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!
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..
Here at The Cambridge Satchel Company, we like to do things a little differently. From the way we first started (on our Founder, Julie Deane’s, kitchen table all those years ago), to how we operate day-to-day, we prefer to favour the personal over the corporate.
We don’t like to play favourites, but autumn might just be our favourite season of them all. From the leaves turning golden beneath October’s gaze and the promise of the festive season to come, to the sense of new beginnings and the lure of cosy evenings indoors – there’s a certain magic in the air when fall rolls around in Cambridge.
COMPETITION EXTENDED: Ends 31st October. Take for example our classic satchel bags: we know you need a bag that’s sturdy enough to hold your laptop, notebooks, and whatever else you need to stuff inside, but which is still stylish enough for post-lecture socialising.
We asked our friend Chloe, Glamour Magazine’s Style Editor, to take us behind the scenes at London Fashion Week this week. Read on for all her best tips and her highlights from the season.
Here in England, we may be clinging to the last glorious days of summer, but a new season is merely around the corner.
It’s almost impossible to talk about our hometown of Cambridge without referencing the University.