October 25, 2011

Cambridge Satchels Review: The Low Down


Surfing InStyle I came across the article “Cambridge Satchels: A New Celebrity Favorite!”. Favourite! Cambridge Satchels are getting increasing popular through Lookbook.nu and style blogs. They're the new Alexander Wang Coco Duffle. But then I quickly remember how I really feel about these satchels- And it’s not all puppies and bubble gum.

So I present you with my review of the Cambridge Satchel. Because like Fox Mulder from X Files, you want the truth, and it is out there if you Google, or visit my blog. I kid. Moving on...

The Visual 
The stiff and structured satchel will bring you an arm party and half. The 14" is large enough to carry a few magazines, an umbrella, wallet and other cosmetics you need. This, my friends, is the Mary Poppins bag of 2011.


14" Cambridge Satchel in pink, the red key is my car wash pass- thought I'd mention it because everyone asks me that.


The Material
The satchel is made of leather with a very smooth surface causing this to be VERY easily scratched. I accidently left something semi heavy on the satchel and even that made a minor dent to it. So forget about getting this bag if you are accident prone.

The Practicality 
The flaps and buckles actually serve the purpose of flaps and buckles. As in, you have to physically unbuckle the strap, take something out, and buckle it back up. By then you would have missed the incoming call, or instead of the mugger demanding for your wallet he would have impatiently stabbed you and taken your entire bag. FYI, Bruises heal but a missing bag will still remain missing.


It takes a good 7 seconds to unbuckle and open the bag- so no more taking spontaneous phone pictures


Customer Service
According to their website, Cambridge Satchel takes a month for the bag to be successfully delivered, but it took me a little over 2 months to receive it (and I had to cough up $40 for duty while the bag was only $165). During that time I got zero responses when I sent them my inquiries. Even type writer monkeys working for proverbial bananas would have responded in that amount of time, no?


The Cambridge Satchel is not practical and their customer service is equivalent of your d-bag ex that never returned your messages, but my affinity for leather bag still continues. If you want a practical bag, use a grocery bag. It's big, it’s water proof and it always looks like you got food- The mentioning of food serve no purpose for the review but I could use a sandwich right now. 

 {Pictures by Love K; Cambridge Satchel; gifted scarf from Berlin from Love K; Rock & Republic jeans; RW&CO blazer}

89 comments:

  1. I love the color you picked, but that really sucks about the customer service. Hopefully they read this post and shape up!

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    1. I found that their customer service has improved

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  2. owowowowwowo, this satchel is soooo beautiful!!!!! I am in love

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  3. LOL your commentary seriously cracks me up! i'm loving this review and totally honest you are about the seemingly new "it" bag. i do love the color thought =)

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  4. cute outfit. I like the scarf; maybe thats becasue I'm a bit obsessed with scarves though.

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  5. love your satchel in pink! I have a green one <3

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  6. Beautiful bag

    www.dashysassy.com

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  7. I love your pink bag so much! <3

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  8. Thanks for the honest review - I'm pretty sure I'll still invest in one as my good bag for conferences and job interviews, etc. but I doubt I'll use it as just an everyday purse...especially if it scratches that easily!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  9. I love the cambridge bags, although I haven't ordered one yet. Your review is great - 40 dollars duty? Good to know about. Also, it totally made me laugh.

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  10. definitely disappointed by the customer service! two months for a bag? damn, that's long.

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  11. Cute review, love the way you really thought through all the details. I love the colour of your bag, so bright and cheerful.

    Ash :o)
    ftashion

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  12. The bag is such a cutie! For a time I wanted one but it never really appealed to me that much probably because I am a klutz and it'll most likely have a lot of scratches and dents. Thanks for making me realize that I really made a good decision in not getting one. And besides, almost everyone already have this bag! :)

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  13. Love the Pink satchel... But dislike the 2 months it took to get it!!!! I would have been heated! lol

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  14. OK so I think bag the is beautiful, I love the colour and yes the leather is fantastic quality. However, I cannot accept easily scratched leather, "it builds character," yeah no I like my things to look new and in pristine condition. And the buckles...ahhhh, it seems like a lot of work! So glad you finally got it but the customer service...and the association of a POS ex...yeah no thanks!

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  15. Hmmmm... they should make it with buttons so you don't need to buckle and unbuckle.
    It's not for me, then, I guess, as pretty as it is. I'll just stick to my old Philippe Chariol satchel instead!
    THanks for the honest review!

    LeeAnne, Style N Season
    http://stylenseason.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh my gosh! I am in love with that satchel. SO cute. . . the color really pops!

    xx

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  17. the satchel's really cute!
    thanks for dropping by my blog, by the way.

    http://halfwhiteboy.blogspot.com/

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  18. despite its being un pratical, it is really beautiful. especially in pink. your blog is utterly lovely. I'll come again around here ! I am anew follower :)

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  19. Well, it's too bad about the negative points you made, because it sure does look cute hanging from your arm! =)

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  20. Hey!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog ;)
    I followed your blog!
    Will you follow me in return!? Please :)
    Love your blog!

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  21. I love it,the color is great. The only thing I don´t like about it is the open process, I´m always looking for something inside my bag.You havea great blog and I invite you to visit mine too.Kisses from www.stylepicture.blogspot.com

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  22. i love that bag!!! my friend has the neon yellow one which i love but also drives me insane.

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  23. I want that bag!!!!! LOve it!

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  24. aahh... ccuutttee cuuutteee satchel!!

    Cheers,
    Dreamy Princess

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  25. I love your pink bag! super cute :)

    xx
    Rosa

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  26. I like the shape and the colour! Customer service is horrible =.=

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  27. Haha so cute! and you look fab.. oh my will I ever get sick of saying that? I think not.

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  28. Lol, girl your review had me bust up in peals of laughter every now and then! And I love how very candid this review is, no sweet talking, just the plain, hard truth. And yes, it's always the dilemma between practicality vs. style. And y'know what they say... beauty (style falls in this category I guess) has a price to pay. lol

    Cheers,

    Wi
    A Single Girl's Musings

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  29. You look very pretty. Love your bag =)

    http://maramasplace.blogspot.com/

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  30. I love how blunt you are with your review!

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  31. Lovely bag! I lovee pink =D You're also beautiful !

    http://zeynnepp.blogspot.com/

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  32. Gorgeous colour, i love pink! Thank you for the follow (I love your blog too and have been following for a few months now) :) x

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  33. such a cute bag. thanks for the review-that is crazy it took 2 months to receive it! :(

    krissykreates.blogspot.com

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  34. You're honesty (and style!) are the magnet of this gorgeous blog! Here's some love from the Philippines :)

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  35. love this post! really cool- love the bag.. pink is amazing
    xx the cookies
    samecookiesdifferent.blogspot.com
    share the feeling
    visit <3

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  36. Bloggers everywhere who are coveting the Cambridge satchel should thank you for this honest review. Easily scratched leather, fussy buckles, lousy customer service--as great as this bag looks, I think I'll skip all that.

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  37. Love how you kept the outfit neutral so that the satchel can 'pop' more :) x

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  38. julie-- love the shape of that bag and the scarf! thanks for stopping by. i have been reading your blog everyday! i been a lazy butt and haven't been commenting....i'm terrible!

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  39. Nice outfit! I had a similar bag (until it snapped, whilst running for a train, typical) and the buckles were so tedious! By the time I'd got all my college stuff out the lesson had finished. Now I have a rucksack and I love it to death
    http://www.rebeccajart.blogspot.com

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  40. I appreciate honest reviews. I might consider ordering one for Christmas but it seems that I might have to order now. Thanks for the warning about the customer service.

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  41. your satchel is super cute. it's definitely the type of bag i'd love to lug around myself!

    http://dirtontherocks.com

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  42. Again, I'm laughing my head off reading you. :)))

    Brilliant review - I've seen this bag around blogs so much I have to admit I rather coveted it, but now I have to change my mind! Thanks for the information, and for mentioning Mulder, I haven't thought of him for ages and I used to love him to bits! :D

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  43. want your amazing bag!
    kiss

    www.thecurlylady.blogspot.com

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  44. Wow!
    I love that hot pink bag!
    It's a good color just like the neon too!


    http://www.momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  45. Love the bag! I also love how you put your outfit together!

    xoxo Denise

    http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

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  46. Oh man, I love your review! It's so funny but very informative! I think I'm spoilt by all the magnetic buckles around and besides, I don't want to be stabbed by impatient muggers. lol.

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  47. I love this post, so informative. but hmmmmm I had no idea the customer service was so terrible :( But the bag looks super awesome from the pictures and the color is so pretty :)

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  48. The bag looks like it needs shoe polish or baseball glove oil to soften it up. But I guess the "crisp" appearance is part of its charm. And your writing style is part of yours. =)

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  49. Thank you for the review! I will pass on this it because of the difficult opening/closure but it still looks great on you! :)

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  50. Well, I like your honest review...haha, I love those bags though. It's true, I've seen them EVERYWHERE, and I think they look amazing.
    So I guess it comes down to practicality or fashion statement.

    http://www.trendyteal.blogspot.com

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  51. I thought the cambridge satchels looked kinda cool but now after reading you're review I guess the practicality takes the coolness out of it! Bags should be easily accessible!

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  52. Love love love the bag! What a great color. And so very practical.

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  53. hahahaha, thank you for that super honest review! too bad, the bag looks great. but oh well, i'm sure there are other bags that look the same, but are way better. ;)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  54. oh man, that satchel is too cute-- too bad about it being too easily scratched and hard to open. plus sucky customer service? boooo. still cute though.
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  55. oh i love the colour of your bag.. and your review ;)
    and yes i'm really living in victoria bc.. haha why? are you planing to visit me? :)

    <3
    'lizz

    dramadynasty.blogspot.com

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  56. I love the way these bags look, and I appreciate your review.

    Very cute outfit all around :)

    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  57. This is a great review! I'll admit that when I saw how that bag looked, I wanted it. But now knowing about all these cons, I wouldn't even consider buying it. Although i really like the color. I would be so irritated if I constantly had to buckle and unbuckle it just to get something inside. That's such a pain in the butt!

    Thanks for the heads up.

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  58. love the bag! goes well with your outfit :)

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  59. Im not a fan of satchels because they are not comfortable for me but I love love the color!! But I also don't think I would purchase one that took 2 months to come in either! That is ridiculous! I think I've ordered stuff from China that took less time than that!

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  60. You look really fresh and stunning at the same time!


    http://adamalexmommy.blogspot.com

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  61. We need more reviews like this! :) the bag is cute.... It looks good with your outfit! :)

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  62. It's so refreshing to see a review like this! I actually really dislike the look of the Cambridge Satchel. They're so...ugly. Definitely not worth it.

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  63. LMFAO at the Mary Poppins comment! HAHAHAHA You are too frickin funny. Love your honesty!
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  64. Thanks so much for your honest review! I've been eyeing these bags for a while (green for me) but have wanted to know what people really think. It may be a little impractical, but it still looks amazing.

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  65. Hahaha! This post is so candid! I love it!

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  66. bummer about the customer service but that pink bag is pretty darn amazing!!! really adds pop to anything you wear!

    spinning-threads.blogspot.com

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  67. hi, dear... first, I'd like to thank you to drop by my blog & leave a comment there.. it means a lot! :)
    and I'll say thanks to you again for having this post bcause recently I've contacted their site and its been 3days & they still haven't replied me yet :( I think I should get it from another site that carries them. any idea?
    btw, I've followed and linked you, dear. really love yor blog :D

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  68. Thanks for the review. I have something similar coming in and at least now I know what to expect.

    BTW, I got the same color. Haha.

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  69. thanks for the inf. I love this model of bag.kisses

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  70. Fabulous bag, the satchel that everyone is coveting. I love their attractive colors, however, I don´t like the buckles. I would prefer if the closures are easier to do.

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  71. I just adore the colour of your bag! I have just bought a red satchel from Boden and love it, my friend has it in blue, the buckles are actually magnets so are easier to get in and out of :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  72. it is super beauty! :) you look lovely!

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  73. Gorgeous Jules, simply stunning!
    http://www.lovek.org

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  74. cute bag, bold statement (:

    CMPang x
    http://maisecrets.blogspot.com/

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  75. LOVE the cambridge satchel. Very clean cut. Thanks for stopping by my blog, love!

    couturing.blogspot.com

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  76. Oh no....the last thing you want is poor customer service. That's really too bad. I do like the colour of the satchel you have and it looks great on you...but I can't see myself liking a bag that takes me more than 1-2 seconds to grab something out of it. I know, 7 seconds doesn't sound like a long time to open a purse but dang, when I want something out of my handbag I want it, like, now! LOL Great review Julie :)

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  77. ha-ha-ha! i laughed so hard at the d bag ex. i like your outfit. i think pink is a pretty color on you. that scarf suits you perfectly.

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  78. I've been craving a bright Cambridge satchel for a while now so thanks for the review. Despite all it's faults, it's adorable and really makes your outfit pop!

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  79. Im really appreciative yet bummed out over this post. I've been wanting to add the exact bag you are wearing to my collection of otherwise very neutral handbags. I prefer leather bags to most anything else and I also loved the price tag on this satchel (I don't want to spend TONS of money on a super bold bag that wouldn't get tons of wear). But I am so very sad that is it so disfunctional! I appreciate this review though! Thank you so much for informing me!

    -Nico

    oh and hey... if you ever some across a better replacement, let me know!

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  80. I really want a Cambridge satchel!! ...but I don't know why haha You're is such a lovely colour, and I think it suits your personality!

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  81. Wow, I'm impressed. I didn't imagine so much to fit into the satchel!! Lovely! :D

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  82. My friend bought that exact same satchel in black! ^^

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  83. I love this bag and I'm thinking of buying it! Is this the 14 inch? I haven't heard of that size did you maybe made a mistake or is it really a 14 inch? I am just asking because I'm not sure about the size I want to get. Thank you!!!

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  84. Hi!
    I was wondering if I should get this bag. I wish I could hold it in person as I am very concerned about the weight of the bags I carry. In your opinion, is the 14" heavy when filled/not filled?
    Thanks so much!

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