The Cambridge Satchel Company is opening pop-up stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month, following the launch of its flagship store in Covent Garden in October.
A single-storey 883 sq ft store will open on George Street in Edinburgh on November 8 and a two-storey 1,921 sq ft store on Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow on November 15.
“It’s time we establish a bricks and mortar store retail presence in Scotland as we have so many Scottish customers,” said Julie Deane, founder and chief executive of The Cambridge Satchel Company. “Ecommerce is important, but it’s hard to get that amazing leather smell online.”
The stores will be open seven days a week until Christmas and will stock a range of the company’s bestselling collections, including the classic satchels, ‘batchels’ [a satchel and briefcase hybrid], music bags and the new men’s range. Both stores will offer exclusive in-store collections and an in-house embossing service.
The company may look to extend the lease if the pop-ups prove successful.
The Cambridge Satchel Company currently has two permanent stores in operation: the new 3,239 sq ft six-storey flagship in Covent Garden, which houses two floors of retail, a showroom and offices; and a 581 sq ft store in Cambridge, which opened in June 2013.
A third store, also in Covent Garden, is due to reopen in early 2015 with a new concept, which is yet to be revealed.