Cambridge Satchel Company: London Boutique Opening

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Cambridge Satchel Company London Store Bloggers Lounge StyleOnTheCouch

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I’m practically surgically attached to my red ‘batchel’ so when I was invited to the opening of the new Cambridge Satchel Company boutique in London’s Covent Garden I was excited to attend and check out the new designs in store.  The event itself embodied all that the company was about.  Owner and founder Julie was there with her family to welcome guests and talk about the new outpost, complete with bloggers lounge and lending library (the very place I am writing this feature, a week after the event, with hot coffee and snacks.  I might just move in).

The store itself has a lovely fun layout – library shelving style – which shows off the products well.  Organised by size and colour, if you are browsing for a gift it’s a great place to get a firm idea of the possibilities to buy.  You can also browse the designs from the recent collaboration with designer Chris Benz and there is an embossing station in the boutique too (transformed into Sophie Ellis Bextor’s DJ booth for the night of the event).  You can add initials to your new purchase then and there or return later with your satchel for this service – I need to go back with my batchel for the gold lettering soon!

New colours for spring are emerald and sapphire.  The blue is a lovely shade that will not only be perfect for spring but judging by the vast sea of royal and navy blues on the catwalk for autumn winter, a great investment for later months too.  The fluoro shades will undoubtedly catch your eye – even brighter in the store than they appear on the website.  If brighter, bolder colours aren’t you thing however, the new Chelsea collection might be for you.  A beautifully subdued range of pastel colours, ‘Chelsea’ is inspired by that very British tradition the Chelsea Flower Show. Julie said of the new line:

“The color palette for our pastel collection has been given a Chelsea Flower Show makeover for 2013. We have introduced a nude and a coral and have changed the pantones of our lilac to a chalky lavender. The Chelsea Flower Show is, like us, quintessentially British and has a great heritage feel.”

You can find the store at: 15 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AT. Tel: 020 72 407 712

Click here for more information on the London store.  Alternatively, for a full list of stockists, click here.

Leather Jacket, Vintage Tee & Cambridge Satchel

Investing in this leather jacket by Helmut Lang was one of my most spine tingling yet efficient purchases last year back in NYC.  An investment piece, this jacket pretty much comes everywhere with me.  I wear it over dresses and shirts (it has been blogged to death as you may well know, Blog Reader) but what I love the most is pairing it with a vintage tee – mixing old and new together.

I will confess that I used to be of the opinion that mixing old and new meant ‘want to buy all designer, can’t afford it, but hey ain’t I cool anyway’.  My view of that has changed.  It seems very individual to mix vintage and designer pieces of your choice and a mark of great style to look good in doing so.  I’ve paired my Helmut Lang jacket here with a vintage sports tee from an awesome boutique in Charleston, The Vault.

There is a phenomenal amount of leather around in the shops right now.  This fabric remains key for spring summer 13 and my advice would be to invest in one really great leather piece, like this dress from Reiss, a statement bag from Fleet Ilya or even this faux-leather tee from H&M.  I also can’t let this post go by without mentioning my trusty satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Co. here.  Another key leather piece, these bags make perfect gifts in the new metallic shades.  Pop one on your Christmas wish list!

Wearing: Tee from The Vault, Charleston; leather jacket, Helmut Lang. Satchel, Cambridge Satchel Co.
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Pillar-Box Red Cambridge Satchel (& London, Baby!)

I’m back in London this week, Blog Reader.  Cue pub, pre-Jubilee celebrations and a walk along the Thames.  I’ve realized by now that I have a love-hate relationship with London largely based around the weather (love it in the sun, hate it in the usual grey grizzle) but this week it seems I’ve picked a great time to holiday!  I have plans to visit some of my favourite UK high street stores to hunt for new styles and I’m picking up an exciting new bodywear design from Bordelle I can’t wait to share with you.

My Cambridge Satchel is a staple on my arm in NYC and its pillar-box red colour always reminds me of Landahn town.  The Cambridge Satchel Co. have some gorgeous designs which I want to talk about here – their new metallics which are perfect for fall / winter and the music bag which I adore for the unique metal bar fastening.  I also discovered recently through my friend Alison and the ladies behind IAmIntoThis that you can have your satchel embossed with initials / words of your choice – check this out here.

IAmIntoThis recently visited the Cambridge Satchel Co. and got the opportunity to emboss a satchel themselves, you can read this here.

My outfit in this post is one that is quite ‘typical’ of me.  I’m wearing two of my favourite accessories, my Lascivious Aiko waistcoat and cuffs from Fleet Ilya. These are two labels I am also hoping to catch up with whilst back home.  Lascivious have a wonderful autumn winter 12 collection forthcoming, lots of amazing twists on their classics.  I remain pretty faithful to Gap for their denim – these super flares have served me well – and this black Zara top with elasticated hem is a closet staple.  I might even get to wear my Guess sunglasses in this UK this week!

Hope you had a lovely weekend, Blog Reader…..

Red satchel ‘batchel‘ from the Cambridge Satchel Company. Photos, Lydia Hudgens.