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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the larger the bag, the more it will carry. However, the problems with the majority of large bags are twofold.
1) They are usually just one massive cavity in which you will spend approximately 50% of your time rooting around to find the one thing you need (which is always the last thing your grasping hand will find, having previously groped every other neighbouring item. Twice).
2) They are mostly very ugly. Continued
Some Scaramanga customers may not be aware that we’ve been designing and making leather satchels and travel bags for several years now. In fact we were one of a very small number of stores selling their own handmade leather satchels almost five years ago.
We’ve used this knowledge, valuable customer feedback and years of experience to bring a wider variety of quality classically styled leather satchels, messenger bags and vintage inspired travel bags, so if you like classic British design and traditional craftsmanship then you’ll love Scaramanga’s leather satchels, messenger bags and travel bags.
If you’re anything like me, an extra cupboard in your house would never go amiss, and even better a vintage cupboard so that it brings style as well as space. The vintage look is in, and whether you have an entirely vintage styled home or you have a more modern style and are just looking to add something a bit different to your home interior, a classic vintage cabinet can provide the look as well as providing a versatile space to store almost anything.
Here in the office we are always surrounded by a wide variety of antique wooden chests, old treasure chests, trunks, vintage boxes, coffers and kists in all different shapes and sizes, and this week we’ve been asking: what makes the perfect pirate’s chest?
The great thing about Scaramanga leather bags is not only the wide range of choice, but also the versatility, so that there really is something to suit everyone. Of course, our leather bags are great for the normal uses: school, college, work, a day-to-day bag, a laptop bag or a weekend bag. But sometimes if you think outside the box, you can find a different use for our bags that you might never have thought of, so we have been thinking of alternative ways to use your Scaramanga leather bag that you might useful!
To start things off, this week I spoke to Emma Morenikeji who loves her new Scaramanga vintage Flight Bag 2 and had the idea to use it as a stylish baby bag alternative…
Always on the look out for vintage finds, last week we were lucky enough to get our hands on an authentic vintage French military satchel from 1953.
The small leather and canvas satchel, still in excellent condition almost sixty years later, is a true lasting piece of history and everything from the unusually shaped compartments made for holding grenades, to the stamps under the flap show the authenticity of this quirky satchel bag.
In fact, the unusual compartments – four, vertical divided areas within the satchel – were the immediate point of interest for us here in the office as we considered what we might be able to put in them. The quickly settled conclusion: miniature bottles of wine!
Seriously, though, at first glance the vertical compartments look like a bit of an inconvenience – and there’s no denying that if you were looking to carry a notebook or diary that it’s not going to happen in one of these – but the compartments add an unusual twist to the satchel bag and are well suited to carry all of the main essentials: phone, purse, keys, sunglasses and, of course, the alcohol miniatures…
What with the sunglasses and the wine stored neatly in there, what you’ve got is the ideal satchel bag to see you through the upcoming festival season! The tough dark green canvas and chunky leather is perfect for roughing it in a field for the weekend, and there’s no need to worry about your bag getting damaged or dirty. All the essentials can be packed neatly inside in the individual compartments, making everything easily locatable, even when you’re squashed up in the crowds!
Just in time for festival season coming up, Scaramanga have managed to source a limited number of these genuine vintage bags, which are soon to appear on the website – so keep an eye out for these quirky military bags, perfect for adding a vintage yet practical edge to your festival look for this summer!
Prices and availability to be confirmed.
On the fashion front, there is no doubting that University is high maintenance. Girls may turn up for lectures in slouchy jogging bottoms, with their battered looking vintage leather bag and messed up hair, but it is a fashion statement: the jogging bottoms are from Jack Wills, they are teamed with a tight top and the hairstyle has been tactfully hair-sprayed in place for that ‘just out of bed’ look. Guys can be spotted in their Barbour jackets, tight jeans and sunglasses. Well, maybe the Jack Wills bottoms and the Barbour jackets are specific to here in St Andrews, but it still seems that students everywhere students are dressed to impress – they have a distinct style: as my mum likes to tell me every time I go home “you’re always dressed like a student!“
VINTAGE TRAVEL trunks – sometimes called steamer trunks, cabin trunks or wardrobe trunks – are wonderful throwbacks to the halcyon days of travel. People travelled on ‘grand tours’ of Europe, the USA and adventured to the wilds of Africa and Asia for long periods of time. They journeyed by steam train and luxurious steamliner cruise ships and had ‘help’ to pack (and unpack) their clothes, and most definitely to carry their luggage!
Today travel trunks are no longer used as pieces of luggage, but they have evolved into stylish functional furniture pieces for bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and even home-offices.