Coach No. M1S-7789
This is a butter soft black leather Coach with polished silver hardware. It has a black interior, inside zipper, and outside back compartment. The front flap snaps with a magnetic closure and it has a 20 inch strap. This beautiful bag was thrifted in a "like new" condition for less than $2.00. Wow!
Coach No. M1S-7789
Here's another Coach, a vintage cross body Murphy bag from 1999. This a perfect bag for the woman who's on the go with enough room for everything she needs without the added bulk. You should travel light, especially if you're out and about shopping your favorite stores!
Coach No. E9P-9930
It's day 12 of our 30 Days/30 Bags challenge! Our featured bag is a Coach Legacy cross body which traveled all the way from New Jersey. How do we know? The receipt was still inside when we thrifted it in 2015 for less than $2.00. This bag is in mint condition, originally purchased for a total of $199.28 at Macy's in Menlo Park on September 5, 1997. I gifted Loris with the bag and it has become one of her favorites. It goes to show that your bags can still look great, even if they have a lot of miles on them.
Coach No. F7D-9801
Did you know that there was a Coach convertible back in the 80's? No. I'm not speaking of a vehicle, but If Coach had ever assigned its name to a car, it would have had the finest luxury leather interior that you could imagine. Actually, the convertible that I'm speaking of is a Coach Everett, a cross body bag which can be converted to a festival style mini back pack. This little beauty is large enough to hold your smartphone, ID, keys, and lipstick. Back during the 80's, it may have been safe to wear this bag as a back pack, but I would recommend wearing it as a cross body, unless you want someone to take your keys...and your car!
I've recently joined an online thrifting group and when I mentioned vintage Coach, member Leslee Shayd was quick to post a picture of a "few" items of her Coach collection including some that she's had since attending high school the 1980's. According to Leslee, she carried the duffle sac style her entire senior year.
"I'm a huge fan & collector of the classics. With the rich leather & genuine brass accents, they were made to last. All you have to do is show them some loving care.", she stated.
The bags she posted were in such great condition that I had to ask for tips on how to maintain Coach leather goods.
"I use a leather moisturizer & use an old white towel while cleaning & moisturizing. I then stuff bottom corners really well with old newspaper or tissue paper. I then store in cloth bag. You can also re-purpose some old pillow cases too for purse storage. While carrying, I try to make sure I don't spill anything near my bag or keep ink pens in my purse. An old toothbrush holder is just right for 2/3 pens. I'm surprised that it takes so little effort & your purse will look beautiful forever."
There you have it: tips from a connoisseur of quality Coach bags! I can only imagine what the rest of her collection looks like. I hope that she will be sharing more images soon!
Today's bag is a classic Coach Station bag. I don't know about you, but when I hear the word Coach coupled with the word station, I think of travel...by train in particular. So, lets travel back in time, to 1994, where you may have seen a young lady waiting patiently at the train station carrying this bag which is roomy enough for her ticket, identification, credit card, and tons of beauty essentials. With this black leather crossbody messenger, I'm sure she was travelling in the right direction.
Coach No. K4C-5130
In 2014, I published a short post on the poor quality of Nine West products and two years later, they're still cracking up and I don't find it funny at all. True, Nine West products are stylish and tempting to the average fashionista, but after a few wearings, most will be disappointed. I thrifted these sandals for $2.99 and at the time of purchase, they were in "like new" condition. Now that I've worn them maybe 4 or 5 times, take a look at the inside. The inside reads "Leather Upper" but the "Made in China" quickly cancels any hope of durablity. See for yourself. The only place I would feel comfortable in wearing a Nine West shoe is in a comedy club...where everyone's cracking up!
Did you know that Coach once had a serial number with an all number format like this: xxx-xxxx? There was no letter or number indicating the month or year that the bags were manufactured which means that my vintage black Coach leatherware bag made in New York City, USA is authentic with a serial number as unique as my social security number.
"When Coach added serial numbers to the creed in the 1970's they were "all numbers" in the format "xxx-xxxx" . The last four digits do not correspond to the style number, each bag had a unique number. Coach ceased making bags in NYC in the mid 70's before there was such a thing as fakes or knock offs. NYC bags are vintage and rare." ebay.com
RIP Bag #8
Another counterfeit was spotted in my vintage Coach collection and sadly has already gone to meet its maker, whoever that is. The creed states that it was handcrafted in the United States, but I seriously doubt that. According to tips for spotting a fake from ebay.com, I found that the first letter in Coach serial numbers is actually a code for the month that the bags are manufactured.
Read below and then take a look at the first letter of the Coach imitation posted in the slide show. S is not even a legitimate month code and this counterfeit is busted!
"The first digit was the month code, always a letter of the alphabet and supposed to include only A through M, although a few mistakes were made and a rare “N” might slip through. (The letter “i” was avoided because it was too easy to confuse it with the number 1"
Well, another knock-off has gotten knocked off which means it has been destroyed. Hmmh? That makes three bag funerals this week...You know what say, Death Comes in Threes".
Vintage Coach Legacy Soho Zip Navy Genuine Leather Hobo Shoulder Bag S1H-4161
Remember back in 1987, when we jammed to Alexander O'Neal's hit called "Fake"? On this track, he calls out females who lied about anything from their names to whether or not they were wearing weave. Fake eyelashes and colored contacts, anything other than natural seemed "fake" to him. But apparently, none of us ladies were too offended because it became one of his greatest hits.
Since O'Neal is an authority on what is fake, I wonder what he would say after hearing all the evidence on today's bag, I had doubts in my mind when I purchased it, but I loved the color plus it had the creed inside. At a price of $1.49, there wasn't really much to lose. Now that I'm somewhat of a kindergarten purse examiner, I see all sorts of red flags like uneven stitching, crooked creeds, and plain ole cheap squeaky material. It actually squeaks like a rubber duck when you squeeze the material and quality leather doesn't make that kind of noise. Further tips from ebay.com stated that there were a lot of questionable bags from the middle and late 1990's starting with the month code "J" particuarly bags with a J8P prefix and creed that says that the bag was Made in the United States. The J month code was a special favorite with counterfeiters but also used in authentic bags. Have them authenticated if possible.
After reviewing all the evidence, lets hear the ruling from Mr. O'Neal.
"You're a fake
you can't conceal it
Know how I know
'cause I can feel it."
Alexander Oneal - Fake Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Well, there goes another one!