The Zatchels Blog

October 7, 2014

Model Street Style

Here at Zatchels HQ, we love keeping up with the cream of the UK modelling scene and their jet-setter styles. Whether it’s planes, trains or automobiles, they effortlessly transform themselves between the seasons.

 The beautiful Victoria Secrets’ model Rosie Huntington-Whitely is one of our top faves – it’s effortless chic just about everywhere she goes. And she is all over the latest coat trends…

We are loving her gorgeous duster coat – this season’s absolute must-have. Reminiscent of her Burberry campaign days, she shows off those never ending legs in perfect Autumn street style.


 Up next, the oversized boyfriend blazer and super stylish shades are the perfect way to work that classic celeb ‘airport chic’ look.


But for us, this ultra-chic fur coat and gorgeous camel fedora confirms she has got to be the queen of street style – mega envy alert!



September 26, 2014

Classy & Absolutely Fabulously Folksy

The fabulous A/W Folk Tales  trend which we saw float down the runways during London Fashion Week 2013 is now on our high streets.  This is great news because we get to shop beautiful styles in warm tones and choose accessories like those gorgeous tassels which are so tempting and fun.


Just being able to mix rich colours with bold patterns and magical, enchanting prints means this has got to be the best trend ever, right?!


At Zatchels we love this trend so much, we just wanted to be part of it! And, as if by magic, our clever designers created the Artisan Collection…


Every folk story has its heroine and ours is the beautiful Artisan collection– handmade with a natural weathered texture for that loved-for-years look.



Not only are our Artisan Saddle Bags lovingly handcrafted using the finest weathered leather, we think this is a classic design and compact shape that makes this bag just as practical as it is stylish and on-trend.

And if you are looking for that bag that is THE perfect work-to-weekend essential then you will adore our Artisan Shopper.



With effortless good looks this bag truly combines autumn/winter street style with that understated elegance for that extra touch of class…

September 23, 2014

Faux fur, colour blocking and tailoring trends: our look at #LFW

Over here at Zatchels we did love the thrills of watching London Fashion Week 2014 unfurl all its gorgeousness in early September.  So as ever we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our favourite SS15 trends…

Calling all FASHIONISTA’s – you are going to love this one! Faux fur is set to fill our wardrobes from now all the way through to SS15. We have seen the likes of Pixie Lott and our style crush, Alexa Chung, adorned in eye-catching fur accessories from coats to clutch bags in an array of stand-out colours.


Alexa Chung


We better start selecting our super-chic Zatchels shoulder bags – that smart tailoring trend shows absolutely no signs of tailing off…



Colour blocking is the ultimate colourway trend. It means that everyone gets to play around with their wardrobes and allows our Zatchels designers to add in some vibrant colours and shapes into our everyday looks! #ZatchelsLoves



We love our colour here at Zatchels but you can’t go wrong with monochrome bags – it’s always a favourite. So if black & white is your thing then there is plenty to pick from to fit perfectly with this up and coming trend.



And for that perfect day-to-evening look we did especially like those gorgeous bucket bags which made their runway debuts at LFW14…


Let us know what you think of our chosen SS15 trends and what your favourite trends were during London Fashion Week.




September 18, 2014

Our Pewter Micro grabs Vogue attention

Fabulous! We are featured in October’s Miss Vogue!

Cover of Miss Vogue Oct 2014 (reproduced with permission from Vogue)

Zatchels featured in Miss Vogue

What a thrill… Autumn is looming and our fab little Micro Satchel has made it to the coveted pages of Miss Vogue – it seems the fashionistas love the Zatchels Pewter ‘petrol-slick’ looks as much as we do… #blush

So whilst of course we always adore a little Gold and Silver bag  to add some sparkling loveliness for glam nights out (who doesn’t ) it seems that Pewter is THE metallic de jour – so check out our new generation metallic bags and go have some FUN, FUN FUN.



For all the latest fashion goss, you can pick up Miss Vogue along with your monthly edition from the Vogue fashion gods.

Gorgeous Gifts

We have that cosy Autumnal feeling over here at Zatchels which can only mean one thing… Christmas is coming.  So if you are looking for that special gift then we think that the latest Zatchels Pewter Micro makes the perfect pressie.   



Love that Super Smart Tailored look?

At Zatchels we love being part of the latest fashion trends – and this year’s Autumn/Winter Tailoring Trend is one we definitely LIKE! And our new Classic Navy collection perfectly suits this season’s essential tailoring look.

10 We think no city slicker should be seen without a handmade New Style Shoulder bag in striking block colours and bold stripes with gorgeous contrast colour stitching to perfectly accent your city chic.

blogg From boardroom to boutique bar, our shoulder bags can be instantly transformed into a classy clutch, carrying you into the party season… Bring it on.


September 10, 2014

Zatchels are back at Bicester Village Oxfordshire

Back by popular demand Zatchels have just opened a standalone store at the popular designer shopping outlet village in Oxfordshire.


Exterior view of the Zatchels store at Bicester Village


An interior view of  the Zatchels store at Bicester Village

Having spent time at the village last summer within a pop up style shop Zatchels are now firmly back at Bicester with a ‘Best of British’ boom and their very own store. The Zatchels Bicester store will be selling an array of colourful hand crafted leather bags, satchels, and accessories sold at an exclusive designer outlet price.

Positioned within the heart of the village the Zatchels store sits near the likes of Armarni, Moncler, Gucci and faces the popular Jack Wills store.


An Interior View of the Zatchels store at Bicester Village


An interior view of the Zatchels store at Bicester Village

The Zatchels store at Bicester Village opens between 9am and 9pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-7pm on Sundays. Find Bicester Village at this address: 50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD.

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July 3, 2014

Fashion Blogger “Rosie-Glow” Showcases Zatchels at Glastonbury

Nothing says summer more than Glastonbury Festival – one of the UK’s biggest and best! An an event that proudly kicks off the festival season with its heady mix of fashion, music and culture.

And of course Zatchels are as keen as most brands to be seen at this festival, as in recent years it has been the summer hangout for ultra-stylish celebrities and fashionistas the world over with the likes of Alexa Chung, Laura Whitmore, Cara Delevingne,  and Kate Moss all seasoned regulars.

Fashion blogger "Rosie-glow" showcasing her Mint Pastel Backpack

Fashion Blogger “Rosie-glow” Showcasing her Mint Pastel Backpack

Influential UK fashion blogger Rosie Blake from Manchester was there amongst the fashion crowd looking effortlessly stylish with our Mint Pastel Backpack as her must-have accessory for Glastonbury.

It is no surprise that Rosie chose this particular backpack, as they already have been popular amongst the fashion press having previously been seen in the likes of Company, Look and Grazia magazines.

We love how Rosie has styled her look and feel our backpack adds a pop of colour against her beautifully soft boho style – and absolutely perfect for festivals!

Fashion blogger Rosie Blake shows off her festival style

Fashion Blogger Rosie Blake’s Festival Style

Showcasing her festival style on her blog “Rosie-glow” she describes her Zatchels as a “mint green beauty” that was none other that “backpack perfection.” Telling her readers how it’s real leather so strong enough and large enough to hold all her “festival essentials whilst still looking super-stylish” we couldn’t agree more!

Zatchels Mint Pastel Backpack

Zatchels Mint Pastel Backpack

Want to know more? Click here to take a look at Rosie’s blog post.

Added to this …You can now purchase our Mint Pastel Backpack with an incredible 50% off until Monday 7th July 2014 in the Zatchels Flash Summer Sale.




June 19, 2014

The Lord Mayor of York officially opens Zatchels store

The Right Honorable Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of York officially open the Zatchels boutique store on Friday 10th June 2014 with Zatchels Directors Dean Clarke, Brian Brady and York store manager Lisa Fisher. Once the ribbon was cut, The Lord Mayor officially welcomed Zatchels to the thriving city of York with doors officially opened the team warmly welcomed customers, press, bloggers, local dignitaries and business owners to their Shambles based store.

Zatchels york launch event 2

The Lord Mayor of York officially opens Zatchels store

As part of the official opening soiree Zatchels revealed a brand new collection of satchels and bags entitled the Rose Garden Collection.

The collection includes the ‘York Rose’ print design which plays homage to the iconic floral emblem of the City of York. The print consists of large bold white rose pattern with black drawn outline that is seen in repeat across a backdrop of pastel leathers and with contrasting white leather handles, gusset panels and attachments. Proudly positioned within the store window the new collection attracted plenty of attention from the passing shoppers, and was a firmed favourite with the Lady Mayoress.

Zatchels exclusive "York Rose" print satchel

Zatchels exclusive “York Rose” print satchel

The event was supported by local York businesses Crumb Cupcakery who provided delicious miniature cupcakes for our guests and the Hebden Tea Company a small family ran business situated on the Shambles who provided Piña Colada and Earl Grey with Blood Orange tea infusions for guests. Any summer soiree would not be complete without strawberries which were kindly provided by Sweet Eve Strawberries.


Cupcakes provided by "Crumb Cupcakery" and strawberries by "Sweet Eve Strawberries"

Cupcakes provided by “Crumb Cupcakery” and strawberries by “Sweet Eve Strawberries”

Guests enjoyed a tour of the store and introduction to Zatchels collections presented by the store retail team. On departure they received an event goody bag which included a Zatchels leather barrel bag, nail polishes by Ciate, Cosmetics by Rituals and snacks by Pop Chips.

The Zatchels brand new retail store comprises of 1000 sq ft of retail space which is styled with a modern heritage feel and opened on Friday 25th April 2014 within the popular shopping destination of The Shambles in York.

With buildings dating back to the late 14th and 15th century and a mention within Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086 The Shambles in York are one of the most preserved medieval streets in the world and a popular shopping destination with a high footfall. It also makes the perfect location for Zatchels that has become synonymous with celebrating the best of British design and manufacturing that is exported successfully around the world.

Zatchels Store, 18 The Shambles, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LZ

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May 21, 2014

Zatchels Unveil York Boutique Store

Zatchels continue to go from strength to strength and we are pleased to let you know that we have opened two brand new stores this month. Starting with our boutique store within The Shambles, one of the most famous streets in the historic city of York, and quickly followed by an outlet shop at Freeport in Braintree, Essex.  These two new stores are just one part of our UK and global expansion plans, and compliment our two existing retail outlets at Westfield London and at our HQ in Leicester.

The Exterior of Zatchels York Boutique Store

The Exterior of Zatchels York Boutique Store

This brand new Zatchels retail store comprises 1000 sq ft of retail space which is styled with a modern heritage feel and opened on Friday 25th April 2014 within the popular shopping destination of The Shambles in York. This boutique store is a perfect mix of classic antique fittings and crisp contemporary finishes including a 12 ft vintage counter and traditional glass display units. The York store carries a full selection of Zatchels mainline collections of handcrafted leather bags and accessories for women, men, and children.

Interior View of the Zatchels Boutique Store in York

Interior View of the Zatchels Boutique Store in York

An Interior View of the Zatchels Boutique Store in York

An Interior View of the Zatchels Boutique Store in York

It is also the first opportunity to see Zatchels new branding which will be rolled out across all areas of the business between now and the 1st August. Featuring a simple, yet bold fox motif that celebrates the company’s manufacturing base and heritage in Leicestershire.

An Interior View of the Zatchels Boutique Store in York

An Interior View of the Zatchels Boutique Store in York

With buildings dating back to the late 14th and 15th century and a mention within Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086 The Shambles in York are one of the most preserved medieval streets in the world and a popular shopping destination with a high footfall. It also makes the perfect location for Zatchels that has become synonymous with celebrating the best of British design and manufacturing that is exported successfully around the world.

Zatchels Retail Stores

Zatchels, 18 The Shambles, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LZ

Zatchels, Ground Floor, Westfield London, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GF

Zatchels Outlet Store, Freeport Braintree, Charter Hill, Chapel Way, Braintree, Essex CM77 8YH

Zatchels Factory Shop, Charter Street, Leicester, LE13UD

May 9, 2014

Behind the scenes: Men’s Collection Photoshoot

To celebrate the launch of our new Men’s Collection we thought we would give you a behind the scenes look at our latest product photography shoot.

Our photographers fit perfectly with the Zatchels brand with their open plan studio housed in a converted old school building – we love being able to make use of this amazing space to create just the right styling for our bags.  Plus a real added bonus is to be able to hang out with Ron the resident studio dog for the day.

Setting up for the shoot - Ron the studio dog - Products being prepared for photography

Shoot Set-up – Zatchels Menswear Collection

With our new shapes and styles for menswear all made from beautiful tonal leathers, the team behind the shoot really wanted to do the bags justice by getting exactly the right lighting and look. As the bags are made from softer leather they require more preparation and attention to position them just so. This often takes positioning ourselves at rather odd angles and some careful positioning.

Each setup can vary but with an average of 10-12 shots taken until we are happy with the angle, colour and overall look and style, you see how much time and detail goes into just one finished image. With 12 products to shoot, 5 group shots as well as close detail shots  it all adds up to an intense day of shooting!

William behind the scenes shooting angle backpack shots up on a step ladder.

Getting just the right angle is not always as easy as you might think!

These images were also used for our recent menswear launch at our Zatchels’ Press Day at Westfield London where the likes of Luxury & Accessories Editor from The Telegraph viewed the collection alongside a host of bloggers and stylists, as well as being able to visit the new location for the Zatchels store which is now on the ground floor next to other premium fashion brands.

behind the scenes backpack group shots

Zatchels Menswear Range – Group Shots

So far our new menswear bags are proving popular across all of our stores, press and online with one International customer buying three of the bags immediately on the first week of launch. When you see the pictures from our shoot you can see why they have been such an instant hit.

Damson leather backpack detailed close up shot

Zatchels – Damson Leather Backpack

This blog post is just a little insight into what we got up to on our Menswear shoot, so if you have enjoyed this glimpse behind the scenes? Why not shop the full menswear collection at

The three men's messengers bags

Group Shot – Zatchels Messenger Bags

Finished detailed shot of the three men's portfolio cases

Details of the leather men’s portfolio cases