Hi! I'm Linda and my daughter, Emily and I have been collecting vintage Coach leather bags for a couple of years. Our knowledge has grown greatly with our collections. We did not realize how many bags that we collectively had until we shot the photo above. We had no idea! It didn't seem like we bought that many...
But we did. We each have our favorites. We keep many and we also sell them. We upgrade our collections often and also buy bags that are duplicates of our favorites to offer for sale. We usually restore, condition and clean our bags before we offer them for sale. I will straight up tell you that Emily spends more time and is more meticulous at restoration than I am. I covet patina so you'll find Emily to have pristine bags and mine to be more time worn with patina. Emily is a much more prolific collector than I am and she is the expert.
You can find Emily's bags (for sale) available in her Poshmark store HERE.
My Coach bags (for sale) are located in my vintage purse collection HERE.
This is us with one of our tortie rescue cats. Her name is Quinn Lucia Tortilla. She likes Coach bags too.
This blog post / guide will be an ever-growing article. We will add to it as time allows. When we discover a rare bag or a new color we will certainly revise this post and add it. We will not however cover every bag ever made by Coach. We will focus on the vintage leather bags that we like most. The bags that we will feature will likely not have an interior lining. We love Bonnie Cashin and will try to share as many of them as we can get our hands on...affordably.
This guide will not be in chronological order, alphabetical order or in any kind of order at all. Just sharing the bags that we love and what we have learned about them. If you wish to leave comments, please do. I cannot answer them easily due to the way that Shopify has our blogs set up. I am looking into installing Disqus on my website so that we can have a running discussion thread. They charge for that service so I will wait until this post has some sizable content.
If you have questions, please post them. Often times I will have to ask Emily to answer because she has the extensive knowledge. She is a college student so sometimes we'll have to wait until she's available to get a good answer.
Since this is a mother/daughter effort, you will notice a difference in writing styles. Emily is much better at it than I am. You'll soon be able to tell who is talking to you in each paragraph. So let's get started!
The City Bag was the first vintage coach style that I collected. It is a classic purse with a flap and a turn lock. There is an exterior pocket on the back that I love to keep my keys in. Never get lost! Under the flap is another slide in pocket. Inside you'll find a zippered pocket with the creed. No lining as it is with all of the vintage Coach bags that we collect. Suede interior that is actually the back side of the leather.
City bag measures 11 1/4" wide by 8" tall and it is 3 1/2" deep. It has a long cross body strap with a buckle that allows you to adjust the length. I have 9 of them in various colors. It comes in more. Super bag that holds quite a lot and is a comfortable shape that hugs your hip.
STATION BAG #5130
We recently found this rare pristine Red Willis. It's available on my website HERE.
WILLIS CITY Bag # 9153
COURT BAG #9870
DUFFLE SACK #9085
The Plaza is Emily's Favorite bag.
Often called the "Slim Tote" The Skinny Tote is my favorite bag. It was made in the 1970s. It was designed by Bonnie Cashin and was a take-off of a bag that she designed before her association with Coach. That bag was called The Cashin Carry. It has the kiss lock coinpurse on the outside and a slip in pocket inside. The zipper is one of the highest quality zippers ever made a Tallon in solid brass.
KISSLOCK WATERMELON TOTE
The Earlier bags such at the two above have a very high end, well made zipper by Talon. My cobbler was so impressed with these zippers.
THE SWINGER DOUBLE KISSLOCK BAG
MINI BELT BAG
SLIM EQUESTRIAN BUCKET BAG
Often called "the Taco Bag" Has one interior pocket with the creed. Measures 8 1/2" long by 2 1/2" wide at the base and 6 1/2" tall. The Shoulder strap is 51 1/2" long.
COMPANION FLAP # 9076
CRESCENT SADDLE BAG
Genuine black full-grain leather with solid brass hardware. Adjustable strap. Large pocket inside. 10.25” x 9.5” x 2 7/8”
RAMBLER'S LEGACY #9061
EMMIE # 9018
COMPACT POUCH #9620
SADDLE POUCH NYC
CHESTER (CANTEEN) #9982
Made in the USA in the 1980s. Genuine full-grain leather with solid brass hardware. Adjustable crossbody strap. In excellent condition, very minor scuffing on the corners. Unlined suede interior. Super sturdy bag that will last a lifetime. 9.5” x 9.5” x 2 3/4”
Usually Made in New York City, USA in the 1970 through the 1990s. Genuine full-grain leather in British Tan with solid brass hardware. Adjustable strap.
This style came in two sizes.
The larger measures: 10.5” x 8.5” x 2.5”
The Smaller measures: 9” long x 6.5” tall x 2.75” deep
GEOMETRIC CONVERTIBLE CLUTCH #9044
Authentic Vintage Coach Geometric Convertible Clutch Crossbody Bag no. 9044. Genuine black full-grain leather with solid brass hardware. Original hangtag attached. Crossbody strap snaps on on the inside of the flap and is detachable. Approx. 10.25” x 5.25” x 2” with a 20” strap drop.
TRAIL BAG #9965
The beautiful pastels of Coach!
How to read the Creed
How spot a fake
Maintain Your Leather
A Brief History
Leathers and where they were made/ manufacturing