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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bag envy

I am a huge fan of chic, classic tote bags that look timeless and have a rich look to them. I will preface this entry by saying that I was once a Coach canvas fan, and when I returned to R-MC I was considered weird for not having one on my arm 24/7 (I still have a small one I will use going to the movies, etc., as I am not afraid of putting it on the floor at this point). Anyway, the Coach Legacy collection is something you all have heard me discuss before. This time, however, I want to mention that my most recent case of bag envy stems from a men's tote, which I found via Esquire magazine. I love men's bags as they are normally tougher, use more leather throughout the product and weigh more (I like a bag with heft).

The bag I originally saw in Esquire magazine, and promptly tore out. I have been carrying it on me since Thanksgiving:
Photo by Weston Wells. Published in the October 2012 issue.

This bag is called the "Legacy Leather tote" and sells for $698. It no longer comes in this deep brown (whose patina I would guess is stunning over time) but sells on the Coach website in black and navy. Reviewers complain that it is heavy empty due to the fine leather worksmanship, so maybe that is why? I have a good messenger bag in black leather, so I will have to pass. Whomp whomp.

Well, I think I found a close second:
This bag is called the Bleecker Leather Saddle Tote. It is $898 retail. The color is Mahogany brown with brass hardware. I love the equestrian-style bit/dog leash clip and the fact that it could carry legal pads and files without issue.

Here is third place:

This bag is called the Bleecker Legacy Leather Weekend Tote. It is $658 retail. The color is mahogany brown with brass hardware as well. I like that this bag is longer/wider and has a nice drop on the handles (7"). Note how on the ad the price has clearly gone up in barely 2 years (also apparently male and female celebrities like this one a lot. Had no clue!).

What do you all think? Which is your favorite?

I'd also appreciate you reading my Twitter Mom (Lisa)'s post on her latest handbag adventure!

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27 comments:

  1. I love all of them! They are very chic, but the price point is a bit high for me. However, they are definitely bags you could have a lifetime!

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    1. I just feel like when I buy a cheaper bag, it dies within a year or two. It is definitely all about "lifetime" purchases for me now!

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  2. I would love a nice leather bag as an investment piece. Won't be happening anytime soon but maybe when I go back to school. I love the dark brown.

    I was just watching the Friends episode where Joey has the man purse :)

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    1. I think you definitely should do it when you go back to school - what are your plans for that?! Would love to hear. And omg, the Friends and the Seinfeld man purse episodes are always so funny!

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    1. I am so glad you agree! It really is handsome :)

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  4. I love these! I'm a big fan of the leather. It looks great and so chic!

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    1. I love the smell of leather. Is that weird? I just like investing in my accessories, you know?

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  5. Love the saddle bag. The bit detailing adds so much style!

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    1. It does add a neat detail to the bag, doesn't it?

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  6. It's too hard to choose! All three are fabulous and so classic and chic! Can't wait to see if you end up making a purchase. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  7. They are all gorgeous and all look so well made! I really like the shape of #1 but #3 looks so practical and like it can be used for so many things! I would have such a hard time choosing!!
    :)
    Allison

    A's Fashion Files
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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words. They are definitely beautiful bags and I am definitely having a hard time choosing one!

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  8. These are great weekenders for sure and the color is stunning.

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  9. I would love to throw the third one over my shoulder :)

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    1. It is a GREAT bag! Perfect for a getaway weekend bag.

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  10. wow!! they are such a gorgeous deep shade of brown you can't go wrong with any of them. great pics W! that legacy leather tote is amazing though. i breathed a big sigh of relief when you said the brown wasn't available anymore! :P LOL. can't wait to see what you get!

    xox P

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    1. I love the deep brown color, too, it is just so timeless and PERFECT for work/play.

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  11. i love the bag!
    I also love timeless chic bags!
    I find it so cool that it's actually a mens bag
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thanks lady! Glad you are with me that fashion knows no (traditional) boundaries.

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  12. Twitter daughter! Thank you! I have been SO SWAMPED at work that I only just saw your sweet note.

    I too love the Coach legacy designs, and this one you've honed in on is a classic example.

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  13. Sorry, typing too fast, THESE ONES. Yikes. I expect to return to normal at some point:).

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