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Coach Metropolitan Briefcase In Sage Leather- Made in New York City U.S.A. Rare Color- VGC

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This is a rare NYC Coach Metropolitan Briefcase or Attache in 'sage' leather. The Coach Creed has the 'Leatherware' logo under COACH. The creed states the case was made in New York City U.S.A. and assigns registration number 303-6840.

In my experience, a Metropolitan Style New York City Bag is a fairly unique item. When you add the fact that the leather is 'sage' in color it becomes even rarer. Most of the briefcases from the N.Y.C. era in the market today are the older 'Brief Bag Style' briefcases with double brass turn lock closures and two small storage pouches immediately under the flap over cover followed by a large long compartment.While there are many Metropolitan style Briefcases on the market today, most of such vintage cases on the market were manufactured outside of New York City.

The earliest catalog listing I can find for the Metropolitan is in the 1987 Coach Holiday Edition Catalog which has this listing:

"Number 5180. 'Metropolitan Brief Bag. $222 ( equivalent to $471 in 2017 dollars due to inflation)

This handsome legal size case is a favorite choice among men and woman who shop our coach stores. They find its size perfect for business needs and its features ideal for travel or commuting. It has a roomy interior, a full length outside back pocket for newspapers and often used files, a gusseted pocket under the flap for bulky items, and an inside drop pocket for small items. The shoulder strap detaches, in the solid brass buckles tuck away neatly inside. Dimensions 16 inches by 11 inches by two and a half inches

Condition:

This briefcase is in very good condition. The bag is structurally sound. No rips, tears, or holes. The hardware works as intended. It's major flaw is the fade line but that is hidden by the flap. The color is consistent when the flap is down. While, the back of the case has some major scuffs and scratches, the front is in excellent condition. These scuffs and scratches are typical of a case as old as this case and all one need do is read the Coach emblem stating , scars, scratches and wrinkles are a natural characteristic of these vintage pieces to realize these are not out of the ordinary and simply enhance that aspect of the case. Please see photos for best depiction of condition.

This is perfect for the lawyer, professor or accountant who seeks to enhance their seasoned background with vintage gear. Something a shiny new briefcase cannot do.

New York City Bag Significance: This Coach leather bag is one of the most sought after Coach products by collectors because it is a "New York City Bag". These are some of the highest quality Coach products. "New York City" bags were made in the original Coach factory in New York City that operated from the late 1960's through the mid 1980's. Consequently, they are disappearing at an alarming rate and when you buy a New York City Coach bag you are buying more than an accessory, you are making a potential investment.

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
This is a rare NYC Coach Metropolitan Briefcase or Attache in 'sage' leather. The Coach Creed has the 'Leatherware' logo under COACH. The creed states the case was made in New York City U.S.A. and assigns registration number 303-6840.

In my experience, a Metropolitan Style New York City Bag is a fairly unique item. When you add the fact that the leather is 'sage' in color it becomes even rarer. Most of the briefcases from the N.Y.C. era in the market today are the older 'Brief Bag Style' briefcases with double brass turn lock closures and two small storage pouches immediately under the flap over cover followed by a large long compartment.While there are many Metropolitan style Briefcases on the market today, most of such vintage cases on the market were manufactured outside of New York City.

The earliest catalog listing I can find for the Metropolitan is in the 1987 Coach Holiday Edition Catalog which has this listing:

"Number 5180. 'Metropolitan Brief Bag. $222 ( equivalent to $471 in 2017 dollars due to inflation)

This handsome legal size case is a favorite choice among men and woman who shop our coach stores. They find its size perfect for business needs and its features ideal for travel or commuting. It has a roomy interior, a full length outside back pocket for newspapers and often used files, a gusseted pocket under the flap for bulky items, and an inside drop pocket for small items. The shoulder strap detaches, in the solid brass buckles tuck away neatly inside. Dimensions 16 inches by 11 inches by two and a half inches

Condition:

This briefcase is in very good condition. The bag is structurally sound. No rips, tears, or holes. The hardware works as intended. It's major flaw is the fade line but that is hidden by the flap. The color is consistent when the flap is down. While, the back of the case has some major scuffs and scratches, the front is in excellent condition. These scuffs and scratches are typical of a case as old as this case and all one need do is read the Coach emblem stating , scars, scratches and wrinkles are a natural characteristic of these vintage pieces to realize these are not out of the ordinary and simply enhance that aspect of the case. Please see photos for best depiction of condition.

This is perfect for the lawyer, professor or accountant who seeks to enhance their seasoned background with vintage gear. Something a shiny new briefcase cannot do.

New York City Bag Significance: This Coach leather bag is one of the most sought after Coach products by collectors because it is a "New York City Bag". These are some of the highest quality Coach products. "New York City" bags were made in the original Coach factory in New York City that operated from the late 1960's through the mid 1980's. Consequently, they are disappearing at an alarming rate and when you buy a New York City Coach bag you are buying more than an accessory, you are making a potential investment.

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

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Coach Metropolitan Briefcase In Sage Leather- Made in New York City U.S.A. Rare Color- VGC

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: Supple sage glove tanned leather, Solid brass hardware, full length outside back pocket, gusseted laptop size pocket under the flap, solid brass turn lock, detachable shoulder strap with lobster clips, 16 inches by 11 inches by two and half inches, Made in the Factory in New York City, 16 inches L x 11 H x 2 and half inches Wide, Great gift
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