We were honoured to host Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall this week on a visit to our factory in Syston, Leicestershire. The occasion was commemorated by the unveiling of a plaque, signing of the visitor’s book and presentation of gifts from The Cambridge Satchel Company.
The turning of late summer into autumn marks the launch of our new seasonal collection, and this year the colour palette has been inspired by the rugged British coastline in autumn.
Visualise the Doctors Bag on the empty bus seat next to you, try it on with your new outfit in the clothes shop mirror, or check it out from your office desk while you are mobile shopping on your lunch break. You can now take the Doctors Bag with you anywhere you go with our new AR mobile app.
This unusual February weather has everyone in a spring state of mind. And the best place to be in spring has to be Cambridge. Cherry blossoms bloom as their falling petals dance along the pavements, a purple haze of wisteria adorns the historic college walls, Mill Road locals vy for outdoor seating at the local coffee shop whilst basking in the sunshine and the punt tour guides are whistling a tune as they glide down the River Cam. Basically, the sun is out and people are happy!
Introducing the Doctors Bag The new Doctors Bag is a reimagining of the classic British design, the structured frame bag. Once affectionally known as the Doctors Bag. The Doctors bag evokes memories of Mary Poppins and the gas lantern lined streets of early 20th century London, and the delight of opening the frame bag to discover whimsical potions and lotions from local apothecaries of days gone by.
If there is one animal we can all collectively say we love in the Cambridge Satchel office, that is giraffes. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that our latest collaboration is with The Aspinall Foundation, launching Monday 30th July, featuring 8 exclusive satchels bearing the beautiful print of the endangered Rothschild giraffe.
Last week we hosted London Craft Week at our Covent Garden store. From 9-13 May over 200 established and up-and-coming artists joined forces to celebrate British creativity across various London outlets. For the Cambridge Satchel Company it was a coming together of supreme British craftmanship, teaming up with Hand & Lock, London’s premier embroidery house since 1767.
We speak to our adventurous founder, Julie Deane, about her inspiration behind the new collection … As a little girl in South Wales, I would dream of a great adventure. To me that adventure was Africa. To go on safari and explore the vast African landscape, to breathe the same air as the leopards and giraffes that wander the plains.
Although the weather has proven otherwise, it’s now May and we are officially over this cold spring (you heard it here first)! Summer in Cambridge evokes memories of lazy hazy afternoons down by the Mill Pond, listening to the punts glide past on the River Cam (with the occasional shriek as some poor punter falls into the water, yikes!) and shedding the layers of winter whilst we sip on a glass of Pimm’s.
We are thrilled to announce our latest collaboration for 2018; CSC x Ines de la Fressange. Just in case you’re not familiar with Ines: she is the original French style icon (her book ‘Parisian Chic’ is the last word in what’s cool in Paris), muse to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and our ultimate style crush. In fact, Julie is such a long-time fan of Ines that at university, she had two posters on her wall: one was a picture of a horse, and the other was of Ines for Chanel!
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we’ve added a dog to our collection of Chinese zodiac embossing stamps. But not just any dog – this stamp is based on Julie’s beloved Boxer, Rupert who shot to stardom in the Google advert.
We know the first few months of the year can feel especially long; still in the throes of winter, but without the joyous distractions of the festive season. So we’re all about the simple, small pleasures that require minimal effort or expenditure but deliver a much-needed dose of joy. Below, our suggestions for a few ways to brighten these last days of winter hibernation...
We don’t adhere to that old cliché ‘new year, new you’ (which implies that we were somehow inferior before), but there is something to be said for the clean slate the dawn of a new year seems to offer. So in the spirit of making positive, achievable improvements we can implement throughout the year (rather than dispiriting and drastic changes that are soon forgotten come February), we asked some of our friends what they’re striving for in 2018.
The halls are decked, the Christmas jumpers are in heavy rotation, and there are presents appearing under the tree. The countdown is on and we are officially in a festive mood around here. While celebrating with loved ones is the most important part of the season, we’re not going to lie: the presents are fun too. Because we’re just a little bit nosey, we asked some of our friends what they want to find under their tree this year.
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.
I started The Cambridge Satchel Company almost 10 years ago. What started on my kitchen table as something to help me send the children to school has grown to include such an incredible following and enable me the opportunity to do things I never could have imagined.
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..