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This is a Coach Putty Leather Envelope Portfolio. The creed stamp states it was made in New York City. It has number 293-7623. Coach originally marketed and named this bag a portfolio but as time went on it's pretty clear Coach knew this was much more flexible than a simple portfolio. In its 1989 listing Coach noted this could be used as a purse or a tote. Large totes are very popular among female attorneys for a carrying case in court or for conducting other business like depositions. I don't get to use one of these but my wife is an attorney and she says this style works well because it has enough room for a lot of books and files, the files are easily accessible and it has storage pouches for pens pencils and cell phones. Coach was certainly aware of this when it listed this bag in its 1990 catalog:

No. 5190 envelope portfolio. $176.

Woman are finding the softer, less structured appearance of this legal sized brief ideal for much more than business. Spacious enough for a day's worth of work yet trim enough to function beautifully as a purse or a tote. There's plenty of room for newspapers, files or even your shoes. The envelope flap has no closure so it adjusts smoothly to cover the bags contents. An inside zipper pocket keeps keys, coins and wallet handy and secure. The mid-length straps are long enough to wear over the shoulder. Dimensions: 16 1/2" x 11" x 3 1/2". Black, British Tan, Burgundy, Flannel Gray, Mocha, Navy, Putty, Red, Tabac shown on page 2. Pictured in Putty. [ See Collage photo 5]

Condition:

This bag is in good used condition. It is structurally sound and has no rips, tears or holes. However, like most bags over 25 years old this bag has some wear. In addition this bag has some blue and red ink pen marks. Two of the marks are on the body of the bag under the flap and the other is on the side of the bag. It also has the typical scuffs and scratches you expect of a bag this age. Please see photos.

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". Although commissioned by the owners of Coach, it is a testimonial to the skill and diversity of their work force 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]

If you prefer a different style vintage bag, I have many in stock and you can see it at my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear

Football Days Sale Coach Envelope Portfolio Putty Leather Briefcase Tote Laptop Ipad Case- Made at 'The Factory' In New York City- VGC

$143.10

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: Supple putty glove tanned leather, Solid Brass hardware, mid length leather shoulder straps, room for newspapers, 16 and a half inches Long by, 11 inches High x 3 and a half inches Wide, Inside zipper pocket for keys, change and wallet, Suitable for 15 inch lap top, Made In NYC at The Factory
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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