The bag of dreams

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?


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