Spring seems to be very behind this year but as the last (brief) spell of sunny weather saw the daffodils on my balcony *finally* decide to bloom I thought I’d use them as the perfect backdrop to show off my new satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company. I know this isn’t the first appearance of the satchel on this blog but it’s such a beautiful bag that I felt it deserved its own post!
As blogger-lore will tell you, The Cambridge Satchel Company was founded in 2008 by Julie Deane as a way to pay for her children’s school fees. From her kitchen table and a budget of £600, the company has grown into an award winning fashion force whilst at the same time still managing to keep the quirky, friendly and charming approach you don’t normally associate with the makers of ‘It-bags’. Their S/S13 ‘Chelsea’ collection which features the ‘Lavender’ colour celebrates the 100th Anniversary of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show and takes inspiration from some classic blooms to also offer satchels in ‘Cream Crocus’, ‘Honeysuckle’ and ‘Sweet Pea’. The company have a range of different sizes and I find the 11″ perfect for use as a day to day handbag – it’s tough enough to use as an everyday bag whilst still being compact and cute enough for evening use as well.
I’m not usually one to spend a lot on accessories as I tend to be a bit clumsy with them and although the satchels are a bit more than I’d normally pay, they’re an awful lot cheaper than a Mulberry and have much more personality too (especially if you get yours embossed as I did)! I’d previously treated myself to an 11″ limited edition ‘Downing’ satchel last autumn in patent oxblood and navy and I can honestly say I’ve worn it to death which made justifying buying the Lavender an awful lot easier. If summer never arrives at least I can rely on my satchel to bring a pop of colour into my life!