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This is a NYC Coach Metropolitan Style Briefcase or Attache. The Coach Creed has the registration number 012-5105 stamped on it. According to the Coach experts, the use of 3 numbers and a dash with 4 numbers means the bag was manufactured in the late 70s to mid 80s.

I have Coach Catalogs from 1981 through 2003 and the earliest 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 2015 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

Black, British tan, burgundy, flannel grey, mocha, Navy, Tabac"

Condition:

This briefcase is in a slightly distressed condition. The bag is structurally sound. However, it has a small separation on one end of the main interior compartment . Aside from that there are no rips, tears, or holes. However, the back of the case has some heavy scratches and scuffs. The front flap has some darker spots. In addition, there are pen marks under the front flap and some stains on the interior of the bag. [ See collage photos for these issues] The 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. The leather is supple and a beautiful British tan tone. I have conditioned this bag with a product known as leather CPR and it has enhanced the suppleness of the leather.

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.

We do have a very similar Coach Metropolitan case in better condition at a slightly higher price. You can see it if you link here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/494477065/holiday-sale-coach-metropolitan-style?ga_search_query=metropolitan&ref=shop_items_search_3

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

Football Days Sale Coach Metropolitan Style British Tan Leather Briefcase Attache Laptop IPad Carrier -Slightly Distressed- Made In The Unit

$112.50

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: Supple British tan glove tanned leather, Solid brass hardware, Brass turnlock closure, Brass strap rings and strap clips, Adjustable detachable leather strap, Gusseted pocket under flap, Laptop friendly, 16 inches L x 11 H x 2 and half inches W, Great gift
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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