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Psssst, don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday!

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To help make choosing that perfect gift that little bit easier, why not check out our Mother’s Day Gift guide.

We have the perfect collection of Satchels & Small Accessories lovingly handmade that will make the ideal gift for her this Mother’s Day. Have a browse at our selected styles to help you choose and why not add embossing for that extra personal touch!

www.cambridgesatchel.com/mother-s-day-gifts/

Also available in our stores.

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The GREAT British Film Reception

The stars were out in force at the GREAT British Film Reception hosted in Hollywood on Friday 28th February in honour of the 2014 British Oscar® Nominees

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This year’s reception was hosted by Steve McQueen the Oscar winning director of 12 Years a Slave and attended by numerous UK Oscar winners from the British film GRAVITY including Chris Lawrence (Visual Effects), Dave Shirk (Visual Effects), Glenn Freemantle (Sound Editing), Mark Sanger (Film Editing), Neil Corbould (Visual Effects), Steven Price (Original Score), and Tim Webber (Visual Effects) and British nominees including Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE, Supporting Actress), and producer Tracey Seaward and screenwriter Jeff Pope of the British film PHILOMENA (nominated for Best Film and Adapted Screenplay respectively) among others.  Other guests at the reception included Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Alex Ferguson and Philomena Lee, whose life is depicted in the Oscar nominated PHILOMENA.

  We were honoured when UK Trade & Investment selected us to gift the nominees in attendance with one of our beautifully handmade leather satchels, the ultimate “Brit It Bag”.

Although it was a rainy evening everyone was in high spirits and it certainly set the mood for the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.

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All images are courtesy of and exclusive property of Getty Images and the GREAT British Film Reception

Dispatch from NYFW

Our lovely New York Fashion Week guest blogger Elizabeth Landers is a hard working CNN reporter during the day and freelance fashion correspondent at night. She leads the ultimate double life and always looks fabulous doing it, especially with a satchel in tow!

“Of late, New York has experienced ungodly weather, some of it just in time for fashion week, yet the parade of shows and presentations, not to mention vodka-fueled dance parties, kept me extremely busy. Every season I am faced with the conundrum of how to balance warmth with style, while carting around all my necessities. I mix a healthy amount of fur from my grandmother with bright coats from J.Crew, plus cashmere, skinny jeans, and trusty boots. My Cambridge Satchel Company bags, now a small collection of fall and spring colors, take me from day to night. My daily uniform has to balance my schedule of hard news on the assignment desk at CNN with fashion freelance writing that I do for SCENE Magazine. Let the games begin.

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My motto for the first day of fashion week: slow and steady (and practical) wins the race. I bustled around to the Save the Garment District party at the Carlton Hotel, where I ran into Valorie Curry, who I had just interviewed for the March issue of SCENE. I grabbed some much-needed Kusmi tea from their gifting station and then my leopard print slip-on sneakers carried me to the Maison Jules for Macy’s collection where I chatted with Garance Dore briefly about the inspiration.

Thursday marked the official kick-off for the shows at Lincoln Center. I skipped across the street from CNN to the Hudson Hotel for Jay Godfrey’s rockabilly presentation replete with leather, slim suits, and guitar picks strewn on the floor. Then there was Tome at the Tents utilizing heavy silks in dusty pink paired with rosy red elbow length gloves. That night I stopped by the Peter Pilotto for Target launch party at Gotham Hall, the arched-dome space packed with early shoppers. Finally my fellow SCENE editor and I trekked down to the Boom Boom Room in The Standard for the Vince IPO party. We hammed it up in front of the photobooth, then slipped out 30 minutes later, already dreading the next morning’s early wake up call.

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Fast-forward to Saturday morning. I snapped this Instagram in my cab ride to the Tents for Ruffian: fur to ward off the cold, Celine sunnies to protect my peepers, and of course my embossed CSC bag (Buy yours here)! I made the show by the skin of my teeth and was lucky I did. My favorite part was the red tights that were styled with nearly half the looks- a titillating pop of color for a 9 am show. The day continued on with gothic girly at Jill Stuart then a break from fashion to catch Kinky Boots on Broadway. The afterparties that evening included Prabal’s at Up & Down and then the BCBG party at the Boom Boom Room.

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Only a show like Delpozo (pictured above) could arouse me from my exhaustion on Sunday morning. The front row was stacked: Olivia Palermo, the Moda Operandi girls and Giovanna Battaglia. And the clothes were sheer genius: a cream wool cape with strong but curved shoulders and pale, loose gowns. As these things go, the other notable show that day was on the opposite side of town at the newly opened Spring Studios. Diane von Furstenberg managed to lure everyone from Anna Wintour to Anna Sophia Robb down to TriBeCa for her 40th anniversary show. Though I prefer her collections in the recent past, the spectacle of St. Vincent performing and a shower of gold confetti at the end still got my heart racing.

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I caught one of my favorite shows of the season, Naeem Khan on Tuesday. Drawing upon the inspiration of the 1930’s boudoir, he molded the most stunning gowns for a woman’s body. Later I made a quick stop at the Timo Weiland afterparty at Bar Nana and then hit the sack early. Balancing fashion week, the news desk, and winks of beauty sleep proved challenging but oh so worth it.”

All street style photography was taken by the talented George Maier.

P.S – We’d love to see your Street Style from this season’s Fashion Weeks – Tweet/Instagram us and tag your snaps with #CSCSpotted

Men’s Spring ’14 Collection

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First previewed last year at LCM, our first dedicated Men’s Collection has officially arrived online and in our stores! Taking inspiration from traditional footwear, the collection features classic elements such as punched brogue and tassels whilst colour block combinations of Red, White and Navy reinforce the nautical undertones of the collection.

Much of the colour palette has a distinct Italian feel to it – with colours such as Chianti and Ocean Blue – all inspired by the beauty and colours of the Cinque Terre region.

The Collection also sees the introduction of our new Portrait Backpack – offering an alternative orientation to our Batchel Backpack, as well as a new Saddle Leather Satchel – offering a soft and supple leather finish to our Classic Satchels.

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For more detailed product information and to shop our Spring ’14 Collection visit our website www.cambridgesatchel.com or www.cambridgesatchel.com/us

2014: The Year of the Horse

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Chinese New Year is very much like Christmas in the west, it is the most important celebration of the year in China. Our New Year is based on the lunar calendar and so every year we celebrate the New Year on a different day but it will usually fall around January and February. In 2014, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 31st January. If you were born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, then your Chinese zodiac will be the horse, and this year is your year, you will have to wait for another 12 years to celebrate the horse year again.

Chinese Traditions dictate we celebrate the New Year heavily on new year’s eve, families will get together to eat a new year’s dinner, the atmosphere is very similar to Christmas, but we will have a lot more food on the table. Chinese people will see the first meal of the year as very important and we will prepare a huge variety of foods which includes all kinds of meat and seafood dishes.

Eating dumplings is also a tradition on New Year’s Eve, preferably the whole family will get together and make them by hand from scratch around the table. In Southern China, the tradition is slightly different as people will eat New Year’s cake (sticky cake or turnip cake) instead. Other activities on New Year’s Eve will include watching the Chinese New Year celebration at night on the TV and setting off fireworks outside our homes around midnight.

On New Year’s Day, in tradition, Chinese people will go out and visit their local new year’s markets (we call it “miaohui”), again, it is very similar to the Christmas markets. Miaohui is very crowded, families will take their children out to buy New Year’s decorations, and there will also be food, dance and music available.

The holiday period normally lasts for a week, Chinese families will travel to visit relatives and friends, to send over warm wishes and gifts during these days.

London has the largest Chinese new year celebration overseas. Large red lanterns will be hung up in Chinatown, there will be a huge stage set up in the Trafalgar Square with lion and dragon dancing, Chinese music and food. It is like London’s version of “miaohui”. The parade takes place on the 2nd February at 10am from the West End to the Trafalgar Square. Just turn up to experience the Chinese New Year in London, all free, until 6pm.


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Don’t forget to visit the Cambridge Satchel Company online to get your limited edition horse embossing on your bags and if you are in London visit our Covent Garden shop or Spitalfields Pop-Up shop.

A massive thank you to our Guest Blogger Pauline from Red Scarf , we are all  looking forward to joining the fun in Trafalgar Square with our horse embossed satchels!

Introducing our Spring ’14 Collection

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Inspired by a quintessentially British Summer, our Spring ’14 Collection pairs delicate floral hues of Bellflower Blue and Peach Pink with highlights of fresh Apple Green and Orchid, bringing a beautiful seasonal colour palette to our classic Satchels, Shoulder Bags and Clutches.

Available in a range of our classic sizes and styles, our Spring ’14 Collection also features a new 11″ and 13″ Two Tone Satchel with Top Handle as well as 11″ and 13″ Patent Satchels which are beautifully branded with a colour matched enamel bicycle logo on the front flap.

Just for Spring ’14 we have also introduced a petite limited edition 11″ Backpack, available exclusively in Vintage and Red –  perfect for packing those last minute ‘mini’ picnic snacks!

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For more detailed product information and to shop our Spring ’14 Collection visit www.cambridgesatchel.com/new-arrivals or www.cambridgesatchel.com/us/new-arrivals

Introducing our Spitalfields Pop-Up Store!

On Thursday 5th December we officially announced the arrival of our East London Spitalfields Pop-Up Store – which follows the successful launches of our Covent Garden and Rose Crescent Stores earlier this year. Located on the edge of London’s historic Spitalfields Market (which has been home to a market since the 17th Century) the stores location is steeped in history and heritage – making it the perfect destination for a Cambridge Satchel Pop-Up store.

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Displaying a range of our Classic Satchels, Batchels, Music Bags and Trunks along the walls, the store also stocks a selection of exclusive products, including our Mini Mickey satchels, fluorescent pink trunks and new white trunks.  Whilst the design of the store is minimalist – paired back to whitewashed brick walls and simple shelving units, the interior carefully hints to the humble beginnings of the company, with kitchen tables a focal point of the shop floor.

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As well as a new gift wrapping service to help make Christmas Shopping that little bit easier, the store will also be offering an in-house embossing service, allowing you to have your satchel personalised in a range of different coloured foils.

Welcoming a host of our friends, bloggers, celebrities and journalists through the doors (and down our fluorescent pink carpet of course!) we celebrated the launch with an evening of Brokers Gin and Tonics, Pink Champagne Truffles and Proscecco courtesy of Hotel Chocolat and tasty stuffed bagels from the team at Engine Hot Dogs.

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 For more information visit our store page:

www.cambridgesatchel.com/spitalfields-pop-up-store/

Happy Thanksgiving!!

To celebrate we have been indulging (with the help of our resident American Maggie) in some Thanksgiving  treats! And what better Turkey Day Treat  than a slice of homemade Pumpkin Pie – why not have a go at our recipe below?

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The Cambridge Satchel Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large eggs

1 can (15 oz.)  Pumpkin from a Can ( available at Waitrose)1 can (12 fl. oz.)Evaporated Milk

1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell or short crust pastry.

Double cream – for topping, pour generously!

Directions

Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in a bowl. Beat eggs in another large bowl and add to your pumpkin. Stir together your pumpkin with the sugar and spice mix then gradually stir in evaporated milk.

Pour your mix into pie shell.

Place you pie in a preheated 200° c oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 175° c; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

 And of course A Cambridge Satchel Company Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a satchel or two!  So be sure to check out our Flash Sale going on this weekend until Dec 2nd * T&C’s Apply

Happy Thanksgiving from all the team at CSC xx

Vivienne Westwood x The Cambridge Satchel Company

This week has marked the arrival of our eagerly anticipated Vivienne Westwood collaboration.

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Teaming up with Iconic British designer Vivienne Westwood the exclusive collection showcases the best of both brands, combining the famous iconic satchel with Vivienne Westwood’s infamous Squiggle Print. The exciting collaboration speaks of both the brands heritages whilst adding a contemporary twist.

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First previewed as part of Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label SS14 show during London Fashion Week, the collaboration officially launched at Vivienne Westwood’s Manchester Store as part of  ‘Vogue Fashion’s Night Out’ on Thursday 10th October.

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The satchels are available in 2 sizes – 11” and 14” and in 3 distinct colours all featuring the iconic ‘Squiggle Print’ – yellow with black, red with white and vintage with dark brown.

Available from our Covent Garden and Rose Crescent stores – get yours before they are gone!

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T H E L I F E S T Y L E D

Since the company started just shy of 5 years ago, our satchels have been popping up all over the world, from Japan to Russia, London to sunny California, gracing the shoulders of fashion bloggers across the globe. So we were honoured when one of our favourite bloggers, Catherine Sheppard, from http://www.thelifestyledblog.com/ recently took her 11” black classic with her on a trip to the iconic Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“I have constantly been reaching for my classic 11″ Cambridge Satchel with a personalized, gilded touch that I couldn’t resist. The traditional boxy flap style just oozes an academic fall energy that I crave this season, and it’s perfect for a field trip… or any day when you have places to go and you want to keep things simple and hands free.”

Let us know where you have taken your satchel by tweeting us @CamSatchelCo / instagraming @CAMSATCHELCO

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