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Christmas Review 2017: Zatchels Leather Messenger & Backpack Bags

It’s difficult sometimes trying to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything, so when Zatchels kindly sent us two of there beautiful bags to review we thought these were the perfect gift, here is out thoughts:

Elaine from our team has always been a fan of these style of bags and was really keen to review both of these Zatchels, Elaine said: “I’ve never been more excited than I was when Zatchels send over two of their beautiful leather bags and as a huge fan of this range I could hardly wait to remove both bags from their cardboard packaging.

Inside each of the two boxes, neatly packaged in cotton, bottle green drawstring bags were the Winter Smoke Messenger Bag and the Iced Coffee Leather City Backpack both of which are made from the finest detailed leather.

Winter Smoke Messenger Bag

I really liked this bag – made from soft, pliable black?/dark grey? leather it’s an absolute classic and one that everyone would enjoy wearing.


With enough space to fit in most documents or even your iPad, this single gusset bag is a perfect size for work or play and with it’s cross body straps and fully closed front you can rest easy as you face the morning rush hour.

Measuring w: 39.5cm x h: 25.5cm x d: 8cm this classic bag is a must have essential and one I’d love have in my collection. Suitable for both men and women this classic, sturdy, leather messenger is a must-have for everyday use.

Iced Coffee Leather City Backpack

This beautiful, iconic satchel takes me back to being a nervous 5 year old heading off for my first day at school carrying my schoolbag on my back.

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Jumping forward a good few years I’m still carrying my bag on my back but now it’s called a backpack and this beautiful leather bag, with its detachable shoulder strap, ticks all the boxes.

Made from the finest quality leather this bag, unlike the messenger bag, is really firm and will probably soften with frequent use. With two pockets, a full sized one at the back and a smaller around ¾ size to the front, there should be sufficient space to carry your daily bits and pieces.

The backpack closes at the front with two silver coloured buckles which I found really stiff and difficult to open – again regular use will probably soften them and as they are the only way to get into the backpack be prepared for the initial stiffness.

The only disappointing thing about this gorgeous bag is that there are no pockets inside (or outside) for my mobile phone, pens or zip close for personal items and in order to find what I’m searching for I’ve to resort to emptying my bag. Does it put me off this bag? – Absolutely not!!

Zatchels are beautifully made, high quality leather bags for both men and women that will hold their shape and give years of use. Not only that but you can also have your bag personalised, adding the owners name, or initials for that personal touch or a secret message hidden inside the bag.”

These bags would make wonderful gifts for special friends or family this Christmas and are available online from Zatchels.

Would you like to find a Zatchel under your Christmas tree?  You can contact us using our social media icons or the comments section below.


  1. Jay
    May 11, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Hi, Could you tell me the colour of the zatchel backpack in this article please? The article says it’s chestnut but chestnut on zatchel’s website looks very different. This looks more like iced coffee?


    • UTCT Team
      May 14, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Hi, Thanks for getting in touch about the Leather City Backpack. We can confirm that the colour is Iced Coffee – there was a mistake in the review.

      UTCT Team

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