We thought that given the intense frequency with which the Cambridge Satchel was copied over the past couple of years, that the demand for fakes would eventually die down but that doesn't seem to be the case. As the Cambridge Satchel Company, which was awarded a British Red Ribbon Award last month for its position as one of the most promising privately-owned British brands, continues to expand (the company quadrupled its production space with a new factory beginning last month) and introduce new colors and styles, there is still quite a market out there for fakes. For instance, the yellow fluoro lookalike (pictured after the break) available on Evie Knight, an online retailer that has been coined as the British Nasty Gal, which is hardly a compliment. So, while these bags may look alike (kind of), I can assure you the difference in quality is enormous.
Cambridge Satchel fluoro satchel (left) & Evie Knight's Sonic satchel (right)
Now, to save everyone the effort of commenting on the fact that Julie Deane and the Cambridge Satchel team did not invent the satchel, I know and I agree. They did not invent the satchel, which has been an English staple for centuries, literally. However, I must raise two points: 1) Prior to the Cambridge Satchel company setting up shop, no one was toting around fluorescent, pastel or see-through satchels, nor did they have ones with fringe (a la Cambridge Satchel's collab with Christopher Shannon); 2) Last August, Cambridge Satchel won the lawsuit it brought against Zatchels, its former manufacturer-turned-design pirate, and as a result, Zatchels was forced to pay Cambridge Satchel an undisclosed sum. If the outcome of this lawsuit is any indication, Cambridge Satchel is onto something original, even if it is derived from something old (which is actually the case for almost everything in fashion nowadays, anyway). Shop the real thing here!