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This is a Coach leather 'Handle Portfolio' in what I believe was a color known as 'saddle'. The Coach creed states It was made in New York City and bears registration number 739-8421. It is clearly distressed and beautifully worn.

This is a great bag to use for business or pleasure. It's large enough to carry a 16 inch laptop along with your files, phone and keys. It has a brass industrial zipper closure and an interior slip pocket. This is how Coach described the Handle Portfolio in 1981:

No. 5050 Handle Portfolio...... $110 [ $262.69 in 2016 dollars per the inflation calculator]

Serving either as a bag or a legal-sized portfolio, this Coach bag is appreciated by Executives of both sexes. There's an inside pocket and a brass industrial zipper. Black, Boca, Tabac, British tan, and Saddle

Dimensions:

Length: 17 inches
Height: 11 inches
Width: 2 inches

Condition:

This bag is in a beautifully worn condition. There is some tearing on the corners of the beading. the handles have some cracks in the leather. There is substantial scuffing and scratching. There are also some darker spots on the bag and a stain inside the bag. In spite of these beauty marks it is structurally sound and has many years of service left in it. Please see photos for the most accurate description of this bag and ask for more if you need them.

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 Handle Portfolio Briefcase Laptop Carrier In Burgundy Leather Made In The Factory In NYC-Beautifully Worn

$98.10

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: Supple saddle glove tanned leather, Solid brass hardware, Brass industrial zipper, Interior slip pocket, Padded handles, 17 inches L x 11 H x 2 inches Wide, Suitable for most laptops, Made in NYC in The Factory, Great gift
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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