It took me a little while to get into the groove of loving the satchel as an everyday work bag. I loved the first one I owned. I received a lot of compliments because for some reason, people here are afraid of wearing colourful accessories, and a red satchel was quite eye catching and different. But even with wear and tear it still feels a bit stiff. And it can’t fit a lot in there due to the stiffness and the fact its quite narrow. I didn’t quite count the Grosvenor Satchel as one because it didn’t fit in the mould. I wanted something that had an old school look – that looks like I have filled it with books and was casually slinging it over my shoulder to go to school.
And then the Radley Hutchinson Satchel came into my life. I wasn’t breaking my self-imposed bag ban, because it was partly a gift 😉 and this one was great because it was slouchy and pliable and suddenly I was back in love 🙂
But I think what I really like the most is that no one here seems to carry a satchel (that I can see). Its great! 😀
I love it that I could get togged up in formal work wear and then spoil the whole look by slinging my now slightly scratched satchel cross body and then heading off for a meeting or something similar. I get a couple of curious looks sometimes, but I’m not all that fussed because really, conformity is seriously over-rated 😛
Then, on the weekend, I could just as easily grab my satchel and go without having to switch out my bags for fear of looking like I’m overdressed. Granted, it would probably be a huge fashion faux pas to carry one to a formal dinner so one has to know just how far to push the boundaries LOL! 😀
There are a couple of high end designers famous for their satchels – the Mulberry Alexa and Proenza Schouler come to mind – but although I love my luxury and designer, satchels are one area I will not go down the designer route for. For some reason, they just don’t cut it for me because I feel a little pretentious carrying a RM6000 satchel that I’m supposed to bash around to give it that broken in look. I’m sorry if you do own one of these and think I’m being offensive. I don’t mean to be, promise. But if you do own either the Alexa or Proenza Schouler, know that I am insanely jealous anyway 😛
Do you like carrying satchels and do you own one that you especially love? Or do you think that satchels are just too casual for anything other than the weekend or on holiday? I also happen to love buckles that properly buckle, and not mere magnetic clasps. Its a personal quirk although I know of many who find it too much hassle.
Oh, and I’d rather not answer questions about what I think I’m doing in that 1st photo because I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no idea 😛 I am however now firmly put in my place to realise that I could never be a fashion blogger 😛