After lusting over all the Cambridge satchels for years, I've finally got one to call my own! I'd been eyeing up the new range of 'Cloud' bags online, which have a beautiful scalloped detail on the flap, and knew it was meant to be when I found one in The Cambridge Satchel 'Pick & Mix' Store in my hometown of Brighton.
The Cambridge Satchel Company's Brighton store is different to their other boutiques. It's their first outlet store and is full of hidden treasures; one-of-a-kind sample designs that never made it into production, bargain seconds and bags from collections gone by. As the cloud bags are brand new, I wasn't expecting to find one in there. But as luck would have it, an 11 inch dusk blue cloud bag, the exact colour and size I was dreaming of, was sat right on middle shelf. Fate!
As it had been used in a press shoot, where it had acquired a few little scuffs and a barely visible black pen mark on the bottom corner, it had 40% off the RRP, taking it down to just £87! My Dad had asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and as he's not one to miss out on a bargain, I quickly sent him a snap and asked if he'd mind buying it for me! He very kindly gave me the go-ahead, so I ran back down to the Bond Street store to grab it before someone else did!
Aside from the minor imperfections, the bag is beautiful; gorgeous dusky blue leather with a shiny (but not quite patent) finish, pale gold hardware and that stunning scalloped edge. It's a little stiff at the moment, so I can't wait to break it in a bit. It's surprisingly roomy too; I can fit my keys, small purse, sunglasses and a few bits of make up AND my lunchbox in there.
The lady who served me was absolutely lovely, and offered to give me free embossing because it was my birthday! I opted for my initials in 'blind' (just imprinted into the leather) placed underneath the lock. I think it looks quite subtle and chic; I was afraid the gold foil lettering would be a bit too bling!
On this visit to the store, I was too in awe over my gorgeous cloud bag to pay too much attention to the rest of the stock, but I can't wait to go back in with a bit of rainy-day money to see what other gems I can find. I spied a few of the pastel backbacks, which I quite fancy for the summer.
Have you got a Cambridge Satchel?