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

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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 10 people

This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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]

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