There isn't much in the bag world I covet more than a cute satchel. I love something that's effortlessly thrown across my shoulder; big enough to hold everything I need on a daily basis; easily accessible to have a good rummage - but also want something that isn't too bulky, especially when I'm navigating the tube during rush hour.
Lifestyle brand Scaramanga was founded in 2006, and its products are inspired by traditional artisan craftsmanship methods. The brand has a strong ethical attitude to the manufacturing of its products, working with producers and suppliers in traditional artisan and craft industries, particularly focusing on small and family-run businesses. Their ethics policy is actually very in-depth and really interesting to read in general, you can find it here if you're interested in the ethical side of fashion.
I was lucky enough to win one of their competitions recently, the prize being the beautiful Medium Vintage Leather Satchel with Front Pocket. The 15in bag is the perfect size - big enough to fit books, tablets, day-to-day essentials and even a laptop without feeling overstuffed, but also compact enough that it doesn't get in the way. Although the buckles can be a bit fiddly, they're great for security - alternatively, it's easy enough to just slide the strap through the clasp if you need to get things out quickly. The small front pocket is great for storing little items - perfect for lipsticks, hair grips, gum and the million other things I usually find floating around at the bottom of every handbag.
Design-wise, this is a bag that definitely stands out - the antique leather look gives an instant vintage feel without the 'battered' look that actual vintage bags often come with. Each bag is actually handcrafted by Scaramanga using semi-tanned vegetable leather which can cause variances in colour, shade and markings - so no two bags are EXACTLY the same, something I think is pretty awesome. The inside lining is a bottle green shade, a nod back to the classic 'school bag' style - but much cooler.
Usually the Vintage Leather Satchel retails at £90, which is a bit more than I'd usually spend on a bag but definitely very affordable for the quality and the knowledge you're supporting small businesses and suppliers. However, at the time of posting, it's actually down to £65, even better! This quirky investment daily bag is definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe - and the excellent quality means it'll last me for years and years to come.
What do you think of Scaramanga and their range of bags/satchels?