Those of you who have followed Everything Looks Rosie since its inception – almost seven years ago, eek – will know how frequently I coveted a Cambridge Satchel, how long I saved for my first – the oxblood 14″ classic – and how often it, and the mint 11″ version I subsequently saved for, have featured on Everything Looks Rosie. I was lucky enough to interview founder Julie Deane herself back in 2013, and then meet her when CSC opened their Edinburgh pop-up a couple of Christmases ago. It’s been genuinely gratifying to watch the wee company grow and thrive into the global brand it is today, and I don’t exaggerate that Julie is one of my women in business heroes. In fact, my review of the classic oxblood satchel is my most viewed post ever!
I was delighted when I heard the company would be opening a new, permanent Edinburgh base on Victoria Street in the Grassmarket as CSC’s absence was felt in Edinburgh after the pop-up shut. Readers will know the street is one of my favourites in the capital and I couldn’t think of a more perfect spot: the shop is small but perfectly formed, nestling on a colourful corner of the iconic road – it’s like it’s always been there. So I was thrilled when Cambridge Satchel got back in touch recently to invite me in to see the Spring/ Summer collection and pick out a satchel to show you. Sometimes blogging delivers pinch-me moments and this was certainly one of them!
The new season collection is inspired by the glamour of retro travel, the ritual and nostalgia of holidays in years gone by. As Julie says herself on the CSC blog, this was ‘A time when taking a trip was really special; people had less but appreciated everything more.’ Julie’s own travels around the South of France influenced a chic, natural colour palette of French grey, classic navy and soft terracotta, evoking the hues of the Cote d’Azur. There’s a real natural, organic feel to the collection that’s reflected in the new grain texture too; butter-soft, but still with body and structure. An ideal travel companion, meant to last for years and just get better and better with age – as my other satchels will certainly attest to!
The graphic, midcentury-style branding that accompanies the collection – inspired by retro travel posters and designed in-house by the company’s graphic design intern Greta – is right up my street too, really telling the story of the collection. You might have spotted it on my Instagram stories. After umming and ahhing over the decision with expert assistance from the lovely Edinburgh team, I eventually opted for the cloud bag in navy with pale gold hardware and top handle. It reminded me of a cross between a doctor’s bag and a briefcase. I adore the scalloped detailing and the navy hue will never go out of style. It’s already received so many compliments – I can’t wait to show you how I wear it soon, but in the mean time here’s a sneak peek, flat lay style, of my new love.
Have you been to the Cambridge Satchel Company shop in Edinburgh?
Satchel very kindly c/o CSC, but all love of satchels and fashion start-ups entirely my own.