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Jun 23, 2012, 9:48pm   #1
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Around the price of coach, dooney, tory burch, kate spade... what do you guys think is the best leather? like a very thick, heavy leather.

I was pretty set on getting a tory burch robinson satchel but I've read on a couple threads here that there are quality issues with tory burch handbags...

Also at this point I think all the brands that I've mentioned above have moved production to China. I'm not against it but was just wondering if there are some made in USA or Europe brands at this price level. Thanks!
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Jun 23, 2012, 9:49pm   #2
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I'd suggest Rebecca Minkoff or Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Jun 23, 2012, 9:57pm   #3
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Although I'm not a fan, I've always thought that Coach has good quality.
Jun 23, 2012, 10:00pm   #4
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B. Makowsky has very thick, heavy leather. I like their bags! TJ Maxx and Marshalls always have some on hand for less than $200.
Jun 23, 2012, 10:05pm   #5
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For the money, Furla is an awesome bag
Jun 23, 2012, 10:05pm   #6
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I've purchased several great quality bags at great prices thanks to the Coach Factory online sales that keep happening over and over again. If you can get on their email list, they have started doing period sales fairly often. There's something for everyone, classic nice leather like the duffels which are incredibly sturdy and roomy, or fun and funky glam totes! I"m loving Dooney more and more these days too!!

IF you want a usa made bag, Libaire has wonderful leather bags, based in San Francisco. I own a backpack of theirs and it is really nice.
Jun 23, 2012, 10:06pm   #7
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Originally Posted by isabellam
B. Makowsky has very thick, heavy leather. I like their bags! TJ Maxx and Marshalls always have some on hand for less than $200.
For a while there B. Makowsky was having some quality issues, but I think the newest batch of bags is much better. There are previous threads about it on here, so if you buy one used online, be sure of what bag you are getting. But I love the soft squishy leather and cute styles.
Jun 23, 2012, 11:08pm   #8
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Originally Posted by scoobiesmomma
I'd suggest Rebecca Minkoff or Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Second this. Both have some great thick, smooshy leathers.
Jun 23, 2012, 11:42pm   #9
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Originally Posted by eehlers

Second this. Both have some great thick, smooshy leathers.
Love love Marc by Marc Jacobs crossbody bags... I think there are some pretty nice Kate spade and Michael Kors.
Jun 24, 2012, 12:02am   #10
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If you like the style, I think Kooba bags are great. I have the Zoey and it's a serious workhorse and the leather is great.

Also, Liebeskind has some good bags too.
Jun 24, 2012, 12:18am   #11
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I used to think Coach was good quality but after seeing the Poppy line I became not being sure what they cared about anymore.
My MIL gave me a D&B a few years ago and I was very impressed with their quality. Unfortunately it wasn't my style so I ended up selling on eBay. (Sorry, mom!)
Jun 24, 2012, 12:25am   #12
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Originally Posted by panduhbear
Around the price of coach, dooney, tory burch, kate spade... what do you guys think is the best leather? like a very thick, heavy leather.

I was pretty set on getting a tory burch robinson satchel but I've read on a couple threads here that there are quality issues with tory burch handbags...

Also at this point I think all the brands that I've mentioned above have moved production to China. I'm not against it but was just wondering if there are some made in USA or Europe brands at this price level. Thanks!
Her leather bags seem to suffer but not so much the saffiano line. Brahmin- croco embossed, ostrich embossed, saffiano, & soft leather. Dooney & Coach are good.
Jun 24, 2012, 12:48am   #13
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Check out Linea Pelle. Best leather of even some more expensive brands. Don't think they're made in the U.S, though... Also, I second the Leibeskind, made in Germany and good leather. I think Coach quality has suffered in recent years. Just my opinion.
Jun 24, 2012, 1:18am   #14
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Jun 24, 2012, 2:09am   #15
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Originally Posted by Jessi319
I've purchased several great quality bags at great prices thanks to the Coach Factory online sales that keep happening over and over again. If you can get on their email list, they have started doing period sales fairly often. There's something for everyone, classic nice leather like the duffels which are incredibly sturdy and roomy, or fun and funky glam totes! I"m loving Dooney more and more these days too!!

IF you want a usa made bag, Libaire has wonderful leather bags, based in San Francisco. I own a backpack of theirs and it is really nice.
I'd never heard of Libaire. Their leathers look awesome.

Thanks for the eyecandy.
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