Cambridge Satchel Company – Born in the UK

-By Thomas Dai-    

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*One of our most favorite fashion blogs out there,, posted an inspiring interview with the founder, Julie Dean, of Cambridge Satchel Company. Here’s our own review of this great bag with styling tips!


As fast as fashion tends to move these days, sometimes people just want to buy pieces with a heritage behind them. Case in point: fashion’s recent obsession with the Cambridge Satchel Company’s impeccably constructed satchels and backpacks.Founded in 2008 by mother and daughter duo Julie Dean and Freda Thomas, Cambridge Satchel Company’s business has blossomed in just three years from producing 2-3 handmade bags a week for select clients, to being a brand stocked at retailers on four continents and beloved by fashion bloggers and chic students the world over. The secret to its success? Bags combining a stripped down aesthetic and a crayon box of color choices with a retro-classic shape. The brand’s best-selling “Batchel” style is reminiscent of the bags carried by Oxford and Cambridge students in the days when it was still expected to get dressed up for class. As far as Julie and Freda are concerned though, the inspiration for their bags derives from a much more contemporary source–the structured satchels toted by Harry & co. on the Hogwarts Express.


Magical or not, the bags are flying off the shelves with trendy tastemakers like Alexa Chung and Hanneli Mustaparta leading the charge, and brands like J. Crew and ASOS stocking them online. If you’re as crazy about this look as I am, go straight to the source and order your fully customizable bag from the brand’s online emporium where you can pick from a variety of colors, styles, sizes and monogrammed options. Wearing a classic piece like this is a no-brainer. Sling it over your shoulder on your way to work or class, or remove the shoulder strap to carry your satchel as an over-sized day clutch for a fashion forward look.

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