February 2020

Nash Bond has secured a store in central Oxford for The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Advised by Laurie Stokes, the British handbag and accessories brand has agreed a new lease with landlord Oxford City Council on 21 Broad Street. The store opened earlier this month.

It joins the brand’s growing portfolio, which comprises its flagship in Cambridge, Seven Dials in London, Grass Market, Edinburgh and Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.

The 600 sq ft sales floor has a series of rooms including a drawing room, a library filled with antique leather-bound books and a high-ceilinged atrium. The building also features two rooms for seasonal customer events and hosting VIP guests of the brand.

“The new shop will do well given Oxford’s international tourist appeal and strong local demographic,” Laurie says.

It houses the full collection from satchels to totes plus an exclusive Oxford Blue range.

“With our hometown of Cambridge, we have always had an affinity with university cities,” said Julie Deane, CEO and founder. “Just a stone’s throw from Oxford’s famous colleges and the Bodleian Library, the location of our new shop makes perfect sense to us. We were thrilled to discover what a rich history our shop has had in Oxford history – previously being a leather shoemaker and a leather-bound book specialist dating back to the early 18 Century. We are absolutely delighted to be a part of this historical city.”