Ever since I bought this bag I’ve had requests to review it. I do intend to make a video review soon but those who are potentially wanting it for Christmas I thought I’d put this up in the interim, let you know my thoughts after having it for a couple of months and most importantly what I can fit inside!
Let’s start with the contents..
Kate Spade Purse / Topshop mini purse / Anker Phone charger / Canon Legria Mini Camcorder / H&M Touchscreen Friendly gloves / Sure Compressed deodorant / Business Card Holder / MAC Blotting Powder / Sedona Lace Duo Fibre brush / Work Pass / Multiple lip products. One note is that this does fit my Macbook Pro 13in comfortably with a little room for my phone, wallet and iPad if need be.
I’m not a girl that has to take a full makeup bag with me everywhere but there are few things I need to know will fit for a bag to be good for every day. The basics – phone/wallet etc and then things like a lunch box.. I can fit a decent box in here as although the bag is structured it does have a little give and you can fasten the straps on a looser notch. I need to know my electricals will be protected which I feel that they are in this bag and I need to be able to get in and out of it easily.. mmm, now this is where it gets a little rough. Although I’ve had the bag for a little while I haven’t used it all that much because it’s cumbersome, the ‘lid’ doesn’t stay down unless it’s strapped (I’d imagine it will with age and wear but that’s right now) and it feels huge if I’m trying to squeeze through a crowd or scooch up next to it on a train. I bough the 14in with my Macbook in mind, I thought the 13in may fit but may not and I wanted a bag that I could carry it safely in but was still a handbag. My Neverfull has no structure at all so is rubbish for my laptop and has no fastening so it’s unsecure.. this is the antithesis of my Neverfull. It definitely DOES get full and it’s perfect for my laptop and very safe pick-pocketing wise. Another reason I bought the bag was that I thought it would be better for days out in the city where perhaps the crowds make it not so safe to have an open bag.. but it’s not terribly comfortable to wear in said crowds and getting it open while wearing it is such a pain that it’s really more suited to a day of leisure rather than a rush around the city centre.
I know that with time the little niggles I have will no doubt fade because the bag will wear and become softer, easier to get in and out of etc but I do think the 13in (or perhaps even smaller) would have been a better choice. The larger bag seemed more practical at the time but in reality it just feels in the way. A couple of things I love about the bag – The colour, Oxblood is so this season but it’s not such a trend colour that it will be out of style in a year or so. The leather is fantastic quality and I think the price is reasonable for a handmade leather bag. Lastly the monogramming.. in truth this was what put the Cambridge Satchel on my radar in the first place.. I LOVE monogrammed/personalised ANYTHING and since my initials (now I’m married) are MM I can’t resist the opportunity to emblazon them wherever possible.
I love the look of this bag and I’m sure with time I will wear it more and grow to love it but this isn’t an immediate ‘AHHHH’ bag for me, it’s practical and pretty but it’s cumbersome and on my 5’2” frame I think it’s a touch on the large side.