For months, the Cambridge Satchel has been a hot topic of interest amongst bloggers worldwide, and for many, it has become somewhat of a fashion staple. The Cambridge Satchel Company entered the media spotlight after releasing its “Flouro” collection, and it came as no surprise, since the bright pink, green, yellow and orange colours hit this season’s neon trend spot-on.
However, after reading a post on MadlyJuicy.com, I was introduced to another satchel brand: Zatchels. At one’s first look, they could pass as Cambridge Satchel Company replicas. But unlike Cambridge Satchels, Zatchels are available in polka dot, tartan and floral prints, reptile and elephant textures, faux fur and grunge finishings, in addition to classic, pastel and (my favourite) metallic colours.
Some say that Zatchels are a just a rip-off (read comments) of Cambridge Satchels. And while the majority of bloggers may side with Cambridge Satchels for the company’s reputed brand name, the team behind Grazia Daily has shown its support of Zatchels. The magazine even collaborated with the brand to promote a limited edition bag:
How They Compare
Both bags are produced from high-quality leathers,and are available in four different sizes. Price-wise, there’s not much difference between the two brands, but in some instances, Zatchels are more expensive. For instance, the price range of the Cabridge Satchel Flouro is £98-£108, while the Zatchels Metallic Satchels cost £99-£115.
Some design similarities are just too stark to ignore. Both brands have created a bag using The Union Jack flag graphic. The Cambridge Satchel Company version is sold exclusively on Asos.com, and Zatchels gives customers the option of purchasing the the bag in white, black, red metallic and blue metallic colours.
Granted, Cambridge Satchel Company takes the lead in fan base and media representation, with almost 5,000 Facebook fans, as opposed to Zatchels, who have about 2,300. Also, search engine results show more than one million entries for the Cambridge Satchel Company, and only 63,000 for Zatchels.
However, Zatchels have a wider variety of colours, textures and designs, whereas Cambridge Satchels are more limited. But Zatchels are lacking in the neon colour department. So if you’re bent on getting a Cambridge Satchel for it’s gorgeous fluorescent colour, there’s nothing to debate. But if you’re looking to take the vintage trend a bit further, or want to stand out from the blogger brigade with a more unique satchel, browse through the creative and colourful satchels on Zatchels.com. Personally? I’m torn between the yellow Flouro (Cambridge Satchel Company) and the silver Metallic (Zatchels)!