The Sunday Lust List No. 1

This is my first Lust List (wish list just makes me thing of this Morecambe & Wise sketch) and something I’ll keep dropping in here and there. As you probably know I only really focus on grooming, skin care and fragrance but it’s fair to say that these often go hand in hand with men’s style, lifestyle, tech and fashion.

The Cambridge Satchel Company 15″ Classic


Photo lovingly borrowed from Tasha at A Brimful of Tasha

I first heard of The Cambridge Satchel Company on the fabulously emotive Google Chrome ad following the journey of its founder, Julie Deane. I know they became very popular and were copied by every brand under the sun 2/3 years ago but I still love them and find them extremely beautiful.

I travel a lot to London to visit clients and PRs (among other places) and always have a bag with my containing my MacBook, iPhone, wallet, chargers, diary, notebook, various lip balms, hand cream, so on and so forth. I usually make do with a Canvas Bag (a LUSH Ltd one actually) but since being there last week wearing it on my shoulder, I felt a hand brush against the strap before immediately turning around with the culprit disappearing without a trace. Luckily nothing was taken. I’m reconsidering using them in the future.

The Cambridge Satchel Company 15 inch Classic bag is handmade in Britain out of beautiful, 100% natural cow leather. They’re available in a few different sizes but I’d say a smaller bag might look a bit out of place on a guy; or at least on me anyway. They’re available to buy online direct here from The Cambridge Satchel Company and the 15″ classic is just £120. Do you have one of these or one similar? Are they as great as they look or do you regret it?

Harris Tweed Apple Laptop Case

esplanade-london How amazing are these? They’re not actually made my Harris Tweed as far as I can tell, but in fact made to order by the seller from the fabric of your choosing (all Harris Tweed).

Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament. Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.

Each case features a swing lock latch; a fully interfaced, fleece padded lining to protect your device from scratches. At only £42-£45 + £2.20 free delivery for Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air devices, these are seriously tempting! Check out the Esplanade London eBay shop here.

ZARA Leather Wallet with Phone Case

3643005105_2_3_13643005105_2_1_1Finally, this is cool. Keys, phone and wallet are the words I scream to myself as I frantically run around the apartment checking the lights are off and windows are shut before I leave.

This wallet from ZARA is a big wallet with mobile phone case as well as a keyring loop/clip for your keys. It’s the perfect accessory. How often do you juggle your wallet with your phone pressed underneath it? I think I have my phone in my hand more than anything else which is sad, but endemic of the times and my job I guess. Are you the same?

The ZARA Leather Wallet with Phone Case is £19.99 and available here from ZARA online.

Posted at 13:33 April 27, 2015

I’ve had my oxblood 15” for around 3 years and I love it but did struggled to fit a 13” MacBook Pro with a case on. Also if you do get one, make sure to invest in a good leather protector as the top and straps do have a tendency to slightly ‘crack’ and bend unevenly which can be annoying.

    Posted at 13:41 April 27, 2015
    Thom Watson

    Oh thanks for that advice Jay. I’ll bear that in mind. Thanks for taking the time to comment. T x

Posted at 12:29 April 27, 2015

I have the 15″ Classic in red – it was an anniversary present and I could not be happier with it. It holds everything I need and has that right mix of professional and kitsch – a little more personality than a briefcase but more appropriate than a backpack. It will only get better with age too!

    Posted at 12:39 April 27, 2015
    Thom Watson

    How long have you had it Ian? Does it wear well? Not being able to do what I normally do when I buy a bag which is pull at it and rag it about to see how well it’s made, I’m still hesitant. Definitely encouraging though and thanks so much for taking the time to comment. T x

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