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Meet the Team: The people behind Scaramanga

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Meet the Team

 

We love to get to have a sneak peek behind businesses and get to see the inner workings of our favourite companies. So we thought we would let you see into ours and show you the people behind Scaramanga.

So, in the second blog of our ‘Meet the Team’ series we have Georgia.

Georgia is our Operations Manager. She organises all of us and is the google of Scaramanga, the woman knows everything!!

We have come up with some spit-fire questions to get to know her a little better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Georgia Porteous 

Job Role: Operations Manager 

Favourite Quote: Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali 

How long have you worked at Scaramanga: Almost 5 years! 

What’s your ‘Best Bit’ about your role: My role is so varied that no two days are the same! 

Name your Top 3 films: Baby Driver, Goodfellas, Blues Brothers 

Why do you like working for Scaramanga: We have a brilliant, hardworking team who are a pleasure to work with. (**Disclaimer** Bribery of chocolate and endless cups of tea may have been offered) 

What’s your favourite Bag from the store: I actually have two! I love the Bella, I’ve used one every day for work for years and it’s surprising how much you can fit inside it. I also use the Gemini as my weekend bag, I love that it’s crossbody so keeps my hands free and it’s compact enough that I can easily access my keys, purse and phone. 

Bella Leather Handbag

 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work: I enjoy spending time with friends, doing yoga, going swimming and going for walks in the countryside with my husband and our two rescue greyhounds. 

Holidays are Coming: Christmas Gift Guide for her

 

It’s now officially November, and the great Christmas countdown has begun; the shops are full of festive cards, shelves are heaving with advent calendars and Christmas puddings have miraculously appeared on the ends of the bakery sections in supermarkets everywhere. It might still seem like ages away, but there’s actually only eight weeks until the big day, which means now is the ideal time to start shopping – if you’re stuck for ideas this year, don’t panic; we’ve come up with a series of handy present guides with great solutions to all of your gift-giving woes.

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Leather Bags Autumn Look Book | By Scaramanga

November is just around the corner with the change in weather reminds us that Autumn is in full force. Autumn is a season we look forward to here at Scaramanga. The rich colours and the beautiful scenery inspires us to provide leather bags that gets us in to the spirit of this amazing season. We think the perfect way to begin the Autumn season is with a new bag, and we have chosen four of our favourites to show you how you can give your wardrobe a touch of Autumn.

Gemini Cross Body

The Gemini Cross Body is a perfect bag for an Autumn outing. It can be frustrating when you are going for a stroll in the park, or enjoying a night out with friends, and you are bogged down with a bigger leather bag than you need. The compact size of the leather Cross Body allows you to carry your purse, keys and phone with ease and hands free. Sticking with the Autumn theme, this handbag is crafted with soft antique leather which is a caramel colour, guaranteed to age beautifully.

If you are planning a day trip, or shopping for your new Autumn wardrobe, the classic Leather Britt Tote Bag will be your new best friend. The soft antique leather ensures you will feel comfortable on your daily outings. The shape of the handbag allows you to chuck all your daily essentials in there with plenty of room. There is a small zip compartment on the inside of the leather bag so you can keep your phone and keys in a convenient, safe place. The Britt Tote is a style that every woman would be proud to add to their collection.

The leather Rucksack is a great way to carry all your essentials in a stylish way. This leather backpack conveniently holds everything you could need, with two external pockets allowing you to have easier access to all of your things. You will find a place for everything you need for the day, interior zipped pockets, to a dedicated compartment to hold your phone and keys. The rich colour will compliment your Autumn season wardrobe beautifully.

Mens Leather Travel Bag

 

The final bag that we think is a fantastic leather bag for the Autumn season is of course the leather duffle bag. This weekend holdall is a perfect blend of practical and fashionable. We are a big fan of the Duffle here at Scaramanga, we gave this bag a modern twist with its zip closure, two handles and a detachable shoulder strap. These practical features will guarantee to make you feel more secure and comfortable when carrying your items, there is more than enough room for a weekend away. This holdall is very multi-functional as you can take it on a day trip or a long weekend or even as your gym bag for after work.   *Adorable pup not included

From the beautiful Gemini to the leather tote bag, there is a wide selection of leather bag styles that you can add to your Autumn wardrobe.

Meet the Team: The People behind Scaramanga

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Meet the Team

We love to get to have a sneak peek behind businesses and get to see the inner workings of our favourite companies. So we thought we would let you see into ours and show you the people behind Scaramanga.

So, first up in our ‘Meet the Team’ series we have Sam. Sam is our Digital Marketing Manager. She organises and communicates all our campaigns.

We have come up with some spit-fire questions to get to know Sam a little better.

 

 

 

 

Name: Samantha McBride 

Job Role: Digital Marketing Manager 

Favourite Quote:  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

How long have you worked at Scaramanga:  5 Months

Whats your ‘Best Bit’ about your role: I love to be creative and organise cool photos and videos for social media 

Name your Top 3 films: Men of Honor, As good as it gets & It’s a wonderful life

Why do you like working for Scaramanga: I like that we work with producers and suppliers in traditional artisan and craft based industries that still use traditional materials, methods and skills. Many of the suppliers we use are small-scale family-run businesses.

Whats your favourite Bag from the store:  I love the Duffle Bag, I think its so chic and classic. I can’t wait for mine to get all beat up and old looking.

leather weekender bag for men

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work:  I love going to the cinema, catching up with my friends or I love going to a new town or city and just spend the day wandering around and finding interesting things.

How to make your home cosy this Autumn

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With the temperature plummeting and the nights drawing in, there’s no better time to make over your house for the colder months. Whether you want to make your lounge a little more cosy, or add in some retro lighting for those dark evenings, we’ve got everything to make your home a haven  this Winter.

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Upcycled Furniture: ‘One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure’

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buying antique and vintage furniture in India

Back in the ‘good-old’ days…after the Industrial Revolution, new technologies, new materials and seemingly endless energy sources made it more profitable to create brand new products from scratch rather than repair and reuse old ones. Over time, things got so bad that manufacturers even started ‘stimulating’ the economy by ensuring that goods broke down or went out of style as quickly as possible to keep consumers coming back again and again. Of course from a sustainability perspective this is deplorable because new resources are continually needed to make newer models, and more often than not, the old product materials aren’t reused and end up polluting ecosystems and clogging up landfills. Continued

Upgrade Your Business Bag With Scaramanga | Leather Laptop Bag

Update Your Business Style With A Brand New Leather Laptop Bag

leather laptop bag

It’s that time of year that the summer months are drawing to an end and the woolly jumpers are making their way into your wardrobe. It’s time to show your work colleagues what you are made of by upgrading you work style. What better way to start than a brand new leather laptop bag?. A business bag has the ability to give you confidence and a spring in your step while traveling to work. From Large tote bags, to a leather briefcase, we have a range of bags to suite your style.

Carry It All With The Hamilton Briefcase

If you are looking for a classic bag to practically carry all of your work essentials, the Hamilton Womens Briefcase can be the perfect solution. A beautiful, classic leather bag for women that draws inspiration from our renowned satchel bags and laptop bags. We’ve taken the best parts of our most popular bags to create this stunning briefcase for women. Whether you have a corporate meeting planned or it’s casual Friday, medium messenger bags for men are versatile enough to compliment your style beautifully.

Show Them Who’s Boss

The Cityscape Laptop Bag is a striking bag that will certainly show your strong business side. We opted for our vintage hunter leather for this bag to give you a classic, timeless work style. The large main compartment in the Cityscape is big enough to fit your laptop, files and endless essentials. Isn’t it frustrating when you have to dig through your bag to find your phone and keys? We have resolved this problem by adding a small pocket at the front of the leather laptop bag. You will guarantee to create bag envy amongst your colleagues.

Keep It Comfortable With Our New Leather Tote Bag

Our new Leather Tote Bag is a great way to carry your laptop and files without feeling bulky. The Backpack features two sturdy straps and handle to make your journey to work much more efficient. The smart leather laptop tote is today’s modern bag that would make the professional part of your life less stressful. The main compartment features a padded interior to keep your files and laptop separate, we have also added a zip lock opening to keep your items secure on your commute.

 

The Ultimate Business Bag

The Medium Pocket and Handle Satchel the leather laptop bag that everyone deserves to take to work. Ideal blend of vintage classic style and modern functionality. The practical briefcase is made from our favourite hunter leather, giving it that highly desired distressed look. With its sturdy construction – strong double stitching – is a great bag for all your day-to-day stuff and everything you may need to take to work. The main compartment also offers endless space for your laptop and documents. Take your brand new Satchel to work by day and a last minute trip by night.

satchel bag for men

 

Make working life more enjoyable and treat yourself to a work style upgrade. Whether you are looking for a practical briefcase or a stylish tote, we have you covered. Take a look at our Instagram page to find more ways to update your style.

Meet the Team… Five Minutes with Carl Morenikeji, Scaramanga Founder

Scaramanga Founder, Carl Morenikeji with Wife Emma
Scaramanga Founder, Carl Morenikeji with Wife Emma

We’ve featured a few members of our staff here on the blog before, but today it’s the turn of Carl – the man behind the Scaramanga brand. So grab a cup of tea, and get ready to meet the team. Sit down, relax and discover Carl’s tips on how to find the best vintage homewares, the perks of the job and how Scaramanga got it’s name.

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Scaramanga’s Summer Mystical, Flights of Fantasy, Medieval and Secret Places

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If you’re planning a trip to up or down to Fife and want to explore the area and get-off-the-beaten-track then here’re a few ideas from Scaramanga. We guarantee that you’re likely to be the only ones in these five places. They’re no more than a 20 minute drive from Scaramanga HQ. There are no sign posts to any of them and most locals don’t know they exist. So getting to them is going to be part of the fun!

Dunino Den druids and magical Fife
Low winter sun above the well above Dunino Den. Human sacrifies were said to have made by druids

 

1. Dunino Den

Many people say the area holds a magical and mysterious aura and that it’s haunted by fairies and other creatures of Celtic legend. The well was said to have been used for human sacrifice by druids, but there’s no record of druids taking part in human sacrifices. A church was built on the remains of an ancient stone circle. A set of steep steps have been carved from the rock down to the bottom of the den. You’ll find Celtic crosses, symbols and marks etched into the stone by visitors and worshippers. Look out for the face of a man, it can be a little hard to find. Coin offerings are pressed into crack and holes in the rocks. Surrounding trees have been decorated with dream catchers and beads. We saw a small doll swinging from a tree.


There most likely will have been a circle marked out around this central tree, druids worshipped, and also chanted, prayed and danced within this circle, which has ‘no beginning and no end’, the four quarter-points symbolising the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. The forest floor is backed on two sides by two huge moss-covered rock faces, like a semi circle, looking onto the stream. It feels secluded and magical. Pagans still visit Dunino Den.
To get there go to Dunino church, KY16 8LU (lovely sight in it’s own right ) then walk down the left hand side of the church following a worn path between the graveyards towards the woods.

 

 

Vincenzo Lunardi aka 'the Daredevil Areonaught
Vincenzo Lunardi aka ‘the Daredevil Areonaught – Scotland’s first areonaught landed here in 1784

 

2. Lunardi Memorial
Take a trip to the Lunardi memorial in Balinnie, near Ceres. Vincenzo Lunardi aka ‘the Daredevil Areonaught’ became the first person to fly an aircraft in 1784 in England. Lunardi was a flamboyant young Italian whose balloon ascents in Scotland were very successful and totally eclipsed those of James Tytler, Scotland’s first aeronaut. On October 5, 1785 he flew from George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh for 46 miles, most of it over water landing in Coaltown of Callange, near Ceres. This plaque was erected in 1986 to commemorate the bicentenary of this remarkable achievement. Lunardi wasn’t the first to attempt balloon flight in Scotland, but none had travelled much distance, and Lunardi’s trip to Fife is regarded as the first aerial voyage in Scotland. Lunardi was a popular character of the time, and the Lunardi bonnet, a balloon shaped hat about 2 feet high, and Lunardi skirts, which were decorated with balloon motifs, were the vogue fashion accessories of the time.

Lunardi’s balloon

See details of how to walk from Ceres here

If you’re driving to the memorial take care as there is no parking except for a muddy farm track on a sharp bend in the B940 and the memorial is not visible from the road. B940, KY15 5TU.

 

3. Visit to the ruins of the former Orwell Kirk (church) on the banks of Loch Leven. Explore the 16th and 17th century graveyard and spot the tombs with skull and cross bones. Can you find the oldest grave? We spotted one dated 1665. The chapel of “Urwell” was granted to the Abbey of Dunfermline by a charter of Robert I, dated at Cambuskenneth, 14th November, 1315. The remains of the manse (vicarage) can also be explored. Getting there: park at Loch Leven’s Larder and walk down to the Loch, turn right once you reach the Loch Leven Heritage Trail and walk anti-clockwise. After 10 minutes on the trail you’ll see the graveyard in a group of trees 100m to the right. Walk back to Loch Leven’s Larder for a coffee and cakes.
Loch Leven’s Larder/Channel Farm, Kinross KY13 9HD, 01592 841000.

 

Elie beach on Fife Coastal Path Ruby Bay

 

4. Deserted sandy beaches of the East Neuk – Elie, KY9 1BS. The beaches of the East Nuek don’t really get that busy, but if you want a beach to yourself then head towards Elie and enjoy a a long sandy beach north of the village. Follow signs for Elie. Drive east from the village green along the A917 (stop at the Deli to buy a picnic) turn south / left into Wadeslea and continue for 500m, then turn left into Admiralty Lane continue or 750m until you get to Ruby Bay carpark. Once parked follow footpath signs for Fife Coastal Path for 300m until you get to an unnamed beautiful white sand beach that stretches for almost 2 miles north east. Lots of rock pools to explore. If youve not brought a picnic stop for lunch at the Ship Inn on The Toft on the way to the harbour or the excellent Anstruther Fish Bar 15min drive north.

 

5. Dundee Secret Bunker – This three level bunker is hidden 10 metres below the houses in a residential area of Dundee. Over the last 15 years a team of volunteers have been painstakingly restoring it. It was abandoned in 1991 after the collaspse of the Soviet Union. Until 26 years ago, the bunker would have been on the front line in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK, providing a place for 80 men and women ROC volunteers to measure nuclear blast waves and radioactive fallout. They would have been literally sealed into an air-tight underground complex.

The Dundee nuclear bunker is not open to the public. But if you contact 28th Observer Group via Facebook. They may be able to organise private tours: www.facebook.com/28group

Meet The Maker: Leather Satchels A Step-by-Step Guide To Making A Traditional Bag

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designing our bags

At Scaramanga we’re proud of how our beautiful classic leather satchels are designed, and the hardworking, highly skilled men and women who create our bags. We believe in making classic leather satchels and bags using traditional tools and materials and most importantly of all, staying true to original leather working techniques and traditions. Our leather bags are still made the same way they would have been made in Britain 60 years ago.

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