Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Schoolgirl Crush

Yeah, yeah I know I did a bag blog about 4 posts ago, but wtf, it's my blog and I'll post bag blogs if I want to. Now, this isn't a post about ordinary bags, it's a post about a love affair that spans almost twenty years, or thereabouts.

I have yet to find that perfect accessory from my childhood, that bag that goes well with the school pinafore, blazer, polished school shoes..yes, I am talking about the school satchel. I have searched vainly for many years, and it's not just a school satchel, it has to be the perfect school satchel, worn, beaten up but perfectly servicable. The kind you can only find in thrift stores or somebody's attic. Or if you live in England.


Ignore the fact that the photo above is of Emma Watson..but the satchels!! The satchels!! Especially the darker one on watserface. Like, how brilliant is that? While it's true that the satchels won't hold anything except a purse, assorted make up, cell phone and an MP3 player, it's the perfect bag of my dreams.


English schoolboy with satchel.

So until I come across the satchel of my dreams, more likely by accident than design, I shall satisfy myself with trolling around the web, and looking at (poor) substitutes for my perfect satchel.

I came across the Mulberry site (Luxury English fashion, darlings) and apparently this wonderful bag (below) was Becks' preferred man bag of choice in 2006. Like, how gorgeous is this Mulberry "Alfie" bag (395 pounds, or roughly let's say $600.00)? If only it came in dark brown leather!!


This is verrrrrry nice:

This Toscanella ($396) mini messenger purse is made from Vacchetta leather (Vacchetta calf skins are tanned using vegetable dyes for a matte finish leaving a more weathered, casual look. Soft to the touch although a little rigid to start, as this leather ages, it’s feel becomes progressively more supple. The peculiarity of this leather creates an uniqueness to each piece adding to its individual beauty). Damn. Somebody get me this. Also gorgeous in yellow:


Oh how I love school satchels!!!






Sources:

thisislondon.co.uk (Emma Watson pic)
archivist.com (English schoolboy pic)
retrotogo.com (Mulberry Alfie pic)
pierotucci.com (Toscanella bag pics)

3 cheer(s)!:

Nadine said...

I love the yellow bag - soo cute!

^^Sleepy Jackson^^ said...

WTF LOL IF YOU HAD A SATCHEL WHEN I WAS AT SCHOOL U GOT RIPPED! I REMEMBER TELLING MY MOTHER IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT THE HAND ME DOWN BROWN SATCHEL SHE PUT ALL MY BOOKS IN, WAS GOING NOWHERE NEAR ME =) I THINK I TOOK A PLASTIC BAG INSTEAD...

Anonymous said...

Hey,

I am looking for satchels too and I think that this website might give you the satchel of your dreams!

www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk

--I've ordered the 15" vintage brown (chestnut) satchel and had it engraved in gold. Hopefully it will look great!