Satchel purses are by far my favorite type of carrying bag. From their compact, boxed size to their hand held handles, I feel that satchel bags blend well with any outfit, adding style, glamour and aesthetic appeal.

A satchel is basically a purse with a short handle that you grip in your hand or dangle from your lower arm, as opposed to a shoulder strap purse, clutch bag or tote. A satchel bag much resembles the shape of a small briefcase, although a satchel is soft-sided.

In fashion, much of the popularity of the satchel as a fashion accessory since 2008 is driven by the Cambridge Satchel Company, whose product was on a Guardian gift guide in 2009, and was described as a cross-body bag in a 2010 article.

Satchel Fun Fact: In literature, the satchel is often associated with the classic image of the English schoolboy: “And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel” is a phrase from Shakespeare’s monologue All the World’s a Stage.

All major designers of purses produce satchel bags, including Coach, Prada, Guess, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Mulberry and Calvin Klein, to name a few.

Satchel purses for styling handbags and gladrags!

School Bag Satchel Fun Fact: The traditional Oxford and Cambridge style satchel is a simple design that features a simple pouch with a front flap. Variations include designs with a single or double pocket on the front and sometimes a handle on the top of the bag. The classic school bag satchel often has two straps, so that it can be worn like a backpack, with the design having the straps coming in a V from the center of the back of the bag, rather than separate straps on each side. This style is sometimes called a satchel backpack.

The school satchel was described as “the bag of choice for 1950s children.”

Be it the 1950s or 2017, satchel handbags never lose their convenience and chic, cool, fashionable appeal!

Popular Versions of the Satchel:

  1. Backpack
  2. Briefcase
  3. Cambridge Satchel Company
  4. Carrier
  5. Handbag
  6. Magic Satchel
  7. Mail Satchel
  8. Messenger Bag

Satchel bags make for some glamorous gladrags!

“The satchel purse that you’re carrying is fabulous, chic and bright.”

“It’s the perfect size for a handbag. Holds every item I need just right.”

“It’s large enough to be noticed but small enough to look delicate and cute.”

“If I have to vote on my favorite style of purse it’s for the satchel that I’ll root!”

“Do you own any other types of purses besides the satchel case?”

“I sometimes carry a clutch bag, but the satchel purse holds my taste!”

Satchel Bags: Convenient to carry, beautiful to behold, the pleasingly perfect size! Be satchel purse wise!


Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website



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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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