A satchel is a structured women’s handbag, often crafted from leather with hardware that secures the straps and closure. Satchels may be worn across the body, like a crossbody bag, carried over the shoulder, or by hand.
Satchels generally differ from handbag styles such as the hobo bag or shoulder bag, in that they have quite a bit more structure, sometimes enough to stand upright on their own. There is no slouch to a traditional satchel bag. Its rigidity may come from its rectangular or triangular construction with a flat bottom, or from its material, which is usually a stiff leather. Some satchels resemble mini briefcases, while others have design elements that give them a more feminine handbag look. Satchels range in size from small to oversized, and have one or more straps for different carrying options.
Satchels were originally designed for men. A men’s satchel is essentially a briefcase/messenger bag hybrid. It has the same functionality as a briefcase, with the comfort and convenience of a messenger bag. Women eventually adopted the style for toting books, which is why some think of the satchel as a schoolgirl’s bag.
When you mean business! This style of purse doesn’t mess around. It’s not slouchy, floppy or carefree, and so its carrier loses any flighty pretense when she carries a satchel. A structured leather satchel is great for the office, especially in a size that accommodates laptops and files. Smaller satchels are a great way to dress up a jeans and blazer outfit. And a classic black satchel is a nice, conservative accessory to pair with a dress, for say, tea with the queen (who, btw, loves a classic satchel).