Back to School 20% DISCOUNT!

Aaah, those little grumpy faces as they get on the bus back to school – and you can finally put your feet up!

Help them shake off those back to school blues with a special discount on school satchels this new term! Quote ‘back2school’ when ordering on our website, or visit us at one of our stalls to get a 20% discount!

This weekend we are at Middlewich Makers Market on Saturday 30th, and Chatsworth Country Fair until the 31st.

Offer ends Sunday 14th September.

 

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Grasmere Sports & Show

We were very honoured to be invited to the 164th Grasmere Sports Show at the bank holiday weekend! Luckily the lovely English weather held out long enough for us to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and to soak up the history of the show. Apparently, the show began as a place for wrestlers to scrap it out on the village green, eventually becoming established as THE place to compete for talented athletes across the North of England by the 1870s.

It was great to see that the annual show has stuck to its sporty roots, featuring tugs of war, egg and spoon racing, jester juggling, wrestling, and fell running. We had great fun chatting to both competitors and spectators, and it was fab to see some really interesting sports continuing to be held at this quintessential English sports show! It turned out to be one of the most unique events we have attended this summer! Oh, and we sold a few bags too….

Younique x

 

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The view along the way!
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Our stall
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Fell running routes… Phew!

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The beautiful view

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Mally the resident pig!

Autumn Reductions!

We’re getting ready for our exciting new Autumn/Winter range of satchels by having a bit of an Autumn clear out! Though we’ll be sad to say goodbye to some our bestselling Rowallan leather range, we’re confident you’ll all love our new collection to see you through the next few months!

We also have some very exciting news concerning our upcoming bespoke satchel range… So watch this space!

In the meantime, check out a couple of our favourite satchels that we’ve very kindly reduced in our online sale!

ROWALLAN LARGE BUSHMAN SATCHEL DARK BROWN
WAS £85, NOW £59.50

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Buy it here

ROWALLAN MEDIUM BRONCO SATCHEL DARK BROWN
WAS £90, NOW £63

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Buy it here

Autumn is on it’s way…

This weekend we are in the beautiful Lake District at the Grasmere Sports Show. We’re really looking forward to one of our last shows of the summer, and with the recent drop in temperature and darker evenings, it really does feel like Autumn is on the air. We’ve put together an Autumnal outfit to get us through this weekend’s show, pairing our gorgeous Bronco Rowallan bag with this really cute fox shift dress from White Stuff, and of course that country show staple – the Chelsea boot. Throw in a lovely Autumn coat from Toast for those chilly evenings and team it with a funky Fat Face scarf to brighten it up… Ideal for trotting across fields in Cumbria!

 

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The Grasmere Show is on Sunday 24th August from 10am. Find us in the traders tent and come and say hello!

Younique x

 

5 Things To Do With your Bored Kids in Manchester This Week!

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So the kids have been off school for weeks, you’re back off holiday, and things are getting a little bit stale… Well, here at Younique we have become an expert ear to the ground on all that’s happening across the North West! We have spent our summer driving the Younique van full of satchels up hill and down dale to attend some amazing events, and we love to keep up to date with what’s going on. So, we thought we’d share some tips to help alleviate that summer holiday boredom.

The weather has let you down, the kids are moaning, the shops are busy, and if you hear the word ‘muuuuuuum’ one more time you’re going to scream. Why not try something a little different over the next couple of weeks, and embrace summer’s last opportunity to enjoy that glorious British weather….

5. Save the urban bees with Manchester Museum
30th August 2-4pm, £3, Manchester Museum

Best for bored teens who want to get involved in a worthy cause – the Urban Naturalist bee walk offers participants a short walk through the city to find out about the iconic Manchester bee. Find out more about the plight of our bees and what they mean to the city of Manchester!

4. Fill your faces at Rochdale Feel Good Festival
29th-30th August, Rochdale Town Hall, FREE!

Featuring music frm Scouting For Girls and cookery demonstrations from the one and only Ainsley Harriot, who cares if it’s raining?! It’s free entry into this music and food festival, and events are spread over two whole days! Does what it says on the tin – makes you feel GOOD!

3. Invest in some art at The Northern Art Cabooty
24th August 12-5pm, Ancoats, FREE!

This family friendly art extravangaza puts a new spin on the traditional car boot, offering unique hand crafted art and design wares, vintage bric-a-brac, arty workshops for all the family, funky DJs, yummy food, and of course that summer holiday staple – the bouncy castle!

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2. Go on a Mission to Mars at Jodrell Bank
18th-22nd August, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, FREE event but normal admission applies

Perfect for budding astronauts! This drop in session gives kids the opportunity to visit Mars through a simulation of the Mars Rover. Navigate over alien terrain, solve some tricky tasks, and undertake important scientific experiments. Something tells me this will be fun for adults too!

1. Channel your inner famers at Chatsworth Country Fair
29th – 31st August, Chatsworth Estate, kids under 14 FREE, other ticket prices apply.

Feel like escaping the city and getting some green? The lads have pretended to be astronauts, this is when the girls get to fantasise about being a world famous show jumper! Featuring everything from pony rides to hot air balloons, there is something for every member of the family at Chatsworth – dog shows, craft workshops, falconry displays, cookery demonstrations, and even a spot of highland dancing! We will be trading our lovely leather Rowallan satchels at the fair next weekend, and we’re so excited to be a part of this countryside extravaganza!

Food for thought? We hope so! See you on Mars 😉

Younique x

Where Have our Satchels Been This Week?

Occasionally we like to take a day or two off here at Younique, and last weekend we took some time out to travel down to Somerset to attend a VIHD (…that’ll be a Very Important Hen Do). We had an aboslutely amazing time and somehow managed to squeeze a champagne tea party, farmyard frolics, and some hippy shaking into just 48 hours! Our first stop was the tiny city of Wells, where we were staying in a lovely B&B called Glengarth Guest House – a beautiful old townhouse situated just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Wells. Julie, the owner, was lovely enough to let us have the run of the house, and we had a brilliant time eating cake, drinking Prosecco, and playing hilarious games with the girls!

On saturday morning we donned our amazing farmer outfits to visit West Country Games in Bristol, whilst the hen sported a rather tasty looking pig onesie and answered to the name of Rasher for the morning. What an amazing day! From firing tennis balls at The Wurzels to wrestling in fat suits; we wanged wellies and had plenty of inflatable fun. The games were a cross between It’s a Knock Out and Worzel Gummidge! The hen got a good soaking at the end, and we all left with aching bellies from laughing so hard! And the pasty and cider picnic from the farm shop next door didn’t go unappreciated either…

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Topped off with a hippy themed dress up and some lovely pub grub at Godney’s quirkiest pub, The Sheppey, the weekend was a roaring success and the bride to be was given a thorough Somerset send off! Ooo arrgh!

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Come monday morning after everybody else had travelled back up North, we sisters were in dire need of some relaxtion, so we headed to Bath where we enjoyed two hours in the Spa, and an absolutely perfect cream tea at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms. Complete with cucumber sandwiches, scones and jam, and the TASTIEST victoria sponge we’d ever eaten, the tearooms provided the perfect setting for two tired gals in need of some respite! Bea’s is a beautifully quirky place situated just next door to the brilliant Fashion Museum, and just off the beaten tourist track. Expect plenty of nosatalgic music, a difficult tea choice, and service with a big smile!

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Of course, we wouldn’t have got through our weekend without our trusty Rowallan leather satchels, and they saw two Younique daughters and one Younique mother through everything from very muddy farm games to sophisticated cream teas…

Younique x

Normcore Style Inspiration with our Rowallan Leather Rucksack

So we’ve finally had some amazing new stylish leather rucksacks delivered to us, after being asked by many customers where they can find one. We’re loving the relaxed ‘normcore’ look at the moment and we know these beautifully soft Rowallan leather backpacks will fit right in with this style! We’ve teamed it with a pair of relaxed Topshop jeans, a cool tie front tee from Fat Face, and some chunky retro trainers from Urban Outfitters. Just add a 90’s style high ponytail and an over the top scrunchie bobble to complete this normcore outfit!

The Baltimore Rowallan leather rucksack is priced at £120, and includes a computer insert which fits most laptops, two front pockets, top handle, and double adjustable straps. Available as always at http://www.youniqueuk.co.uk!

Normcore Style with our Rowallan Baltimore Rucksack

The History of The Leather Satchel

It’s a question we get asked by our quizzical customers every time we do an event or a market – and although we always associate leather satchels with 1950s school children, we have no idea how, where, and why satchels became so popular across the world. So we thought we’d do some swatting up on the history of the fashionable leather satchel!

What did the Romans ever do for us? They gave us the rather trendy loculus – a latin word meaning ‘little place’. Like a leather envelope with a long strap, the loculus was the beginning of the leather satchel as we know it today. Perfectly sized for carrying their lunches in, all Roman Legionaries were kitted out with these useful little hard-wearing bags, and would carry them across miles and miles of terrain.

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It wasn’t long before the UK cottoned onto the usefulness of the Roman satchel, and evidence has it that Scottish monks as early as AD300 were using leather satchels to carry the word of God across the country. An indispensible tool for converting the masses, the satchels the monks used were specifically designed to carry their bibles through all weathers, and they began to form into the classic satchel shape we know and love today.

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Despite hundreds of years of practical use, the leather satchel never actually caught on as a fashionable item until the 17th century where it became associated with school children. Never one to miss a trick, Shakespeare helped the popularisation of the school satchel with a line from As You Like It;

“Then, the whining school boy with his satchel and a bright young face, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school”

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In the 1950s it was impossible to spot a school child without one – the leather satchel had become a staple for carrying books and homework to school. It’s hard wearing nature, classic style, and ideal size means it has stayed that way ever since!

Some of our favourite satchel wearers from popular culture include:

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The hapless Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled uses his leather satchel to carry Rapunzel’s stolen crown.

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Who could forget Alan from The Hangover?! “It’s not a purse, it’s a man satchel… Indiana Jones wears one!”

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…. Yes he does, Alan. Yes he does.

So there you have it, a potted history of the leather satchel! Just think about all the knowledge, wisdom, and iconic stories the leather satchel has carried across the world throughout history! As well as your lipstick, your purse, your keys…..

To get hold of one of your own satchels, check out our stylish range of traditional Scottish (not just for monks!) Rowallan leather bags at http://www.youniqueuk.co.uk.

Younique x