It’s exceedingly rare that I peruse a fashion retailer’s new arrivals and think to myself, “Whoa, that’s a good deal.” Even when it comes to contemporary designs, bags usually look more or less as expensive as they are, and when they don’t, we try to document the fashion world’s rare good values in as much detail as possible. Yesterday afternoon, I found one that deserved a shopping alert all its own: the new Cambridge Satchel Poppy Top Handle Bag.

Cambridge Satchel’s bags almost always look more expensive than they are because the brand uses smooth leather and sticks with structured, classic styles, which are relatively uncommon at a price point that often embraces softer, slouchier bags that appeal to younger, more casual shoppers. Those market tendencies can make finding a sophisticated leather bag under $250 a little tricky, but Cambridge Satchel is always a reliable source, and this new top handle is the brand’s best effort yet.

The bag is medium-sized and unlined, which would make it a solid, lightweight work bag as long as you don’t need to carry files or a laptop. In addition to the generously sized top handle, the bag also has a removable shoulder strap, which ups its versatility and also makes it feel a bit more modern. Right now, Shopbop has it in stock in both traditional black and deep burgundy for the immensely reasonable price of $195.

Cambridge Satchel Poppy Top Handle
$195 via Shopbop

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Cambridge Satchel Poppy Top Handle
$195 via Shopbop

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  • Yazi

    Not bad at all at that price point. Thanks for posting about this.

  • Jerri R

    These bags look like LV could slap its logo on and sell them for a few thousand, and people would eat them up

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