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Trends that Never Die: Satchel

Vintage. I’m sure most of you love vintage in some manner.

For example vintage dresses, shoes etc. Those dresses from the 60s that have once turned old-fashioned have been given a new lease of life in the modern days.

Lomography, the film cameras from plastic to metal coming alive in this modern digital society. The last time I used a film camera was in Secondary 3! Haha! That’s 7 years ago where film cameras are slowly dying down and taken over by digital cameras. I remembered that I used to look at the films of old photographs as a kid and got fascinated by how those images are processed into prints. And I’m very glad that lomography came alone and make film cameras popular once more.

Today, I’m going to be talking about Satchels. Ever wondered when did the first satchel ever appear on this earth? Which era did it originated from? And how is it like now in the modern society?

Loculus is a Latin word literally meaning little place and was used in a number of senses including to indicate a satchel. Satchels were carried by Roman legionaries, as a part of their sarcina or luggage.

– Taken From Wikipedia

So the very first Satchel known as the Loculus was seen on Roman legionaries but it’s only till the 17th century that it started becoming popular and became a fashion accessory.

The classic satchel are usually made of brown leather as seen below. It’s also often associated as a school bag especially in the UK.

In literature, the satchel is often associated with the classic image of the English schoolboy: “And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel” is a phrase from Shakespeare’s monologue All the world’s a stage.

-Taken from Wikipedia

I was trying to find a picture of the satchel used in Harry Potter films but am only able to find one.

Seen on Draco Malfoy is a black leather satchel and next is a modern replica by The Cambridge Satchel Co. If I’m not wrong, Harry’s satchel is in canvas style though.

Other than Harry Potter, satchel are also seen in other famous movie, Indiana Jones. I would say that Satchel is a trend kept alive by it’s purpose as a book bag for students and also pop culture.

In the current context, when one mention leather satchels, most would immediately think of The Cambridge Satchel Co which started back in 2008. And no surprise, it was started as one of the founder wanted to find good quality satchel like those in Harry Potter movies for her children. Then one thing leads to another and it is now a popular brand in making leather satchels in the UK.

What make it so popular? Well I’m pretty sure if they stick to making the good old brown or black bags, they will still earn but not be as popular. Tell me who don’t love colors?

This is a pretty pastel rose satchel recently released by The Cambridge Satchel Co as limited edition with 3 other colors.

These are the florescent bags that they have came out with and got people getting crazy over. And I can understand it, look at the pretty colors!

And of course, there’s not only one single company producing these leather satchels. One other company that produces these satchels is Zatchels also from the UK. One very different things about Zatchels is that they offer a whole range of quirky designs from florals to polka dots! Definitely for those that are looking for that fashion forward look!

So we have The Cambridge Satchel Co that offers the good old satchel in solids colors or two tones. Zatchels that offers a whole wide range of designs. Which one do you like better? Or won’t it be even better if we could just decide your own colors for your own satchel? Maybe you like a two tone one but The Cam Co just did not have the combination you like. Or you like that unique Union Jack design but Zatchels only have it in that color? Or you just want your bag to be super colorful and have different colors for each part? Basically, the option to customize your own bags from the colors down to the size.

After much research on Google, I found The Leather Satchel Co which have been crafting Satchels, casing to handbags since the late 1960s. Best thing is they allow customization! Which is also know as the bespoke option where you can custom make a huge satchel of 20 inch if you need one that big.

This one below is not exactly the traditional satchel but one of the custom work done by The Leather Satchel Co.

Here’s a look at the various sizes of satchel that The Leather Satchel Co provides as a standard option. 


The Leather Satchel Co have up to 25 different colored leather for you to choose from for either a solid color satchel or two tones to a colorful one. Here’s some examples I took from their FB page.


Ain’t they pretty? I sure think they are!

Honestly speaking, I really like satchels. They are easy to carry and are such a classic piece to have. I personally own several messenger bags which is similar to the satchel and I love all of them. So when I learnt of the satchel, I knew I had to get one! But which? If I had not done my research, I would have gone ahead and order on from The Cambridge Satchel Co.

But after some googling and reading this post here, http://aplusbinthesea.blogspot.sg/p/guide-old-school-satchels.html .

My heart wavered towards The Leather Satchel Co. Firstly, they have been around since the 1960s. Secondly, reviews online were good. Thirdly, they provide a 5 years warrenty! Lastly, customization. That’s it, I’m sold.

Plus, The Leather Satchel Co send free leather swatches to you so that you can look at the colors in real life before deciding your final order! How cool is that? Did I mentioned that the leather swatches are free worldwide? That’s really some good service! It totally solve the problem of you worrying that what you’re receiving might not be true to the color you seen on the computer screens.

And yes, I’ve emailed them for some samples of the colors I had in mind. I will definitely customize something that will be my signature bag. XD And of course, with FJF embossed on it.

Here’s the links to all the 3 companies that I’ve mentioned in this post.

http://www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk/

http://www.zatchels.com/

http://the.leathersatchel.co/

You all can take a look and see where do you want to order from if you’re interested in getting a satchel. I highly recommend The Leather Satchel Co though I have not exactly purchase from them yet nor from others. It’s simply because I think that I’ve pretty good research skills.

But hey, if you are going to spend at least $200 over for a leather satchel, why don’t get a unique one? I mean yes you can have your name embossed on the satchel and then you go out meeting another person with the exact same brand satchel in the same colors just that the name embossed is different. Even for those limited edition bags that only have like 16 in the world, you will still have the same bag with 15 others.

So if you can get a customized and personalized satchel, why not?

I went ahead to request some swatch samples from The Leather Satchel Co. Read about it at the link below!!

Samples from The Leather Satchel Co.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

P.S: I do not owe the rights of any photos in this post. Photos are taken from google and credited to their rightful owners. Photos of The Leather Satchel Co are taken from their FB and credited to them. 🙂

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Audi Fashion Festival: Redken Hairshow

Claire have gotten invites for the Redken HairShow at the Audi Fashion Festival and she invited me along with Shiella~

Us taking photos beside the board. 😛

An individual shot for me. It’s actually my first time attending Audi Fashion Festival! Everyone was dressed up for the event!

At the photo wall~ Saw Christina too!

Me and Claire in our Rock Couture themed outfits.

With Shiella who rock that yellow jumpsuit!

Us, MFP girls~ XD

Another photo with Shiella while waiting for the show to start!

Color blocking is still definitely in trend! I love the purple ombre!

Live demonstration on the runway.

Finale with all the crew and models.

It was quite an eye opener for me. Would love to be able to attend more fashion shows in future!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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CineSensational Trilogy: Thy SHUTTER SHOWCASE

Finally, it has come to the last of the Trilogy and Team SHUTTER will be sharing about Fashion this time round. To be precise, Male Fashion. Why Male Fashion you may asked? It’s because Andy have gotten many questions on where he got his clothes etc. So we decided that for the benefit of all the guys out there, Team SHUTTER will touch on Male Fashion for the last of this Trilogy! Girls benefits from this too! Now you know where to buy presents for your guy friends/boyfriends/brothers etc. And also where to chase them to while shopping for our own stuff. 😛

Here’s the video! It took me 2 sleepless night to do this so do enjoy this 6 minutes video that we have put up for all of you!

 

In the video, we mentioned that Accessories are well loved by both guys and girls! It’s also the things that will spice up the entire outfit!

BEADSTREET is one of the places to go for accessories! From the current in trend Hello Kitty Spectacles you’ve seen me wearing for the past 2 posts to Iphone casings and plugs. Be it accessories for yourselves, your phone, they have it all! And what’s best, their prices are so low that you can just grab and go without thinking much on the prices. 😛

Although we are actually doing male fashion, the attractive prices and nice designs attracted me and I had to get this ring! This chunky ring is simple yet brings an edgy feel! And yes, it’s only $1!

Here’s happy Andy with his shopping loots! I would say that Cineleisure is really a great place to go with a good mixture of stores that caters to the ladies and the men. Of course, you would have know what are his loots if you’ve watched the video above. If you have not watch it, scroll up and watch it now!

And yup, the CineSensational Trilogy had come to an end. Team SHUTTER have definitely enjoyed ourselves through the whole process!

In case you have missed out any of the previous episodes:

The Hunger Game Awaits (Lifestyle)

The Real Hunger Game Beings (FOOD)

Andy’s Finale: Trilogy: Prep yourselves for the showcase!

If you like what Andy and me have came out with, it would be great if you could spare a vote for Team SHUTTER!

Just go to this link:

http://www.nuffnang.com.sg/cineleisure-next-online-sensation/vote/

Follow the simple steps as shown below to vote:

(You can actually vote every hour. :P)

With Love, <3

XOXO,

Joyce.Forensia

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GUESS Denim Campaign: Try to Win!

Was at GUESS Try to Win! event held at GUESS Paragon on Friday along with the other lovely MFP Bloggers.

 

With lovely Cath.

 

Objective of the event was for everyone of us to try on 3 pairs of jeans and choose the best fit out of the 3.

We will be taking 2 photos, 2 different pair of jeans.

And we get to bring the best fit home. Awesome right?

That’s the GUESS ambassador choosing my jeans for me as I’m not sure about choosing the right pair.

Means no worries if you are unsure of how to choose the right pair of jeans for yourself, there’s friendly ambassadors around to help you find that right pair of jeans for you!

 

First pair I tried on, DareDevil Bootcut. Fits me well and it’s comfortable.

But I did not choose this pair to bring home as I’ve Bootcut designs jeans at home.

 

The 2nd pair I tried, a Starlet Straight cut. Fits well, darker color equals looking slimmer.

This is the pair I choose to bring home.

They have many many designs and cuttings available to choose from. So you don’t have to worry about not finding something that fits especially when you’ve a curvy body shape like me. There’s bound to be something that compliments our body shape well from the huge selection available.

 

Photo Wall where all the polariods are being pasted on.

 

My photo for the wall~

 

Here’s the catch.

Try 3 pair of jeans, take a photo and pen down an interesting caption.

For the best photo with the best caption, you stand to win 1 year supply of GUESS JEANS!!

Plus, you will be getting a pair of limited edition GUESS headphones for trying 3 pair of jeans and taking your photo for the photo wall. (While Stocks Lasts!!)

This campaign is only available at GUESS PARAGON from 5 to 27 November 2011!

So head down now try on the GUESS jeans for the chance to win!


Happy Bloggers with our jeans and headphones!

 

Thanks GUESS for the jeans!

I hardly wear jeans, but now I can try on new looks with my spanking new pair of Guess Jeans!

 

Group Photo!

It’s always fun and laughter with the lovely MFP bloggers! <3!

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