Hi Beautiful People!!
Lately I have really been coveting the Legacy Collection from Coach handbags. The bags in this collection are classic with a modern update and for the first time I am seriously asking myself “is it ok to spend $300 or $400 on a leather handbag?” It is a rhetorical question that I do not have the answer to at this time.
As a way to quench the lust for a new/old Coach bag, I took my vintage black coach shoulder bag into a leather shop to be restored. It was very faded and needed to be reconditioned. A little background on this purse…I bought it in 2003 or ’04 at a little consignment shop in Manteno, Illinois that has since closed. The bag was $40, which was an absolute steal even at the time. So I grabbed it. Ever since I have been telling myself I am going to get it conditioned. I finally convince myself that I have the extra money and time so I get a recommendation and head to the One Stop Shoe Care store in Lafayette, Ca. I paid $20 less than another quote I received from a leather repair shop in the same area. Yay!
While I was in that area of the world I decided to stop by the Sun Valley Mall and take a look at the Legacy Collection at the Coach Store in person. OK, I was planning on going to the mall the whole time. I have to say the Legacy Collection did not disappoint. I will take one of each please!
I adore the Leather Legacy Duffle in Black Cherry ($348). Ladies, I am telling you this bag is divine. It is a little too large for my frame though. I don’t really need a bag this huge. Honestly, I would love a bag in between the medium and the Minnie size that goes for $198. But, I digress. I really love the black cherry color because it is closest to the wonderful red coach bags I remember from the 80s and 90s. I wish Coach carried more bags in this particular shade because it is gorgeous!
However, I think my absolute favorite is the New Willis in Carnelian & Brass. I want this bag and I am officially saving up to buy it. My very stylish and beautiful friend Raquel has the New Willis Colorblock in Navy/Ivory–it is absolutely gorgeous. She highly recommends it as just the perfect size purse.
As I started digging on the internet to try to learn more about the bag I just had reconditioned I found a lot of resources on how to determine authenticity of Coach bags. The best resource I found was a fellow blogger on WordPress. This post on how to authenticate a Coach bag is one of the best I have seen and has lots of photos.
Another interesting tidbit of information is that according to the blogosphere the Coach Stores really NEVER have sales. The old inventory goes directly to the outlet malls rather than goes on sale. Did I ever mention there is a Coach Outlet store at the Premium Outlet Malls in Vacaville Ca?