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Zatchels VS. Cambridge Satchel Company et. al.


Old school = Cool School

I first saw the old school Satchels (The Cambridge Satchel Company) from my fave blogger Ms. Chuvaness. I love its neat and preppy finish. But the feature that I hate is the closure. You really have to painstakingly open and close the belt-like snaps. Aargghh FUSSY! It's a NO for me due to the price range and bag closures. It was only available by shipping from UK so it was easy to let go.

Then I come to SG and encountered these beauties again. At Tang's Vivo City, they have the Zatchels. The look and feel are very much the same with CSC but they have more variety (speaking in terms of design and structure). A little cheaper than CSC. The sales person is Pinoy, muntik na akong bumili, maganda ang sales talk niya lalo na kapag nakakapag-Tagalog hehehe. If it wasn't for those fussy closures I could have bought one right away.

ZATCHELS

The other time I visited the newly renovated Tang's Orchard. On the 3rd or 4th floor (I think) they have the iconic CSC. For me it has a cleaner and more polished finish. If not for those fussy closure, I could have got ten one too...aarrghh!

The Cambridge Satchel Company

I've tried looking for alternatives (aka cheaper versions) or so I thought. Like the Comme de Garcon X Cambridge Satchel Company collab. I even went to the Hilton CDG at Orchard road, but was already sold-out. It costs SGD 450. It has magnetic snap closure and it serves as a shoulder bag.

For Filipino made Satchels, we have the School of Satchels who are finalists at the Multiply Origination Awards for Best Fashion Forward Idea. They utilize leather from our country and craftmanship is not bad. I have an acquiantance who purchased from them, she loves it. The reviews are good so it's worth a try.

Then I saw the Kate Spade Satchels. It comes in with magnetic snaps and its Mahalia Jackson than the rest (SGD 600++).

Kate Spade at Takashimaya

The Verdict: Not my priority for now. Maybe next time. Mahalia Jackson talaga!


XOXO

                                   

4 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm not from Philippines, but I bought from a Filipino company that do satchel bags AND HAVE MAGNETIC SNAP CLOSURES! They do heaps of customizations too. http://www.studio.boheme.ph/ I hope this helps! :) Also, not spam. I'm a real person! If you have twitter, tweet me! My username is "Lilithia"! :D

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    1. Thanks for dropping by :)

      I visited the studio boheme. I will give them a call when I get back to the Philippines soon :) I can now foresee myself sporting a customized satchel with my longed for magnetic snap closure :)

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    2. Aww you found my movie review blog! :D Yeah, she makes either leatherette {fake leather} or real leather bags. You can request magnetic snaps too! You can also pick your own colours. :) I had the same problem & randomly found your blog because I wanted to know bag comparisons between all the different brands. Her email is: marqui@boheme.ph & you can say I sent you too! My name is Stef. :D

      I can't wait to see your bag & I'm surprised you don't have twitter!

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    3. Hi Stef sure thing...Thanks again for the info.

      Eons ago when twitter is not that famous yet I had an account. But microblogging is not my thing. So I just deleted it. :)

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