All summer I have been lusting after the new Kate Spade Essex Scout Bags…so bright! Classic shape! Simple, I could use it forever!
Unfortunately, at almost 400 smackers, I couldn’t afford it. So I waited. I told myself they would go on sale. I stalked the bag online. No sale came, and when they did the bag was not offered. Finally I forgot my dream and lived my life. That is until today, when I was browsing some style blogs and came upon this photo:
You guys, W. T. F. A) That orange bag screams to me. Imagine wearing it with a cute dress and some oxfords during the summer? What about some boots and a blazer in the fall? Brightening up a dark coat during the winter? MUST HAVE NOW. B) I have been stalking that tan dress (from Zara) for a while now, but the stores never have the size or the color I want. So basically, this lovely style blogger has stolen my dream wardrobe, and I am jealous.
After seeing that bag in such a perfect outfit, I decided this: never give up on your sartorial dreams. So I started digging around and found out that some people seem to think that Kate Spade was, ahem, “inspired” by Cambridge Satchel, a company that was started by a mom who couldn’t find the perfect British school bag for her child in 2008. Her new fluorescent satchels are a huge hit and at a friendlier price point (around $200 with shipping to America) I feel a little better about splurging on something I know will be quality and long lasting.
You can even get them embossed with your name! Snag a Cambridge Satchel in different sizes and colors (including tamer colors such as tan and black) at cambridgesatchel.co.uk.