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True Brits — The Cambridge Satchel Company x Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection




It’s a fashion marriage made in an Anglophile heaven! For the Autumn/Winter 2013 season, The Cambridge Satchel Company has joined forced with British designer Vivienne Westwood, one of the pioneers of runway-ready punk fashion and a true living legend. The result: a limited-edition collection of bags with the brand’s nostalgic satchel silhouette and Westwood’s modern design sensibility.

Each of the three bags in the collection incorporates Westwood’s signature squiggle print, which she first introduced for her Autumn/Winter 1981-82 Pirate collection. As its name implies, the collection explored fashions inspired by swashbucklers, buccaneers, and seafaring plunderers, but modernized them via colorful hues, quirky prints, and a distinctively rock ‘n’ roll styling.  This collection not only solidified Westwood’s reputation as a visionary but also produced one of her most iconic designs to date: her beloved pirate boots. 

As a nod to the original Vivienne Westwood pirate boots, the bags in the Cambridge Satchel Company x Vivienne Westwood collection not only incorporate the squiggle print that first appeared on the footwear’s uppers but also replicate they also feature straps in a pale tan color that replicates the hue of the straps on the original boots.

The limited-edition satchels, then, look to the future while being grounded in the past both via the vintage vibe of the satchels themselves (this style of bag dates back tot he 17th century) and through the nostalgic print chosen by the Vivienne Westwood team, one synonymous with the designer’s roots. Available in either a 14″ size or an 11″ size, the soft leather satchels come in three color ways: yellow with a black squiggle print , white with a red squiggle print, and brown with a black squiggle print.

The 11″ satchel retails for $255 while the $14 satchel retails for $300. US customers can purchase the bags at the Vivienne Westwood boutique in Los Angeles by calling 323.951.0021 or at The Cambridge Satchel Company stores in London by calling  020 72 407 712.

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