I have been coveting a Cambridge Satchel for over two years and every so often I would find myself perusing their website and toying with the idea of making one mine only to snap back to reality and quickly close my browser window at the thought of the look on my husbands face when he heard what the price tag on one was. However, recently I have found myself using the few bags that I have much more often and I felt it was time to invest in a good quality leather bag in hopes that it will stand the test of time. So last week I ended up on The Cambridge Satchel Company site…again, but this time I decided to check out the clearance section and stumbled across a listing for one of their limited edition black sparkle bags. After searching for pictures of the actual bag, I knew the time had come to finally place an order.
I called directly to order my bag last week since items in the clearance section require that you actually call to place your order. While this may sound like a bit of a pain especially with long distance charges considered, but it is for good reason. While some of the bags in the clearance section are simply discontinued or end of the line items, some of them are there because they are flawed in some way. Each bag listing explains exactly why it is in fact on clearance. For instance, the 13″ Black Sparkle bag I ordered had a few tiny lacquer spots on the back, that you can’t even see unless you’re really searching for them. So it seems that they want you to be very clear as to what you will be getting. When I called I spoke with the very polite and helpful Jennifer, who took the time to go and collect the bag so that she could have a look and describe to me first hand what the spots on the bag looked like, and then went on to take my information, read everything back to me and let me know when I could expect my order to arrive. I for one really appreciate great customer service and The Cambridge Satchel Company definitely has it down pat as far as I’m concerned.
My bag shipped from Cambridge in the UK and arrived here in Germany when I was told it would, which was one week to the day from when I ordered it (it was actually shipped out just three days ago as I placed my order at the end of the business day last Friday). When I opened the box I found that it was well packed with a thick piece of cardboard above and below the bubble wrapped bag to protect it when cutting the tape. Once I got through the packaging and laid my eyes on my satchel I was pleasantly surprised by everything about it starting with the color of the sparkles which were multi colored rather than silver as I had initially thought they would be judging by other pictures I had seen on the web, bonus! I then noticed the thickness of the leather, the sturdiness of the hardware and just how well constructed it was. When I turned the bag over to inspect the back it took me a minute or so to find the lacquer spots which are barely noticeable even to my discerning eye. Honestly the spots are so slight and are only noticeable if you tilt the bag in the light or as I discovered when photographing it, when the flash reflects off of it. The fact that this bag ended up in the clearance section due to such a minute flaw certainly attests to The Cambridge Satchel Company’s high quality control. Behold the beauty that is a Cambridge Satchel…
Even though I only just received my Cambridge Satchel a few short hours ago, I can honestly say that I love it and I can see myself getting many years of use out of it. If you’re in the market for an excellent quality leather bag then give The Cambridge Satchel Company a look. Their satchels come in a wide array of colors, sizes and different styles (there is even a backpack version) so you’re sure to find one to suit your needs whether you need something for everyday, work, school, or your laptop. You can order directly from them via their official website, just keep in mind that all clearance item sales are final if you decided to go that route. They can also be found at Bloomingdales and ASOS which is where you can also find some special editions exclusive to ASOS. For more information on stockists near you, click here. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.