Coach Classics: Leather Shoulder Purse

Coach’s Classics line, long available online at at many other locations across North America (including Toronto’s Yorkdale store) finally made its way to the Bloor and Avenue Road location.  There was a “preview” for the line a couple of weeks ago when author and TV host/judge, Gail Simmons was in town, promoting her new book, Talking With My Mouth Full (more on that at a later date).  These bags, which come in a wide range of styles, are re-issues of original designs and made with original hardware.  Most of them are lighter-weight than current bags and made with a much softer leather.

Bag worn with straps

  • Dress: Banana Republic Mad Men Joan Sheath, size 00P (SOLD OUT in both Canada and the US)
  • Shoes: STUART by Stuart Weitzman, size 5

 

Bag as clutch:

  • Dress: RW&Co., size XS
  • Sash: from above Banana Republic dress
  • Shoes: STUART by Stuart Weitzman, size 5

I have been debating between the leather shoulder purse and the Madison satchel since seeing them online and at Yorkdale a while back.  I also wanted something that wasn’t a “classic” colour – not black, camel/tan, brown or white.  I eventually settled on a lime green shoulder bag.  I don’t really have anything in that size and the bag can also double as a clutch (got to love removable straps), making it versatile and travel-friendly.  The bag also fits one’s essentials – a decent sized wallet, keys, phone and lipstick – but can be a little tight, depending on how much you generally put in the bag.  Of course, if you’re going to be using it as a second bag in a tote or shopper, then it’s okay.

Closer look at the bag

What it can fit

If you want to use it as a clutch, I would not recommend it for more formal occasions unless you’re looking for something plain to offset a very elaborate outfit.  It’s really something one might take, say, to drinks or brunch with friends.  Also, I would recommend either the lime or the reddish-orange vermillion for the pop of colour.  These bags are available at select Coach stores and online for $198 US/CDN.

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz


Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.