The Cambridge Satchel Company Wins Infringement of Intellectual Property Case
Julie Deane and her company The Cambridge Satchel Company stopped a copycat in their tracks.
The Cambridge Satchel Company was started back in 2008 by Julie Deane and her mother, Freda Thomas. The two were looking for a way to pay for Julie’s children’s private school intuition. School, as we all know can be really expensive. The enterprising Julie re-designed the classic school book satchel into a chic, mouth watering must have item.
I remember one fashion week where I saw people carrying the Cambridge Satchel in hot pink. I immediately fell in love and began to pine and yearn for it. It just said, “Wear me! Wear me now!”
But I digress. Back in 2010, when people were clamoring for the bag, Julie got in contact with Leicester Remedials & Sewing and they entered into a contract where that company would create the bags to fulfil the public’s needs. Leicester Remedials & Sewing in turn hired Zatchels, another company to help with the work.
All was going smoothly, Julie thought, but there was skullduggery afoot. Savvy fashion bloggers found that the other companies were not only making the satchels for her, they were making copies of them. Now, imitation may be a form of flattery, but stealing someone else’s work is not. If the design is registered, as Julie’s was, trouble will follow. In 2011, Julie filed suit against against Leicester Remedials & Sewing for infringement of Registered Designs.
And she just won! In a press release, Julie stated, “I set up The Cambridge Satchel Company in 2008 to create good quality, handmade, British satchels to fund my children’s education. Since then we have been overwhelmed by the support for our brand and the loyal following we have amassed. I want to raise awareness of the misconduct that has taken place and to assure our customers that we will stick to our principles and continue to create the best products for them. Despite this negative experience, The Cambridge Satchel Company remains committed to manufacturing in the UK.”
Now when you buy a bag that says it’s from the Cambridge Satchel Company, you can rest easy knowing it’s the real thing.
The moral of this story is, never mess with a mom.
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.