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Coach Handbags or Purses-What's All the Fuss About?

Updated on September 9, 2013

I've been carrying around a purse for the last 40 years and I have yet to carry around a Coach handbag. I just haven't seen the appeal. Why would I want to carry around a purse that has "C's" all over it? I know you can get Coach handbags that do not have the "C's" but then how would anyone know it's a Coach? I just don't find them that particularly attractive with or without the alphabet splattering.

I decided to try to figure out what the attraction is.

  • It appears that carrying a Coach handbag is a sign of sophistication. I personally haven't witnessed anyone that carries one being any more sophisticated than anyone else.
  • It appears that they are made with quality fabrics, leather, and hardware. Well, there are other purses or handbags that are as well that are much more attractive. Brahmin's Toasted Almond collection comes to mind.
  • The thing is, with so many imitations and replicas, can anyone really tell who is walking around with a really Coach purse and who isn't? I decided to research how you can tell the difference between an authentic Coach handbag and a replica.

Coach handbag
Coach handbag

How To Tell an Authentic Coach Handbag from a Knock-off

If you're intent on buying a Coach handbag, then you at least ought to get what you pay for. You need to know how to tell an authentic Coach purse from a replica or knock-off.

There are few specific features of the Coach purses that allows you to distinguish them from the replicas.

  • Watch for sloppy stitching or crooked patterns. Authentic Coach purses are always well stitched and patterns generally starts from the middle of the purse.
  • Familiarize yourself with the feel of the finish an authentic Coach purse. Imitations do not have this same feel to the finish.
  • Coach purses are made from quality leather. Replicas are generally made of fabric or cheaper low quality leather.
  • Check out the zipper. Coach always uses best quality zippers and always pay attention to its even very small details. A cheap zipper is a dead give-away.


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      Sheene Kirlew 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I just love the logo, I don't know why you hate the Cs so much! I love bags- especially those by Coach. I was drawn to your hub to see just what could make you not like Coach bags! I enjoyed reading your article, though- very light and fun, (I just went and hugged my Coach bags). Great hub!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL...Paradise, please buy two or three, or 20! LOL I think you should buy one for everybody!

      Rope, it sounds like Coach has a great refurb policy. You may actually talk me into buying one, but it sure won't have the C's. I'll have to find a plain one.

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      The Rope 8 years ago from SE US

      KCC - just how do you keep pinpointing my weaknesses? I personally love Coach bags but there's an underlying reason. You NEVER have to replace them. Send a bag to coach that you've had for 20 years - forget all the pen marks and the scratches, don't even worry about the hanging hardware that got ripped off - they will refurbish the bag for free! It comes back looking like new. I'm not a label girl myself either but I am a value girl and this is just a great value - beautiful, supple leather that makes you feel on top of the world and never pay again. Mind you I don't have a $300 bag but I do own a couple of $150 bags bought in my more flush times and I just wouldn't give them up - the style I picked out will go on forever (or until I get too old and look stupid carrying anything but an "old lady" bag). :)

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love to shop, and online, and I love purses,so this is a very dangerous hub for me to read. I read it anyway; I couldn't resist. BUT! I promise only to click around and NOT to use the old credit card. You temptress, you!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I'm not necessarily opposed to the brand, it's just not even an attractive brand. A cute repetitive design is one thing, a but a bunch of C's...??? My last name even begins in C and I don't want C's all over my purse.

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for this hub. I never saw the appeal in walking around with a branded purse or a brand on my back side!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I agree, sandwichmom!

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      sandwichmom 8 years ago from Arkansas

      I don't get the hype on most designer bags. Many well made purses can be purchased for less than eighty dollars.