Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite your own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

Close
You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.
Close

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

Coach Skinny Tote- Rare NYC Mocha Leather Bag- Manufactured At 'The Factory' In New York City U.S.A.- A Piece Of HIstory

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.
Favorite

Description

This Skinny Tote is pre-creed which means the stamp inside simply says "COACH' in raised letters and does not have the Coach Creed espousing the virtues and characteristics of its leather or a registration number. It also means was manufactured by Coach no later than the 1960's. It was eventually assigned Style No. 9546. It is listed in the earliest Coach Catalog I own which was issued in 1981. This is what the catalog listing says about the Skinny Tote:

No. 9546 Skinny Tote. $110. Closed tote with mid-length straps can be carried on or off the shoulder. Outside coin purse is leather covered;leather lined. Large extra pocket inside. Brass industrial zipper. Black, Mocha, Tabac, Saddle, Burgundy, Navy, Putty.

Dimensions:

Length: 13 inches

Height: 12 inches

Width: 2 inches

Condition:

This bag is in good condition. It has no rips, tears or holes. It is structurally sound. However, it has scratches and scuffs from the encounters it has had over the last 50 plus years. These add to the character of this bag bestowing a charisma on it and those who carry it.

THE FACTORY

This bag was made in the NYC Coach Factory which means it is in the class of the most sought after vintage Coach bags. Coach no longer produces bags in the U.S.A. and the Factory is gone. The quality of the bags manufactured at the Coach NYC factory and the skills of the leather workers who produced them was memorialized in a book released in 1977 entitled "The Factory". My copy is lying next to this bag but is not for sale. You can see from the Coach catalog listing in the collage (photo #5 above) that a copy of this publication was offered for sale by Coach in 1981 for $2. Here are some excerpts from 'The Factory':

"The factory occupies two floors of a 12 story building in downtown New York City and employs about 125 members of the Pocketbook and Novelty Workers Union Local No. 1 AFL-CIO. It is the Coach Leatherware factory, and the people who work here make bags and belts out of leather and brass.

****************************************************************************************

Looking around the factory, out of town visitors are always struck by its rich ethnic mix. Like a microcosm of the City itself, every race, creed and national origin seems to be represented. In addition to 2nd generation New Yorkers, both black and white, there are Italians and those of Italian descent, Poles and those of Polish descent; likewise, Germans, Hungarians, Lithuanians, and Russians - as well as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and a number of other Hispanics from Central and South America.

*****************************************************************************************

Here in New York City we have recruited workers from what is undoubtedly the world's largest pool of skilled labor, and this has enabled us, over the years, to choose from the best in each category.

*****************************************************************************************

"The leather goods industry is a highly competitive one. If Coach bags and belts have enjoyed a certain success in this field, it is precisely because they are made in New York City by those people whose skill, energy and quick intelligence make it possible to turn out a quality product at a fair price. [ The Factory: Portrait of a Leathergoods Factory in Downtown New York City; Pictures by Jeremy Lezin- Words by Miles Cahn; July 1977]

If you like this vintage Coach bag and want to see similar leather products from Coach and other reputable manufacturers at a fraction of the original cost, please visit our shop ProVintageGear at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear
This Skinny Tote is pre-creed which means the stamp inside simply says "COACH' in raised letters and does not have the Coach Creed espousing the virtues and characteristics of its leather or a registration number. It also means was manufactured by Coach no later than the 1960's. It was eventually assigned Style No. 9546. It is listed in the earliest Coach Catalog I own which was issued in 1981. This is what the catalog listing says about the Skinny Tote:

No. 9546 Skinny Tote. $110. Closed tote with mid-length straps can be carried on or off the shoulder. Outside coin purse is leather covered;leather lined. Large extra pocket inside. Brass industrial zipper. Black, Mocha, Tabac, Saddle, Burgundy, Navy, Putty.

Dimensions:

Length: 13 inches

Height: 12 inches

Width: 2 inches

Condition:

This bag is in good condition. It has no rips, tears or holes. It is structurally sound. However, it has scratches and scuffs from the encounters it has had over the last 50 plus years. These add to the character of this bag bestowing a charisma on it and those who carry it.

THE FACTORY

This bag was made in the NYC Coach Factory which means it is in the class of the most sought after vintage Coach bags. Coach no longer produces bags in the U.S.A. and the Factory is gone. The quality of the bags manufactured at the Coach NYC factory and the skills of the leather workers who produced them was memorialized in a book released in 1977 entitled "The Factory". My copy is lying next to this bag but is not for sale. You can see from the Coach catalog listing in the collage (photo #5 above) that a copy of this publication was offered for sale by Coach in 1981 for $2. Here are some excerpts from 'The Factory':

"The factory occupies two floors of a 12 story building in downtown New York City and employs about 125 members of the Pocketbook and Novelty Workers Union Local No. 1 AFL-CIO. It is the Coach Leatherware factory, and the people who work here make bags and belts out of leather and brass.

****************************************************************************************

Looking around the factory, out of town visitors are always struck by its rich ethnic mix. Like a microcosm of the City itself, every race, creed and national origin seems to be represented. In addition to 2nd generation New Yorkers, both black and white, there are Italians and those of Italian descent, Poles and those of Polish descent; likewise, Germans, Hungarians, Lithuanians, and Russians - as well as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and a number of other Hispanics from Central and South America.

*****************************************************************************************

Here in New York City we have recruited workers from what is undoubtedly the world's largest pool of skilled labor, and this has enabled us, over the years, to choose from the best in each category.

*****************************************************************************************

"The leather goods industry is a highly competitive one. If Coach bags and belts have enjoyed a certain success in this field, it is precisely because they are made in New York City by those people whose skill, energy and quick intelligence make it possible to turn out a quality product at a fair price. [ The Factory: Portrait of a Leathergoods Factory in Downtown New York City; Pictures by Jeremy Lezin- Words by Miles Cahn; July 1977]

If you like this vintage Coach bag and want to see similar leather products from Coach and other reputable manufacturers at a fraction of the original cost, please visit our shop ProVintageGear at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(426)

Payments

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.
•Payment: Payment may be made by credit cards accepted by Etsy or by Paypal. The permissible methods of payment will be offered when you place the item you select in your cart. Sales taxes are assessed for Michigan residents.

Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
•We do our best to describe each item but please feel free to ask questions . All items are pre-owned and are vintage. All items are AS IS meaning they may not be perfect or may have defects. We do miss things from time to time so please scrutinize each photo with the zoom feature and let us know if you see something we don't have in the description.

•If for some reason the product you receive is not what was pictured or there is a substantial defect not mentioned in the description we will refund the purchase price and our shipping charge if you return the product.

IT'S THE REAL THING PLEDGE. If we sell it, it's the real thing. We guarantee it's the real thing or you get your money back including your delivery costs we this pledge:

GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC OR ALL MONEY BACK. We understand there are counterfeits and knockoffs of vintage products by well known manufacturers for sale all over the internet and in other market places. We use multiple procedures to assure the products we sell are authentic. One procedure we use is to research authenticity through vintage manufacturer catalogs and to report our research in the listing. Sometimes we include a snippet from the catalog to corroborate our research and educate you about the history of the bag. The purpose of reporting what the manufacturer says about its product in the catalog is to verify our research on the authenticity and to educate you about how a vintage product was portrayed in the past. It is not intended to hold our shop out as a representative of the manufacturer. However, if it turns out we are wrong or our research is not correct we guarantee that if we sell you a product represented to be manufactured by a reputable company like Coach, Cole Haan, Ghurka, Filson, Christian Dior, Hartmann, Gucci, or any other company and you have competent evidence that the product is not authentic we will refund your purchase price and delivery cost. In addition, we will pay for return postage.

Shipping policies

•Shipping costs are based on USPS Flat Rates for Domestic or International. We pass on the discounted rate Etsy gives us to our buyers. If you would like different shipping we will agree to provide the shipping you specify at the rate we are charged. If you purchase more than one item we are more than happy to combine shipping and pass on the savings to you.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. We use the USPS International Shipping service for international shipping. On international shipments the buyer is responsible for any tariff or customs charge. A tariff or customs charge is not a shipping charge but a tax imposed on the buyer by his or her country and the buyer is responsible for determining what that charge may be and for paying the tariff charge.

Coach Skinny Tote- Rare NYC Mocha Leather Bag- Manufactured At 'The Factory' In New York City U.S.A.- A Piece Of HIstory

Ask a question
$159.00
Don't wait. There's only 1 of these available.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: Supple Mocha Leather, Exterior brass and leather Kisslock purse, Mid length leather handles, Interior zippered pocket, 13 inches L x 12 inches H x 2 inches Wide, Industrial brass zippered closure, Made in The Factory NYC, Coach Style No 9546, Book The Factory not included
  • Feedback: 426 reviews
  • Favorited by: 21 people
  • Gift message available
This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

Shipping & returns

Get it fast! Ready to ship in 1–3 business days.
From United States
Shipping upgrades available in the cart
Returns and exchanges accepted
Exceptions may apply. See return policy

You may also like

What’s wrong with this listing?

The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly.

If you’ve already done that, your item hasn’t arrived, or it’s not as described, you can report that to Etsy by opening a case.

Report a problem with an order

We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns.

If you’d like to file an allegation of infringement, you’ll need to follow the process described in our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

Review how we define handmade, vintage and supplies

See a list of prohibited items and materials

Read our mature content policy

The item for sale is…