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Cambridge Satchel Founder Talks Mini-Satchels and Georgetown

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The Cambridge Satchel Company just came out with a teeny, tiny, 9-inch mini version of their blogger-fav leather bag, but the Cambridge Satchel-branded cookies at Cusp on Thursday might be even cuter than that. Printed in sugar with flouro pink and green satchels, the fancy tea biscuits were just part of the Brit-inspired decor for Cusp's meet and greet with Cambridge Satchel founder and designer Julie Deane, who grew the company from a hobby to a global enterprise. Cusp raffled off a British-flag emblazoned satchel, and any Cambridge Satchel Company purchase came with gratis embossing courtesy of artist Kate Rogal, who sketched customers' initials freehand.

Deane was on a quick jaunt to D.C. from New York, where she had meetings with fashion execs at Glamour, Nylon, and at J. Crew, including Mickey Drexler. Deane happily chatted and Instagram-ed with satchel fans at Cusp. "I love bloggers," she said. "Without them, I'd still be at my kitchen table."

Deane dished on a few upcoming styles, like a new Cambridge Satchel clutch, a satchel with two long straps, and of course, the Mini. She's also adding the company's logo on the bags' hardware, so shoppers know a real bag from a knock-off. It was Deane's first time visiting M Street, and she gushed about Georgetown. "The streets have such a sense of openness and such lovely atmosphere," Deane said, noting that reminded her of Covent Garden, where she opened The Cambridge Satchel Company's flagship store. What about a Cambridge Satchel store in the U.S.? Could that be in the works? It's a goal, Deane's team confirmed.

· Cambridge Satchel Company [Official Site]