I’ve been hankering after a cross-body bag for a while. Since we ditched the buggy a couple of months ago, trying to wrangle a toddler who seems to RUN everywhere, plus shopping, nursery kit etc… let’s just say, the days of carrying my handbag in the crook of my arm and a latte in hand are OVER.
So, it was with utter joy that I unwrapped the daffodil yellow barrel bag from Zatchels at the weekend. A pressie from my best friend because, well, she’s the best:
It was immediately strapped to my body Sunday morning and accompanied us to the Wildlife Park where, despite it’s diminutive size, managed to hold my purse, phone, keys various and some bird feed.
You wouldn’t immediately think that a bright yellow bag would be that versatile, but with my mainly muted winter wardrobe it offers a very pleasing pop of colour:
As regular readers will know, I am passionate about championing British design and manufacture and Zatchels certainly fits the bill. I love that the two guys behind the brand (yes they’re men!) are based in Leicester and are traditional leather workers by trade, Zatchels was born as they wanted to create good quality, ‘hand-made in England’ leather bags that showcased their skills and that they could be proud of. What better reason to go into business?!
As a child of a professional book binder I often spent holidays being dragged around the leather suppliers of Europe, so do have some ability to spot ‘good leather’ and these bags are beautiful. So well constructed, with traditional nickel silver buckles and hardware.
So proud are Dean and Brian of their wares that they offer a lifetime guarantee. If the strap breaks or the stitching comes undone, send it back up to Leicester and their craftsman will fix it. How amazing is that?
As I get older I really appreciate the ethos behind buying something once and then servicing it and getting it repaired – my Cross fountain pen, Le Creuset pans, Kenwood Chef mixer and now my Zatchels bag… surely that’s the way it should be? Invest in something that will last a lifetime and with love and TLC it will last 100x longer than it’s cheaper, ‘throwaway’ cousin. I have a sneaking suspicion that me and my Zatchels bag are in for a long and happy friendship….