March 10, 2010

A Suitable Replacement

I became enamored of the Proenza Schouler PS 1 handbag a long time ago but knew it wasn't in the cards for my budget any time soon. Unwilling to pursue a blatant knockoff, I channeled that enthusiasm more generally to the category of vintage leather satchels. Recently I decided to take the plunge and bid on one from the Coach of yesteryear, on Ebay. I knew I loved vintage Coach leather so it seemed like a safer bet than going with a stiffer, shinier contemporary version in the realm of my budget.
I was pretty pleased when I received the result. While it was more worn than I anticipated, I grew to appreciate the aged leather. The cross-body strap makes it an idea purse for quick errands or dog walks.
It's certainly no PS1 but it was also only 1/100th of the cost. Shown with a Zara coat, Old Navy cords, and Tory Burch flats.

5 comments:

robina said...

i have been searching for the perfect vintage leather satchel too! (for like the last six months, since i lost an auction for one on ebay.) i personally love the really worn, soft ones.

Rosa said...

that is such a cute satchel!

cc said...

It looks great!
What are the shoes in your second picture?

Carole said...

Vintage Coach bags are the best and I really like yours. I have a couple and they look good with nearly anything I wear. You might be able to take your bag to a Coach store and get them to recondition it for you, Jess. I haven't been inside a Coach store in some time, but when I used to go, they were always asking me if I'd like to have my bag "freshened up".

Carole

Jesspgh said...

Hi Ladies! Thank you for your comments and for reading!

Robina, let me know what size you are looking for and I can be a second set of eyes. :)

Rosa and Cc, thank you! The shoes in the second picture (in the middle) are Steven by Steve Madden Director Pumps. They were the lower heeled knock offs of ChloƩ ones.

Carole, I agree that vintage Coach leathers are fantastic! I might try to see if they'll recondition them but it is so old and I paid so little that I feel sort of funny asking for that level of service. It is a great tip, though!

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