Would the 1980s Dooney & Bourke bags be worth more than later bags?

Hello Ms Paula! Hope you are Healthy&Happy today. Thank you ever so much for the wealth of knowledge you are willing to share w/ us AWL D&B ladies out here! I so appreciate you. Question-Would 1981-1982 purses be of more or less valuable than the years following? I do believe both of these are 1981-82. I got the one for my 16th birthday and the other I acquired later. Would these be of more or less value than other years? Thank you in advance. Joy

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If there were three authentic Dooney & Bourke bags in a row and they were all in the same condition…….I’d say from the most valuable to the least valuable would be:

Early pre-tag DB Fob bag (such as yours) (made in USA)

Red, White and Blue, Made in USA bag

Contemporary reissue bag from the AWL collection (NOT made in USA)

That is if they were all in the same condition.

So yes an early pristine bag would be worth more than a later pristine bag and both would be worth more than the new AWL releases.

Your first bag, the white one looks nice !! The interior is clean and the British Tan is bright !!

But the taupe bag, with its soiled interior and darkened British Tan would have a greatly reduced value. So value is a combination of vintage and condition.

You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

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Paula

2 thoughts on “Would the 1980s Dooney & Bourke bags be worth more than later bags?

  1. For the Love of the Vintage Dooney!
    You are so right Paula! Value is a combination of vintage and condition. Condition includes all the aspects you have listed too. When trying to place a value on a beloved Dooney AWL piece, it becomes so important to take into consideration such conditions as odors as well (smoke or perfume devalues your Dooney to the point of being difficult to sell at all); also altering your Vintage Dooney in any way devalues your item. I find gals sometimes cut the end of the shoulder strap or even have the strap professionally altered by a leather cobbler. It’s great to have your Dooney fit you perfectly, however it does affect the value of it if/when you go to sell it. Just some Vintage Dooney thoughts!
    JoAnna

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