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THE CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL COMPANY
...the original (and best) satchel brand.
Our very first satchel was inspired by traditional British, leather schoolbags from years gone by. Today we still make satchels but our collection is made up of large and small bags and accessories in lots of sizes and styles — there's something everyone will love!
We pride ourselves on making all our bags here in Great Britain, in our very own workshop in Leicester. This means we can give all our customers the promise of a 100% leather, quality product that champions British craftsmanship and manufacturing.
the cambridge satchel company timeline
Here are some exciting highlights from our journey since 2008.
Julie Deane and her mother Freda start The Cambridge Satchel Company at their kitchen table in Cambridge with a budget of only £600 and one goal - to make enough money to send Julie's children to a better school.
CREATING A STIR
Production climbs from three bags a week to a hundred. Julie's leather satche s start to attract (somewhat unexpected but very exciting) attention from a wider audience. They are featured in The Guardian Christmas Gift Guide and are approached by Urban Outfitters about stocking the bags in their stores.
SPOTTED ON THE FROW
Some of the world's top fashion bloggers are spotted carrying their bright satchels in the front row at New York Fashion Week,New York Times call the brand's fluoro satchel 'the Brit IT bag'. The Cambridge Satchel Company embarks on their first collaboration with Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garcons creating shiny, meta lic-finish designs.
read more about the amazing collabaration over the years
Julie takes a huge leap of faith and decides to take control of production. The Cambridge Satchel Company open their own workshop in Leicester in Great Britain where they manufacture all their bags.British fashion icon & TV presenter Alexa Chung is spotted carrying the 11" Classic Satchel in Navy - this bag is still one of their best sellers today!
READ MORE ABOUT CELEBRITIES SPOTTED WITH OUR BAGS
THE GOOGLE AD
Julie's story inspires the team at Google Chrome and she is selected to star in their upcoming advert series 'The Web Is What You Make Of It', receiving over six million views. The Cambridge Satchel Company (and Julie) quickly become household names.
ALL THINGS GREAT AND BRITISH
The launch of one of the brand's most exciting collaborations to date - with British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. There is much to celebrate as Julie is invited to Buckingham Palace to collect her award for International Trade from Her Majesty, Queen Elisabeth ll.
THE HIGHEST HONOUR
The Cambridge Satchel Company open their flagship store in London's Covent Garden (their third store in the UK)and it is announced that Julie is to be awarded an OBE for her services to British industry.
THE MEN'S COLLECTION
The brand launch their first ever Men's collection and Julie is asked by the Prime Minister to conduct an independent review, drawing on her own experiences, on self employment in the UK. She spends the next nine months collecting her research and writing the report which is published early in 2016.
THE FIRST NON-LEATHER SATCHEL
Partnering with Brazilian super brand, Melissa, CSC launch a collection of non-leather, vegan-friendly satchels designed in Melissa's iconic Melflex (PVC) material in an array of bright, bold colours. Singer Lady Gaga is spotted carrying not one, but two bags from The Cambridge Satchel Company in one week!
WHEEL-IE EXCITING ALREADY!
This year has kicked off with a collaboration between The Cambridge Satchel Company and Brompton Bicycle, the British manufacturer of the iconic folding bike.Watch this space for what's coming next.