We're big fans of this family-run company, coveting its satchels and more, the perfect gift to give or receive under the tree this Christmas.

In 2008, and very much from the kitchen table, Julie Deane and her mother, Freda, started The Cambridge Satchel Company. They had a budget of £600 and a goal of sending Julie’s children to a better school. Fast-forward twelve years; the company has seen their bags adorn the pages of Vogue and shoulders of celebrities including Alexa Chung, Helena Bonham-Carter, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

With incredibly successful collaborations firmly under their belt (Comme Des Garcons and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few) they decided to take over control of production and open their own workshop in Syston, United Kingdom.

The Cambridge Satchel Company now has four stores in the UK, London, Cambridge, Edinburgh & Oxford and has widened its range to include The Men’s Collection.

After such a success, it only makes sense that Julie was awarded an OBE for her services to entrepreneurship. We are huge fans of the brand and love how dedicated they are in supporting British craftsmanship and preserving important trade skills, which are evidently displayed in their beautiful collection.

Here’s our edit of some of our favourites, any of them being a perfect gift to give or receive under the tree this Christmas.

The Prince's Foundation Magnetic Batchel in Black Leather

We love this batchel (hybrid of the briefcase and satchel, if you were in any doubt) as not only does it look super stylish, 20% of the RRP of every bag sold is donated to The Prince’s Foundation. We particularly love the handy little pockets on the front, enabling easy access to all of our essentials.

Traveller Bag With Side Pockets In Leather – Brandy/Green Tweed

This unique square shaped bag was inspired by a vintage camera bag and was made for travellers. This cross-body bag has enough space for a small camera and has clever magnetic closure side pockets. We love the combination of the tweed against the smooth leather.

A6 Notebook In Leather – Delphinium Matte Celtic Grain - £15

We adore these leather bound notebooks and would be delighted to receive one at Christmas. There is something magical about a crisp new notebook, and this one is just that. Add embossed initials to make it even more special.

The Small Emily Tote – Midnight Picnic Matte Celtic Grain - £195

This bag is named after the young woman who inspired The Cambridge Satchel Company and we think it is gorgeous! This small and perfectly formed tote bag has a twist lock as well as an inside pocket to keep your valuables safe. If you want to make it hands free, they’ve even thought to include a spare strap, so you can convert it in a second.

Canvas Steamer Backpack – Navy - £175

We are very much into our backpacks at present, as they are perfect for carrying all our necessities (and not giving us neck ache, like shoulder bags can). This one is made from water resistant canvas and is as practical as it is smart looking.

Push Lock In Leather – Red - £85

This pretty and simply designed red bag is ideal for the Christmas period and we love a bag that can be transformed from day to night in an instant. This bag features a detachable leather strap that converts it from a shoulder bag into a clutch and looks super chic.

Large Briefcase In Saffiano Leather – Navy Saffiano - £250

This slick looking briefcase is a re-working of their slim document case and includes magnetic closure buckles for easy access, a rolled leather handle, interior pocket as well as a detachable shoulder strap. The ultimate work bag.

Canvas Weekend Bag – Navy - £165

The Cambridge Satchel Company has done it again with this beautifully designed weekend bag. This water resistant canvas bag also comes with a detachable strap – they also suggest mix ‘n’ matching with their woven shoulder straps (we’d go for the red/navy stripe). The ultimate gift for any traveller.

Poppy Bag In Leather – Oxblood - £145

Inspired by bags of the past, The Cambridge Satchel Company has taken the classic design of the Doctor’s bag and given it an elegant and modern update. The Poppy in Oxblood is one of the bestselling handbags by The Cambridge Satchel Company and we particularly love it in this colour, especially with the adjustable leather shoulder strap that makes it super versatile.

Classic Trunk – Forest Green - £210

These beautiful and utterly classic trunks are paper lined and perfect for stylishly storing away magazines, toys or random clutter that we all inevitably have lying around.

Tassel Keychain In Leather – Chilli Jam Matte - £30

If you are looking for a small and thoughtful gift, then look no further that this fabulous leather tassel keychain. Perfect for jazzing up any bag and adding that much needed pop of colour.

Created in partnership with The Cambridge Satchel Company

November 2020

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.