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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