Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Cambridge Satchel Company: a fairy tale

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a bag maker called The Cambridge Satchel Company and it produced, among other things, these amazing fluoro-coloured leather satchels.

One day, a blogger with an eye for a bargain (let's call her Bargainista Fashionista) spotted one of these satchels in the Urban Outfitters sale (it wasn't hard to miss).

She broadcast the news far and wide (through the medium of Twitter) and learnt that her friend Suz dearly desired one. Especially at that price: it was grandly reduced from £105 to £40.

But word had spread too fast and by the time Suz went to buy her satchel, it was gone.

Not one to give up, Bargainista Fashionista searched the length and breadth of the country to find Suz another bag and, a week later, a fluoro pop of pink winked at her in a different outpost of Urban Outfitters.

United at last, Suz and her bag lived happily ever after.

*** THE END ***

I love playing personal shopper. Obviously, spending other people's cash is fun, but saving them money is even more satisfying.

Anyway, Suz kindly lent me her new satchel so it could be shot for's What ELLE Wears blog this week. Isn't it awesome? I love that The Cambridge Satchel Company has revamped a classic old-school design in fabulous fluoros. There's neon orange, yellow and green, too. You can even have your bag embossed with your initials. What colour would you get? I think fluoro orange is pretty cool.

As for my outfit, here's the details:
Jil Sander for Uniqlo jacket
Banana Republic cardigan
Sonia Rykiel for H&M shorts
River Island boots
The Cambridge Satchel Company bag



  1. That is beyond adorable. Such a good friend!


  2. I would definitely go for pink. Pink-crazy person, me. I love love love the one you got for your friend :) xx

  3. Beautiful…simply beautiful, i have got my eye on a 'Zatchel' from liberty london….beautiful black with white stars on…heaven and have just purchased a Gharni Strok wicker satchel….def the way to go for spring bag-wise xxxx

  4. Yay! I love stories like that with a happy ending :) And I love that bag- so fun!

  5. Satchels have always kept us mesmerized. They add a vintage touch to any out. Now to have them in colours other than the grim browns and greys is amazing. Loving the brightness!

  6. I saw these when they were first in the sale, but they were still about £70 I think - so very well done on getting one for £40!
    Was a bit gutted I'd missed out on such a cool bargain, but have been watching the Gold and Silver versions that Urban still had in the sale since I read your post....and they went down to £40 today - yay!
    I've gone for Gold x

  7. Wow, I loooove the pink satchel bag! It's beautiful!:D

    Stop by some time:D


    Mia's Little Corner

  8. Ahh, thanks Kate, María, skippysays, Daily Fashionist and Mia's Little Corner.

    Sallytangle, I've just checked out the Zatchels! The stars look good in metallic, too.

    Emma B, a big, BIG thank you for the head's up about the gold and silver satchels. What a bargain! I'm so glad you managed to get one. I spread the word on Twitter and my friend Laura got gold, too. Am seriously getting bag envy now!

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x



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