I don’t know what it is, but I know I’m not alone in my love of the traditional leather satchel.
I mean – how could you not, really?
Practical, stylish, versatile… It’s everything you need. And so darn cute, too! And as we head into Autumn and the cooler months, I always seem to put away the cute little fabric bags and backpacks I’ve been using all summer, and reach for something sturdier and heavier – subconsciously preparing myself and my essentials to handle the rubbish weather that’s sure to be headed our way soon (even if it IS fooling us it’s still summer with all this delicious sunshine right now).
And this particular satchel, the Belforte 14″ Hunter from Yoshi is a particular charmer.
First off, it’s a great size. 14″ isn’t so big as to be cumbersome and in the way when you’re in a crowded place; but it’s big enough to hold most laptops and A4 pads. And that’s so important; a satchel is the perfect work/school/college/uni bag, isn’t it? But you do obviously need one that’ll actually fit your stuff inside it.
But it also makes a brilliant weekend out-and-about option – the leather is strong and sturdy enough to take day-to-day battering with ease, and the glorious colour makes it far more than a utilitarian work piece. And if red’s not your thing (though frankly, you’re making a mistake if it’s not *strokes red leather lovingly* ), Yoshi have a whole range of colour options for you to choose from…
Inside the bag Yoshi have kept it classically simple; unlined, and with no pockets or additions. There’s a just space for you to fill, exactly as a traditional satchel should be.
Of course there’s the outside pocket, which is more than big enough for phones and keys etc; and deep enough for them not to be precarious in there.
When a bag is as simple and uncluttered as this one, quality is the key – and Yoshi make their bags with quality by the bucket load. The leather is thick and glorious, and the stitching is finely detailed and an attractive detailing feature rather than just the bag construction mechanics.
- Height 24 cm
- Width 36 cm
- Depth 11 cm
- Handle Drop 5 cm
- Shoulder Strap 63-78 cm
If you’re on the hunt for a genuine leather satchel with a traditional look, in contemporary stylish colours – head to Yoshi. You won’t be disappointed.
The Belforte 14″ Leather Satchels are £65, and available direct from Yoshi,