Cambridge Catalyst Issue 08 Newsletter


Blitz your gift list this Christmas with these innovative and interesting independent brands

The best presents are things that will be treasured for years to come, which is why watches are such an eternal favourite for those looking to give an extra-special gift that stands the test of time. For a timepiece with a Cambridge spin, check out Oxbridge Watches: a luxury brand officially licensed by our city’s famous university, which would make the perfect gift for an alumnus this Christmas. Each Oxbridge Watch comes with its own unique serial number and each one is hand-assembled in the UK. Elegant and intricate, the watches feature an innovative Bremont Trip-Tick construction method, encasing the highly accurate and celebrated BE-92AE automatic chronometer in polished stainless steel . They’re also available in a variety of different colourways to reflect the recipient’s taste or the college they attended, making them the perfect, personalised present. If you’re sold on the idea, you can nab £100 off a watch by using the code OWXMAS2020 at the Oxbridge Watches website.  THE GIFT OF TIME


Local entrepreneur Julie Deane started Cambridge Satchel Company at her kitchen table in 2008, with the goal of raising enough funds to send her son to a better school . The idea – to make traditional satchels inspired by leather school bags of years gone by – was simple enough, but the response was nothing short of incredible. Within weeks they were featured in The Guardian , Vogue Italia and on the arm of every fashion influencer worth their salt, with The New York Times calling the fluoro satchel the ‘Brit IT bag’. Timeless, brilliantly durable and beautifully made, these Cambridge- grown bags have only become more sought after in the years since, and we think they’d make an excellent Christmas present for a person in your life you’d like to treat. As well as the traditional satchels, the company now sells work bags, handbags, totes and backpacks, as well as more pocket- friendly gifts such as notebooks and purses. For something larger, check out the Treasure Trunk (£125). 

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