A real classic is a beautifully made leather satchel. If you haven't got some sort of satchel style bag in your collection, then this is a good place to start. This handcrafted bag was kindly sent to me from Cut Make Trim a small team based in London who sell their full range of satchels every weekend at the Jubilee Hall Craft Market in Covent Garden. This one is known as the 'Dexter' and also comes in dark brown. It's the perfect size for both work and play. I can carry notebooks and pens alongside my purse, keys and phone. It's made with butter soft leather so it's flexible (and smells really good) unlike stiff and structured satchels, the kind I never get along with.
What I like a lot about this satchel is the unfinished edges and simple design. It's practical and chic, not an eye-grabber but beautiful in its own way. I'd say the Dexter is a unisex satchel, ideal for any stylish men looking for a work bag that's suitable for business without being too serious. Cut Make Trim also have the 'Aubrey' which is a bigger version but I preferred this size for everyday use.
Real leather, handmade satchels are not cheap. For a bag that will last many years you'd expect to pay well into three figures. The Dexter is £138 which I think is a reasonable price to expect for a quality item and I've seen satchels online for much, much more. However it's still an investment. One to save for and then look after for a lifetime.
The straps and buckles hide two easy to release clips (so much easier for grabbing your stuff in a hurry) and inside the bag has a zipped pocket for keeping valuables. The only part I dislike is the canvas strap. I really wish this satchel came with a leather strap to match the body which is made from such a lovely textured leather. What do you think of the Dexter? Do you have a satchel in your collection?