Brompton Bicycle and The Cambridge Satchel Company champion British design and craftsmanship in new collaboration
Brompton Bicycle, the manufacturer of the iconic folding bike, announces a new collaboration with The Cambridge Satchel Company. The British brands share a passion for design, function and fun, and both companies are achieving global success through their handmade products.
Brompton Bicycle’s in-house design team have worked closely with The Cambridge Satchel Company team to develop three stylish leather satchels in three colours: Lagoon Blue, Turkish Green and a new colour, Oxblood. All the satchels integrate with Brompton’s front carrier system, fitting neatly to their bikes. In addition, Brompton Bicycle have created a special edition bike in Gloss Oxblood and Ivory which showcases the Oxblood satchel.
The two companies founding stories both, although decades apart, come from the inventiveness and inspiration found at the kitchen table. The Cambridge Satchel Company was founded in 2008 by Julie Deane, out of a challenge to find a classic style satchel for her children to take to school. In the last eight years, the company has grown rapidly, from first production in Julie’s Cambridge home, to an award winning international business.
Similarly, Brompton was founded in 1975 by Andrew Ritchie, who worked from his London flat opposite the Brompton Oratory to design a bike for modern city living. Following significant success in the UK, the Brompton brand has grown internationally over the last decade. Under the leadership of CEO Will Butler-Adams, Brompton now exports to 44 markets. Both Julie and Will have been heavily involved in the collaboration’s success.
Will Butler-Adams OBE tells the story: “I took over as Brompton CEO the same time Julie started The Cambridge Satchel Company. We have both been focusing on quality and the craftsmanship behind our products ever since. We set ourselves the challenge of producing a bike and satchel that were perfect for traveling in the modern city, while having a unique stylish look.”
Julie Deane OBE, Founder & CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company added: “You can’t think of Cambridge without thinking of cycling and that’s why I included a bike as a central part of our logo when I created The Cambridge Satchel Company. I’ve known the Brompton team for a while as our paths often cross and it felt right to work with them as our first collaboration with a bike brand. Brompton share the values true to us – practical and fun products, made right here in the UK.”
The Cambridge Satchel Company Brompton Bicycle comes with the Oxblood satchel and is available as an M3L model, with a brown Brooks B17 saddle and the main frame finished in Gloss Oxblood and frame extremities in Gloss Ivory. The special edition bike, including matching Oxblood satchel, is £1400 RRP. All Cambridge Satchel Company Brompton satchels come with a 15-inch integrated Brompton frame, two storage compartments, buckle fastenings in Boston Nickel and a co-branded logo, and are available individually at £195 RRP. All products are available through Brompton Junction stores, selected Brompton dealers worldwide and The Cambridge Satchel Company’s five UK stores and global website – www.cambridgesatchel.com