Cambridge Satchel Company expands to ShopBop, Bloomingdale’s

November 16th, 2011

Cambridge Satchel Co. Fluoro Satchels, $155 via ShopBop

Both Megs and I have long been a fan of the timeless Cambridge Satchel Company, which started making its ultra-traditional school bags in 2008 as a way for the founders to pay school fees. Since then, the brand has become a cult favorite in the fashion industry, and its highly sought-after Fluoro Collection has been on my radar since its debut months ago.

It used to be that you had to order these bags online and wait for them to be delivered from overseason, but when you consider that it only cost $155 for an all-leather, British-made handbag, that was an inconvenience an incredible number of people were willing to handle. Now, thankfully, we don’t have to – in addition to the four fluoro colors we all know and love coming to, Bloomingdale’s is going to be carrying the same brights in its New York City stores and on its website starting next week, plus an in-store exclusive: a neon blue satchel. Check out that bag after the jump!

If you want to find an affordable way to try out the neon or colorblocking trends, this bag is a fantastic, functional, well-made way to do it. Plus, you get the added bonus that not all of your friends have seen and bought these bags yet, which puts you on the front end of the trend. (Unless all your friends work in fashion or religiously follow style blogs, but they’ll still probably love your bag.)

A word to the wise, though: These bags are very bright, true neons in person, even the orange one that looks a bit subdued in these photos. They nearly glow, which I think makes them all the more amazing – such well-pigmented leather doesn’t come along every day. You can buy the four fluoros at the top via ShopBop for $155, or if you want a more subdued color, will have black, brown and red, in addition to the fluoros, online next week. Want the blue? You’re going to have to call the 59th Street or Soho Bloomingdale’s stores.

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