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The covet chest: Cambridge Satchels, the anti “IT” bag

Posted in fashion, and Style & Travel

In pastel colors
In pastel colors

No one forgets their first day of school, not even me, the queen of forgetting the whereabouts of everything, from my head to my car keys. October 1 was always the first day of school in Italy, way back when: hair tied back with a ribbon, white uniform and a dark red leather satchel that was bigger than me. I loved that satchel and I can still smell it to this day: leather, ink and paper all mixed together.

When I stumbled across The Cambridge Satchel Company, compliments of Liberty London Girl, I knew I had to have one, because it so reminded me of my very first satchel, down to the shade of red. Or, at least, I can  covet it (I have implemented the “not giving in to impulse buys” project and I am sticking it to it).

When it comes to accessories, I rarely go for the IT thing; I like what I like. (In any case, if I wanted to sink a couple of thousand dollars on a purse, it better last more than a couple of seasons). Sometimes  trends go with my taste and sometimes I scramble to find what works for me but I tend to stick to my guns.

Cambridge Satchel
The one I want

In the handbag department, I need big, especially if I am out and about on business. Like a snail, I carry my household with me. The more compartments to keep everything organized, the better. And please spare me the studies indicating that carrying too much weight on one shoulder is not good for me. I know but walking around with just a wallet and keys just won’t do. At least, I am grateful a Filofax is not part of my everyday bag contents anymore, replaced by a much lighter iPhone.

Cambridge Satchel
The Vivienne Westwood take

I don’t like the Cambridge satchels just because they remind me of my first day of school or for their practicality: I am also partial to their clean lines, bold colors and versatility. Plus, they will never be dated. To entice me even more, when I checked out the prices, I was pleasantly surprised. I am still not letting go of my “not giving in to impulse buys” for a few months longer but this will be at the top of the list when my purse strings will reopen for business.

This post was not sponsored by the Cambridge Satchel Co. – I just like them.

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12 Comments

  1. Love the colors! I just got a beautiful hot pink basket from Peru, so I no longer need to covet a pink Michael Kors bag I had my eye on. . .

    October 27, 2013
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    • Are you trying to tempt me here? And will I forever known as the satchel lady now? I am a sucker for messenger bags too

      October 26, 2013
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    • Glad to see am not alone….sofagirl is rolling her eyes at some of my choices!

      October 26, 2013
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  2. Ok Wah – this has to stop. They are very, very affordable. Get yourself one, I know you will use it for the rest of your natural life. Longer than the car!! And the good news is, I won’t ever ask if I can borrow it. The satchel that is, the car – fo sho’.

    October 26, 2013
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    • Between the car (that you are welcome to borrow any time and pretend you are Mike Myers) and the teeth, my bank account is refusing to let me draw anything out!

      October 26, 2013
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  3. They’re gorgeous aren’t they. My school satchel was just ordinary brown…but I still want another one. And a coloured one, and perhaps a patterned one. And another coloured one 🙂

    But like you I’m having to wait. There’s a new car to buy and bills to pay.

    One day…

    October 25, 2013
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    • How coincidental….there is a new car in my garage….which has put a damper on all other purchases….

      October 25, 2013
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      • Tough isn’t it… just think of all the satchels a new car could buy… and shoes, and coats, and more satchels.

        Boo for practicalities.

        October 26, 2013
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