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This is a fabulous designer bag made by the Roche company which is artisan company that sells their fabulous bags through the Craftsman marketplace of Art and Wine Festivals and upscale Craftsman Art Festivals. This bag is one of their earlier designs produced in the mid to late 1980s. It is a beautiful piece made with incredible workmanship and materials. This bag has a removable shoulder strap so the purse can be a hand held bag if desired or a shoulder bag. It measures 9 and 7/8 inches wide and 7 and 1/2 inches tall. The length from top of hand held handle to bottom of bag is 8 and 1/2 inches. The length from top of shoulder strap to bottom of bag is 26 inches. The gusset designed accordion side expands to 4 inches. The smell of the leather is intoxicating. A fabulous bag, a total art piece.

From the Roche website:
Our outside leather is a vegetable tanned topgrain cowhide similar to saddle leather. The color is drum dyed into the leather for full color penetration. It is embossed to our specifications at our English tannery using our own embossing plates. To accentuate the texture a pigmented topcoat is applied to the leather after the embossing. This topcoat helps to protect the leather and gives it a lustrous finish.

Our lining and binding leather is made for us in the USA. We use a soft but sturdy chrome tanned cowhide that we have treated with a protective colorfast finish. The leather we use for straps and gussets is often referred to as motorcycle leather and is similar to the lining leather but thicker and tougher. Greg's wife Sara was a fiber artist for years before she married Greg. She is responsible for the three-color combinations we use on our bags and they show her artistic touch. We use lambskin for the decorative binding because it is available in fashion colors. Since lambskin is softer leather, it is more vulnerable to abrasion. If your binding starts to show wear, use a permanent marker to touch it up. Any art supply store should have a marker that will match the color. See our section on leather care for application tips.

In 1972 Greg and Gayle went to New York looking for hardware for their new line of purses. They found an elderly Hungarian man in a little office in the empire state building.

He turned out to be an expert on purse hardware and had samples of the best Italian hardware of the past twenty years. With his contacts they were able to have small quantities of custom hardware made for them alone. We choose our hardware based on it's beauty, functionality, and durability. It's not unusual for us to see a bag that has been used over twenty years with its original hardware still working. We feel confident yours will last as long.


Our first custom hardware the flip is simplicity itself. Use the flip down for ease of use or up for extra security. Available in gold/nickel or matte titanium.


Vintage 80s MINT ROCHE Designer Radically Red Leather Bag


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: red leather, craftsman made, quality hardware, designed by roche, fabulous
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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