Cambridge. It’s a city of intellectuals, of grand architecture and Sunday punting. It’s the city where Darwin discovered a love of biology, where Hawking decoded the universe and where Turing revolutionised mathematics. It’s a city of acclaim, history — and, since 2008, of satchels.
Founded by Julie Deane, The Cambridge Satchel Company has been creating durable, timeless leather goods for over a decade. But it feels like the homespun British brand has been around a lot longer. Deane’s initial designs — inspired by traditional leather school bags — were created for her children to take to school.
But demand, as you’ll undoubtedly be aware, soon outgrew Cambridge — and then the county, and then the country. From high-rise offices to far-flung fashion runways, The Cambridge Satchel Company’s appeal went worldwide. Across the globe, fans of the brand were buckling up these full-grain, finely stitched satchels.
Today, the brand sells its colourful, traditional wares to 86 countries, creates over 500 bags every day and has four shops dotted across Britain (with the flagship, of course, in Cambridge itself). And so, as the country unlocks, Gentleman’s Journal have teamed up with The Cambridge Satchel Company to offer our readers the chance to win a weekend away in the university city — and their very own signature satchel.
And there’s much to see in the city. Whether you spend your weekend cycling down the cobbled streets, admiring the view from the tower of Great St Mary’s Church or brunching at Fitzbillies, Cambridge is the perfect first city with which to break your humdrum lockdown routine.
And there’s no need to worry about making specific travel arrangements, or blocking out dates before you enter — because we’re offering hotel vouchers (to the value of £300) to the lucky winner, who will be able to choose when and where they decide to stay in the city. This way, your first post-pandemic trip will be as relaxing and undemanding as possible.
While you’re in town, you’ll also get the opportunity to visit The Cambridge Satchel Company’s delightful flagship shop, found down St Mary’s Passage. Just a stone’s throw from King’s College, it’ll give you the academic inspiration to choose your very own satchel (to a value of £300) — with designs available from a classic 15 Inch ‘Batchel’ to a Large Briefcase in Saffiano Leather.
What’s more, you’ll be shipped your satchel direct to your door — to avoid unnecessary additional luggage. This will also give you the option to have your new bag personalised; with The Cambridge Satchel Company offering five different styles of bespoke embossing. So, to make your first British break a special one, and to bag a brand new back-to-work satchel, enter below…
Win a weekend in Cambridge and a satchel with The Cambridge Satchel Company
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