Hamilton question

MJ8798

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Nov 24, 2012
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Those of you with the hamilton bags, do you ever undo the lock and make the opening bigger? I'm looking at a used one but the key doesn't come with it......idk, it's the exact bag I've been looking for but with no key (the lock is on the bag) don't know if I wanna pass on the bag cause of a key, or just go ahead and buy it without the key.
 
Sep 18, 2014
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I think it doesn't look good on the hamilton without the lock. if you loosen it you can't have the lock on. Depending upon the price (it would have to be very low) the key may not be a necessity, its really your call. If the bag is anymore than $150 I probably wouldn't get because you can find one for that price or just a bit more with the lock and key. Good luck
 
Jul 23, 2013
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I never unlock mine. I personally don't think unlocking it gives that much more room, plus without the lock the straps just kind of flop around awkwardly. Just my opinion.
 
Jul 9, 2014
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The only time I remove the lock is when I put my Hamiltons in their dustbag for storage so the weight of the lock doesn't pull the leather down.

In regards to size, I feel the bag is large enough as it is. If I was to remove the lock during use I would probably be scared of loosing it.
 

Miss Krys

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I always left the lock on my NS Hamiltons unless they were going to be stored. Go into a MK boutique and ask a SA if they would be able to order you a spare key...I've always found them to be friendly and accommodating in these situations (LV could take a lesson lol)
 

ubo22

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I haven't tried carrying my n/s Hamilton totes without the lock yet, but I did experiment with taking off the lock and expanding the bag. When I took off the lock and unhooked the belt, I just replaced the lock on the bare hook and then pulled the bag open as far as I could. If I ever need to carry it this way, I most certainly will be carrying it by the short handles as a tote. Therefore, I tried nesting the loose belt ends under the upright short handles and the short handles seemed to hold the loose belt ends in place pretty well.

I would suggest getting a replacement key if you can. You can call MK directly for a replacement if your bag is still in warranty. I've already ordered extra locks for both of my n/s Hamilton totes, one in gold and one in silver.
 

ubo22

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How did you go about doing this? The MK customerservice I spoke to said they only replace the lock if damaged/lost/stolen?
I just called MK repair and told them I needed a replacement lock. They asked for my bag's serial number to verify it was still in warranty and then mailed me the new lock.
 
Sep 18, 2014
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Going to Michaelkors.com and calling or emailing about a lock and/or key does work even if you are out of warranty. I got my first hamilton from TJMaxx without a lock, and the lady asked for the serial # in the purse and stated it was out of warranty but would still send me a lock and key. I would suggest trying that and if the first person doesn't work try someone else, they have very good customer service, but they will verify its a legitimate MK which is only right.
 

ubo22

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I did unlock once just out of curiousity. But I never wear mine without the lock.
I don't think I would ever wear mine without the lock either. I think it looks best with the lock. I would just unhook the belt, expand the bag, and then re-attach the lock to the bare hook.
 

MJ8798

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Nov 24, 2012
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Thanks you ladies for your input and advice. I decided to go ahead and meet the person selling it and to my surprise the key WAS there and she didn't even know it. I double checked to see if it really was authentic and it is. So I went ahead and got it. For only $100!!! loving my new hamilton bag with the silver hardware : )
 

ubo22

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Jan 14, 2011
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Thanks you ladies for your input and advice. I decided to go ahead and meet the person selling it and to my surprise the key WAS there and she didn't even know it. I double checked to see if it really was authentic and it is. So I went ahead and got it. For only $100!!! loving my new hamilton bag with the silver hardware : )
OMG, what a great deal!!!!! Please post pictures when you get a chance.