for their darling children, because Mummy would want something preppy and cute too 😛
I was contemplating either a 13″ or a 14″ which would put me in the same age category of either under 8 or 7 and up. Hmm… suits me fine! 😛 But after whipping out the tape measure I’m thinking perhaps the 11″ might be more suited for my frame especially if I’m looking for something I can carry on weekends and holidays but it looks a bit thin.
The red bag I’ve pictured above is what The Cambridge Satchel Company calls a “batchel” – a satchel with a handle. Might be a little more adult eh? Like a briefcase but not. In red leather, it is serious… but not. Ah! The confusion I can just see in the eyes of the people who see me carrying it! Makes me want it even more.
You can even get it embossed with your name or initials. I probably won’t if I get one, because I personally think it spoils the look a little and I don’t like having my name all over. I wouldn’t mind it on the side maybe.
Based on the picture at the site, the interior is just one large compartment inside as with most satchels – its made for carrying books after all. Apparently the bigger sizes e.g. 14″ and 15″ can easily fit a laptop or netbook. Personally I carry enough around to do my back serious injury without carrying a laptop so that isn’t quite relevant for me.
I have a question mark about how heavy it is empty. After all, its full leather and full leather bags can weigh a ton. That said, newer leather bags tend to be lighter so I can’t quite say. I have passed up numerous gorgeous bags because they weigh a lot when empty and my poor shoulders can’t take more abuse.
So to end my gushing, I can tell you that The Cambridge Satchel Company ships internationally (GBP20 for 1 bag to Asia – ouch!) and the price of the bags range from GBP66 – GBP85 depending on size and design. Not all that expensive really.
Or maybe I could just wait and see if I could pick it up or get it picked up in Hong Kong (Lane Crawford) or London (hopefully soon) 🙂
If you own or have seen these satchels and batchels from The Cambridge Satchel Company I’d love if you could leave a comment with your thoughts on it – how you like it, whether its convenient and how big a bag you think would suit a 5′ 3″ frame 🙂
I need some feedback before I whip out my credit card and do some serious damage 😛