Cambridge Satchel Company: London Boutique Opening

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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.

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.

I Like To Do The Splits.

This weekend, Blog Reader, I took the opportunity to sort through my wardrobe. Space in Manhattan being limited (and not being blessed with a Carrie Bradshaw walk in closet) I do this every so often to find new combinations and styles within the clothing / accessories I own.  I also made a mental list* of the pieces I would like to take back to Europe with me in a couple of weeks.

I found this striped dress I bought at Urban Outfitters last summer – I wore it a great deal during my road trip around the west coast of America (you can read those travel posts here, here and here) but for some reason it never made it on StyleOnTheCouch back then…. it’s a simple striped style with a flattering scoop neckline and a cute little skirt split** at the front.

The label in the dress is Lazerade by Veda, a brand I’ve been able to find out relatively little about so if you’re familiar with it, please leave me a comment below!  Sunday was a lovely warm day in the city, perfect for a little walk around the East Village to visit some of my favourite shops. I also caught up on my writing, I’ve got some great features coming up this week – two new collections I’m super excited about and a style inspiration feature too.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! xo

Wearing: Lazerade by Veda Rosemary Dress, Urban Outfitters; Heels, Zara (no longer available but similar here); Scallop Edge Cross Body Satchel (available only in Lilac), ASOS; Fluoro Skinny Belt, also ASOS.

*As opposed to an actual list.  I’m not that organised.

**Yes, Blog Reader, we can indeed call the last photo ‘Sarah’s Leg’.