Mince pies, untangling fairy lights, old Christmas tunes playing all December long, spending time with loved ones and letting real life melt away for a few days – Christmas is steeped in memories and traditions unique to each culture and family.
I don’t know why we started doing it. I think I had a sudden hankering for Christmas decadence, the year I moved to London after university. December had been awash with early twenty-something festive cheer – Christmas jumper parties at flats in Kennington shared by six housemates; evenings spent wearing something scratchy and sequinned and acrylic bought at a charity shop for 99p in a rush that afternoon.
Those with a keen eye for design may have noticed an Art Deco theme running through our collections this year; from the glamour of the golden era of travel to the French Riviera in the 1920s..
Here at The Cambridge Satchel Company, we like to do things a little differently. From the way we first started (on our Founder, Julie Deane’s, kitchen table all those years ago), to how we operate day-to-day, we prefer to favour the personal over the corporate.
We don’t like to play favourites, but autumn might just be our favourite season of them all. From the leaves turning golden beneath October’s gaze and the promise of the festive season to come, to the sense of new beginnings and the lure of cosy evenings indoors – there’s a certain magic in the air when fall rolls around in Cambridge.
COMPETITION EXTENDED: Ends 31st October. Take for example our classic satchel bags: we know you need a bag that’s sturdy enough to hold your laptop, notebooks, and whatever else you need to stuff inside, but which is still stylish enough for post-lecture socialising.
We asked our friend Chloe, Glamour Magazine’s Style Editor, to take us behind the scenes at London Fashion Week this week. Read on for all her best tips and her highlights from the season.
Here in England, we may be clinging to the last glorious days of summer, but a new season is merely around the corner.
It’s almost impossible to talk about our hometown of Cambridge without referencing the University.
There’s something quite lovely about owning something that feels like it belongs to you and only you. Once you’ve picked the bag or accessory you love and the colour you want, we can’t think of a more classic finishing touch than adding your initials, or a symbol, onto the leather.
At The Cambridge Satchel Company, we love to celebrate craftsmanship. We are proud of the fact that all of our bags are handmade in the UK, so when England’s oldest embroidery house Hand & Lock asked us to join them with their 250th anniversary celebration: ‘The Embellished Handbag: A Celebration of 250 years of Fashion and Embroidery’, we jumped at the chance.
THE THEME by Julie Deane, Founder & CEO “This season, we’re feeling nostalgic. We miss the glamorous, exciting ritual of travelling from an era gone by. A time when taking a trip was something really special; people had less but appreciated everything more
If you know anything about us, you’ll know that we love a challenge. When the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (our neighbours in Cambridge) approached us about selling our satchels in their Post Office in Port Lockroy, at the very tip of the Antarctic – we jumped at the chance.