So it was VERY exciting (and lovely and thoughtful), when my very generous parents bought me one for my Christmas present (all of my christmas hints must have worked!). Thanks mum & dad!
There are loads of satchel makers out there, but I knew I wanted to use The Leather Satchel Co - a satchel maker who has been in business since the 1960s (so they know their stuff!). They hand-craft each satchel to your exact requirements & each one comes with a 5 year craftsmanship guarantee .
As I'm planning to use this bag for a very long time, I thought it made sense to get it exactly as I wanted it!
So I ordered a 14" satchel in London tan leather (it looks quite orangey in some of these photos, but it's a really rich chestnut brown). I got them to add a briefcase handle and change the traditional straps to magnetic fasteners (much easier to get in and out, but still looks lovely!). Also, because I couldn't resist, I asked for my name to be blind embossed across the front. Super indulgent, yes, but I love it!
It took less than two weeks from ordering to delivery, which is pretty good considering it's all made by hand! Currently the leather is quite stiff, but it'll age really well & the leather will soften up. I LOVE IT.
The size fits my laptop perfectly & is big enough to fit in an A4 pad (just! If you wanted to carry a folder you'd be better sizing up). My only issue is that I'm used to having a wee zip pocket for my keys & phone, and it's a bit weird just throwing them into the bag (there is a big front pocket, but I feel weird about putting keys in there). Still, that's a small gripe - I think I just need to get something zippy to hold my valuables.
Satchels start at £80+ when ordering directly from the workshop, but you can also buy them from ASOS & amazon (good when they have sales on!).