A few pictures of my recent purchase. I finally got a satchel bag after such a long time of wanting one, after first seeing Alexa Chung and her mulberry. Mine isn't designer I'm afraid but that doesn't mean it's worth any less in my eyes.
I then started to wonder about the history of the satchel though and if we really think about the story behind what we're wearing or love to display as an expression of who we are. The things we choose to wear everyday have a story and it's always nice to either discover or remember what part of history your wearing, or in this case carrying around with you. Someones idea that then became a design which then turned in to the bag we know and love today.
A brief history...
The satchel bag goes back many years to the vintage school uniform. Well recognised as a school bag carry all and a businessman's companion as he makes his way to work, that may be what first comes to mind when anyone thinks of this particular bag, as it did with me. But looking back further I discovered it was in fact the Romans who first started to use a satchel to carry their belongings in. Then in the 17th century they figured greatly too. They originated in colours of earthy shades like brown mostly and some of black. Nowadays they've been totally made over by The Cambridge Satchel Company in to colours of bright neon that cannot be missed. So when you carry your satchel, whether you think of the Romans who carried theirs with pride or the peoples 17th century trend. whether it be the famous Alexa mulberry who gave it a new lease of life or the very recent varieties and shades of neon. Hopefully this has made you want to find out a bit more about an item that has pride of place as part of your wardrobe, and the journey it's been on to get there.
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