The Cambridge Satchel Company

Craig of That Dapper Chap tells us about the Men’s collection available from The Cambridge Satchel Company

My family of leather Cambridge Satchels

The Cambridge Satchel Company

Founded in 2008 with a budget of
just £600 ($900), The Cambridge Satchel Company is the brain child of Julie
Deane and her Mother, Freda. Looking for a way to make money to cover her
children’s school fees, Julie set to work at her kitchen table and recreated
her favourite childhood satchel.

Yours truly holding the ‘Downing’ Satchel in the men’s store

Her first six satchels sold very
quickly and by 2011 Julie was selling 3,000 bags a week across 86 countries. It
was then that she decided to take more control of the manufacturing, so she set
up her own factory in Leicester, where all her products are still made today. 

There’s a wide range to choose from in the gents store

We all know that the ladies have had a great range to choose from but what you may not know is that they also have a dedicated range for us men! Not only this but we also have our own store in Covent Garden, London!

With that in mind I have picked four bags for four of the best blokes in my life. Below I tell you a little bit about each man and I show you exactly what they carry in their bag each day and how you or the man in your life can use theirs too. You can even have the bag embossed in store (where you can actually watch it being done) and online in either black, gold, silver or blind to make it extra personal just like I have.

Bags for days on a huge variety of colour and style

The gentleman’s tote bag available in a range of colours

The Classic Batchel

A smart and versatile
bag that delivers whether it’s put to use on the weekday commute or on a
weekend away from town, the Classic Batchel is a guy’s best friend, it has a
removable shoulder strap. Plus, like all the products, each bag is made here in

The classic dark brown Batchel

Fergus (not the bogie
man) is my cousin. We did used to call him that for reasons that I won’t
disclose here and now, but as he has grown up, he has felt that it’s an
inappropriate nickname. We therefore now refer to him (behind his back) as
‘Fumbling Fergus’ again I won’t go into the detail and background of this new
nickname but Melody Anderson from G11 could…

Fumbling Fergus…ahem…I mean Fergus (sorry Ferg, I know you’ll read this!) is
currently at college studying barbering and plans to open a traditional barber
shop once he has qualified (yay, free haircuts!) so on a daily basis he makes
his way to college or his placement salon in his beige trench coat and Doc
Martins with his bag full of everything he needs.

Everything that Fergus needs for his day ahead

The majority of the
items he packs are required for his training: Scissors, comb, clippers and brushes
and he’s slowly building up his collection of hairdressing paraphernalia, which
isn’t cheap. He also has one of those weird severed head things which has an
odd face, reminiscent of particular dolls that are found employed in a much
less salubrious occupation, but his has real hair that can be styled to your
heart’s desire. I know it’s a training tool but I still find it horribly
creepy! I took the time to explain that I most definitely wouldn’t need it for
these photographs!

Ferg also uses The Cambridge Satchel Company travel wallet (as seen in the flat lay above) to keep
notes and appointments in as well as business cards and some cash, it’s a handy
and versatile complimentary item and a great stocking filler!

Just another day at the busy salon

The classic dark brown Batchel is
a no brainer for Ferg. He is a fan of the traditional shape and style and while
he wouldn’t shy away entirely from one of the brighter colours that the classic
Batchel is available in, he is very comfortable with this time honoured colour.

It’s all about mens hair care and grooming for our Fergus

Ferg is one of those
people that buys hair magazines! I have seen them in newsagents and always
wondered who bought them. I know we all have hair but most of us choose not to
read about it as a hobby! The majority of us have arms but I’ve never seen a
magazine dedicated to those, and they’re way more important as far as I’m concerned! Ferg however is often found thumbing through a hair
magazine, studying styles and cuts while enjoying a raw carrot or two during
his coffee break, dreaming no doubt of the day that he opens his own salon,
when he’ll be his own boss and have his own student to train and make him

I have no idea why there is a spanner in there! He tried to explain but through
a mouthful of half chewed carrot so I didn’t push him to repeat what he’d so
eloquently said. 

The Classic dark Brown Batchel £130.00

The Expedition Backpack

The Expedition Backpack is made
in high quality sahara leather. Featuring nickel push locks, adjustable webbing
straps and a useful front pocket. The backpack is hand crafted practicality and
designed to travel with you wherever you go. This Sahara leather is soft and
supple with natural variations and creasing that will wear and add character
with age.

My Son Harry is 18
and loves a backpack! I’m sure it’s so that he can have both hands free,
allowing him to walk and text at the same time while still being able to carry
all of his stuff while he does it.

He works at Topman so is very conscious of style and wanted something stylish
but also very functional. He’s recently been promoted to the suiting department
so wants to look as smart as possible. The clean lines and considered design of
this bag make it very desirable and he is able to take it to work while wearing
a suit, but the bag also lends itself to a more casual styling and he’ll throw
it on over a hoodie and take it to friends for pizza and gaming nights

Harry’s backpack, filled with everything he needs

Harry is a computer
game nut and is pretty much inextricably entwined with various forms of gaming
paraphernalia, be it his 3DS, his Wii U or his laptop. We also have a hard time
getting him to put down his mobile phone for more than five seconds at a time,
this includes meal times and family movie nights!

In my day I was happy hanging around with my mates in the park or outside the
local chip shop. In those days you actually had to speak to each other and
arrange a time and place to meet, and if someone didn’t turn up that was that.
There was no way of contacting them other than getting on your BMX and knocking
on their front door! These days my Son interacts with his friends more on
social media, Skype and by text message than face to face. It’s an odd concept
for me to get used to, but for his generation it’s the norm, so he needs to be

A standard image of Harry’s room (just less messy!)

Harry also attends college and is
studying to become a teacher, he therefore has various books to take back and
forth for his studies and this backpack is able to hold all of them and is a
good shape for it too.

We’ve always made Harry a packed lunch for him to take to school but he gets so
bored so quickly with our offerings that we no longer make him a daily
sandwich. We now leave him to fend for himself, hence the cold pizza and Oreos
seen in his flat lay image! If you do manage to find a piece of fruit in his
bag it’ll be a mistake or the earth may have tipped on its axis slipping
everyone into an alternative dimension!

The Navy Expedition Backpack £215.00

The Multi Pocket Batchel

This style is practical,
functional and ready for business. Perfect for A4 files, a lightweight laptop
and a small electronic device. Made from 100% leather it has magnetic
closure side pockets and a top handle and branded brass hardware. It is
available five different colours and comes complete with an adjustable and
detachable webbed shoulder strap.

The oxblood multi pocket Batchel

My Uncle Charlie is a retired
Head of Drama at a London Secondary School. While he no longer attends school
on a daily basis he is still asked to attend in his capacity as a professional

He hates the tube because of being “trapped with a bunch of hot smelly
strangers in a confined space” and will still use his bike whenever he can to
get him to where he needs to be. I have tried to tell him that not everyone on
the tube is smelly but he replied that “anyone subjected to that heat in an
enclosed space becomes smelly in under two minutes, whether it is their
intention to or not. I also do not want to knowingly inhale another person’s
breath which is entirely unavoidable in that situation”

All the things that Uncle Charlie needs for his day

While somewhat eccentric he is an
organised fellow and likes things to be in particular places, therefore the
multi pocket Batchel is an obvious choice for him. The front pockets are handy
for his bike lock, glasses and wallet, easily accessible but secure and safe.

The carry handle means that he can just grab his bag and go, carrying it like a
briefcase, which also adds a professional look when he needs it to. The
shoulder strap means that it’s safe on his back when he’s cycling to an exam.

Uncle Charlie also makes use of
The Cambridge Satchel Company A5 notebook cover (as seen in the flat lay image above)to keep
all of his exam notes safe from harm. Just slip it over your old note book and
make it immediately nicer. It has a great little slot for your pen too and
makes a great gift.

He’s not totally into technology
so you won’t find a plethora of gadgets and communication devices in his bag.
He does have a mobile phone however, but he generally only uses this for calls.
If he has spare time you’ll find him doing the Times crossword rather than
playing Candy Crush on a touchscreen device.

While being a bit of a technophobe we have managed to get some music on his
phone for him so that he can listen to Mozart on the go, we have warned him of
the dangers of cycling while listening to music but his reply was “well, if I
do have an accident at least I’ll have it in style”

Due to his rather large ears and his inability to insert the Apple earphones
correctly (why do older people struggle with that?) we bought him some over ear
Harris Tweed headphones, which he loves and now takes with him everywhere.

You may ask why he
has elastic bands in his bag, this is because he has lost so many bike clips
that he now refuses to buy more and resorts to protecting his trouser cuffs
from getting tangled in his bike chain by wearing elastic bands around his
ankles. It works for him, they are easily replaceable and he is recycling (no
pun intended) so it’s all good with us!

Every good teacher at my school had sweets in their pockets and Uncle Charlie
subscribes to that notion too, as a result he will ALWAYS have a Werthers
Original to share which you’ll find in his Cambridge Satchel Company pencil case of all places! No, I don’t know why either!

The Oxblood Multi-Pocket Batchel £265.00

The Classic Satchel

A lot like the classic Batchel, the Satchel is a true classic designed made for all of you traditional gents. The main difference between this and the Batchel is that the shoulder strap cannot be removed and there is no carry handle.

The classic satchel in red

Kristopher is an old friend, I’ve
known him for years, and while he lives close by he works in the heart on
London for an advertising company getting up at 5:30 every morning to make sure
he’s in the office at 9am.

Being in advertising he likes things that are a little different and this can
be seen in this clothing and accessories. He’s not a wallflower when it comes
to colour either “red is the colour of danger isn’t it, and danger is my middle
name” said Kristopher (It’s actually Aaron) so the classic red satchel was the
one for him. It’s big enough for him to fit in everything he needs for his
daily commute on the packed train to London, and to the many meetings that he
attends all over the country.

Everything that Kristopher packs for his day ahead

As Kristopher travels he needs to
be connected. Every day he takes his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and chargers. He
needs to be available for his boss and his clients at all hours of the day and
in all places “things can change so quickly and it’s vital that I’m kept up to

His diary keeps him organised and is stuffed with train tickets and scribbled
notes about various people and places.

The water and painkillers are a staple item too as he never wants to arrive at
a meeting dehydrated or unable to pitch because of a headache. The apple helps
too and is a healthy fuss free snack that he can eat on the go, no wrapper, no
mess. And he’s one of those people that eats the core because “it’s still

You’ll always find a copy of GQ
or Esquire in Kristopher’s bag so he has a good read during his travels. There
will also be a small bottle of aftershave, a pack of mints and a roll on
deodorant in his bag so he can arrive fresh at his meetings, all of which he
employs in a nearby loo just before he arrives at whichever location he needs
to be at.

Every guy needs a wallet and Krisopher’s is stuffed with a few weeks worth of
business receipts as he often forgets to claim his expenses back when he
should. Kristopher’s wallet is the Cambridge Satchel Company envelope wallet. He also has their keyring too as it matches his satchel.

In addition to all of these things and what some may argue is the most
important item to have, the complete and abject fear of finding himself in a
hotel room without a good cup of tea means that Kristopher always has emergency
tea bags snuck away in his bag.

Not only is this bag functional but it is a true classic design, it’s very
smart, but the red colour gives it a bit of a twist, adding interest and making
the owner stand out from the crowd a little, which is great for Kristopher as
he’s never been one of life’s shiest people!

This satchel is available in 9 colours including bright green and bright yellow
so if your’e a guy, or you know a guy who loves bright colours you need to take
a look at the colours available!

The 15″ Classic Red Satchel £120.00


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The Cambridge Satchel Company Shops


Brighton store opens December 2015!


17 Rose Crescent 

Cambridge, CB2 3LL 

United Kingdom 

01223 366 106


31 James Street

Covent Garden



0203 0771 100


15 Shorts Gardens

Covent Garden



0207 240 7712


11 Royal Exchange Square


G1 3AJ 


0141 221 6166

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