The Cambridge Satchel Company Barrel Backpack in Neon Orange
As you know, I really love the colour coral, it’s literally one of my favourites. I also have a thing for backpacks that look really classic and smart, so when I saw this Cambridge Satchel Barrel Backpack in Neon Coral, my jaw dropped open. I did think about it for a couple of weeks and wonder if I actually needed a neon coral bag as it’s quite striking and bold, whereas I usually go for more muted colours when it comes to my bags, but I couldn’t resist the shape, the design, and the colour in the end so I purchased it!
This backpack to me is the perfect mix of cool, young and interesting mixed with classic details. The Barrel reminds me of the normal Satchel, but with a lot more features which makes it fun. Its rounded edges and reinforced top handle are really smooth and contoured to the hand, so when you carry it with the handle, it feels just right. I can’t even explain how smooth the leather feels, it’s lovely to just stroke. I know that sounds weird, but it has a really nice sensation, it’s really that smooth.
It also features adjustable leather straps which use buckles to lengthen or shorten them, but my only little negative about that is sometimes you can feel them against your back, so it’s not completely comfortable, but it depends how tight you wear it. The buckles on the front use magnetic closures so those are really easy to open and close, much more so than the older classic satchel with the buckle fastening openings. It also features the branded hardware and is unlined inside, so it’s quite a rustic bag with just the back of the leather showing.
One of the best things that I like about The Cambridge Satchel Co. is that their bags are made in England. I remember when I did an interview with Julie back when they first came out in 2012 and I fell in love with the brand then, but this is the first time I have bought a backpack from them. I wont lie, the neon coral is literally like an orange highlighter pen, it’s extremely fluorescent and neon, so it stands out a lot, much like the photos here as I tried to capture its brightness. Originally I thought it was too bright and was contemplating keeping it or not, but I am glad I did. I love it! I think it goes with white perfectly so I’m definitely wearing it with a lot of white pieces, especially my jeans.
I’ve shown quite a few different ways to wear this bag, including worn on my back fully, slung over my shoulder, and carried by the top handle so it does have three ways to wear it. It’s always good when backpacks are versatile like that. I love that it’s flat too, I knot it limits what you can fit in it, but it’s much better when you sit in a chair and can keep your backpack on. Just for reference though, the LB you see on the label is just my watermark, it’s not actually embossed on the bag. What do you think of my Cambridge Satchel Barrel Backpack in Neon Coral?