The ‘it’ Bag of 2011: The Cambridge Satchel

L-R The Classic, The Fluro, The Batchel

You may have spotted one of these uber-English beauties around town, stunning hand-made leather satchels in various styles and colours that are taking the world by storm. In trying to design a practical children’s school bag, the mother-and-daughter team behind the Cambridge Satchel Company have accidentally become fashion moguls.

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Starting out on their kitchen table in 2008 Julie Deane and her mother, Freda Thomas are now making millions of pounds with their creations. Despite their success the brand remains true to its origins and all bags are still handmade in Britain, which means at times there is an extended wait on orders – but we think it’s worth it.

The quality and craftsmanship of a Cambridge Satchel is unrivaled and colours ranging from classic black, tan and navy to fluro green, pink and orange means there is a Cambridge Satchel to suit all tastes and occasions.

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The bag is quickly developing a cult following amongst twenty-something fashion bloggers, who swap stories about size, style, colours and uses. The satchel has been on the rise with the popularity of the Céline Classic bag and Mulberry’s Alexa bag which both carry price tags into the thousands.

The Cambridge Satchel is more reasonably priced at 75-120 pounds, which certainly adds to its global appeal. The bag also comes with the option of embossing your initials in Blind (no colour fill), Black, Gold and Silver, which we think is the icing on the cake!

Order your Cambridge Satchel online at or visit to browse limited edition styles.

Stockists in Australia are:


Shop 3 4-10 Ebenezer Place,


Cottage Industry

67 Gertrude Street,
Fitzroy VIC


382 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills NSW

Blonde Venus

707 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley



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