A Little Ray of Sunshine from The Cambridge Satchel Company

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I’ve been searching for a vintage school satchel for years. In every charity shop, at every car boot, my eyes are peeled for a brass buckle or leather strap. I’ve come close to buying from eBay before, but it’s hard to gauge the quality of vintage when you buy it online and I wanted this bag to be perfect.

Eventually, my need for a new bag overtook my desire for a truly vintage piece. When the strap breaks on your plastic faux-satchel and the contents of your bag spill out over platform 1 at Kings Cross, you know it’s time to invest. So I caved to a blogger clichΓ© and bought a Cambridge Satchel.

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I chose a classic 14″ satchel in yellow which cost Β£81, with Β£5.99 for postage. Every bag is handmade so delivery is estimated at around four weeks, although mine took six. The craftsmanship is simply stunning – this bag was a joy to unwrap!


Vintage dress, Primark cardigan and belt, brogues c/o Bertie, Topshop ring

I went for the sunshine yellow shade because it’s just such a happy colour – perfect for dreary autumn days. I love how vibrant it looks against my navy outfit.


The 14″ is the second largest size available (ranging from 11″ to 15″) and it’s just about big enough for everything I haul around with me. My iPad, purse and sunglasses fit snugly in the main compartment and my phone, diary, pen, mints and lip balm are slipped into the front. My MacBook fits in but there’s no room for anything else including the power cable, so if you need to carry a laptop around I’d suggest the largest size. I’m hoping the leather will give out as I use it so it’s not so much of a squeeze.

Although it was quite an expensive purchase, my general rule is to invest in bags and coats and save on the rest, and as a vintage alternative was proving impossible to find I think this satchel was well worth the price. The style is perfect for anyone who enjoys the librarian aesthetic (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), and the pop of yellow makes my heart sing. I’d love to build up a collection of Cambridge Satchels – the black version and the brown version would completely fill the satchel-shaped hole in my wardrobe. Maybe after payday…


Lulu Frances

ohh wow that bag IS amazing…love cambride satchel company….great colour!! i think that price is quite alright for such a beautiful bag πŸ˜‰ and i love the brogues ur wearing!


Gorgeous bag and I definitely like the pop of colour! I have an old satchel but I need to sew it back up as it’s falling apart a little bit…


Cannot even express my jealousy at this… i just die.
I am lusting after a flurescent green satchel so bad!




I so desperately want the green one. I bought a copy from eBay in a moment of despair and the green dye ran in the rain!

Sally Todd

Oooooooh as soon as I saw the words Cambridge Satchel Company I pinged open the blog post pdq! The only thing that has prevented me from making my own purchase is I can’t decide what colour. Quite keen on the green though! Enjoy your awesome bag!

Miss Raj

Wow, I love this. It’s like carrying the summer sun on your shoulder. and so much more practical than a hand bag. Is it for everyday use for you?

Farrah Abigaelle

Beautiful color. But I have to disagree, autumn is a really beautiful season. I love fall fashion and the trees change to beautiful colors, the sky turns a really beautiful blue color, and the air just seems a bit fresher. I suggest you visit New York City in the fall around late October/November, because it’s beautiful here during that time of year. But I agree the yellow makes everything seem a bit brighter. Your blog is one of my favorites by the way especially the Blog Issue series, I read every single one of them =)

Rosie [a rosie outlook]

This is just beautiful – I saw a couple of their satchels at a festival I went to this weekend and they just look so sturdy and well-made. I totally agree with spending money on bags, especially since their cost-per-wear is always so low since you wear them most days, unlike other clothes/accessories!
Love the yellow colour too!


So totally and utterly jealous!! I’ve been lusting over the cambridge satchel website for a while as looking like a librarian is exactly the look I like to think I can carry off….the colour is gorgeous, and having seen how much stuff you managed to get in there, I’m impressed as I was thinking a 15″ would be the only size big enough to fit all my crap in!

Gorgeous gorgeous colour and you’re right, it just pops against that navy…great choice!!


Ah what a gorgeous colour. I think it’s best to go for bags in bold colours sometimes – they end up matching everything in the way that a more neutral one wouldn’t.


I’m desperate for one of these. DESPERATE. I want it initial stamped, too! Love it in yellow – you wouldn’t think, but it so works.


I love the bag! Deffo checking out their site. Love the fact that it’s British and handmade. Has a really cute vintage feel and looks great with your outfit. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚


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