What can you tell me about my $7 bag?

Hi Paula,
I recently developed a fascination with Dooney & Bourke bags after getting a duck bag for Christmas. One day I went to my local swap-meet and found a Dooney & Bourke bag for $7.00 dollars I was not sure whether to buy it or skip it, I figured if it was fake I only paid seven dollars. I did some research on the bag on one of your pages and I think I might have a authentic bag. From the research I did I think I have a (AWL) drawstring bag from the early 1980’s. The bag has a solid brass fob with a stylized backward D and A, all the stitching is one color a soft yellow and all the hardware is brass, no discoloration on it. The bag feel’s good and thick, what I am concerned about is that the bag has no registration tag inside. Also the inside has no pockets the inside material is like a suede or something. I hope you can help me out figure it out.
Thank you,
Front of AWL bagD&BDuckBottomInside of bag 2
Front of bag
HI Maggie,
Good going girl ! For $7 you did indeed purchase an older drawstring bag, made before the red, white and blue labels were sewn inside.
I’ve never seen the counterfeiters able to duplicate the quality and workmanship of an authentic Dooney and I don’ think any of them have attempted the padded strap !
I thought both of your leather keepers were missing but then I saw one slid up by the strap.
Although you didn’t send dimensions, yours is probably the Small Drawstring. Here is an example of a Medium Drawstring and when you click on the photo, it will take you to a page with more photos and details including showing the keepers I was talking about.

Did Dooney & Bourke ever make a leather purse like the Coach Station bag??

Paula,  Do you know if Dooney & Bourke ever produced a leather purse just like the Coach Station bag??  This would have to be wayyy back in the beginning I would guess, as there is no identification in it, but it has the inside pocket configuration as a Dooney AWL bag.  It also has hardware very much like Dooney hardware.  Any input would be great!

I just didn’t know if you were familiar with the extremely old Dooney styles or not, didn’t want to waste your time otherwise.  I know when Coach first started out, they had very little identification in their bags, and some all you had to do was remove a small tag and you would never know it was Coach.  I didn’t know if that could hold true for Dooney too.

I know they never produced this bag in AWL or after that,  but I didn’t know if they ever did BEFORE then, maybe when they first started making bags in the 70’s??  What makes me wonder is the inside pockets, quality and hardware.  I am VERY familiar with Dooney bags, and actually am a local designer purse authenticator.  The purse caught my eye because I first thought it was a Coach Station bag, but it is not, but I started thinking Dooney after looking at it more closely.  The three photos are the only things I think would help unless there is something I am not thinking of.

Thank you for your time, and if you don’t know, that is fine.  I didn’t know if you had resources that went back that far, or if every single purse Dooney put out since day one was labelled.  Maybe it is pre-green sewn in tags??   Do you know when they first started using the multiple pocket flap in their purses???  I don’t know of any other high quality brand who uses them.


DSCN1034 DSCN1035 DSCN1036Hi Michelle,
I don’t have any catalogs that go back this far, that is, as you suggest, pre-green tag days.
It certainly looks like it could be a smooth leather bag before they perfected their famous pebbled All Weather Leather.
The only bags I have seen from the very early era were made of very stiff bridle leather. like this one.
Your bag looks thick and soft, almost like glove leather.
I really can’t offer anything definitive but my gut feeling is that it is a Dooney & Bourke bag.
Perhaps another reader has seen a bag like yours and can offer more information.

Is this eBay Dooney & Bourke authentic?

Hi Paula,
I recently purchased a “vintage” Dooney and Burke satchel on eBay auction. When it arrived everything seemed on point but there was no tag inside at all. I contacted the seeker as their post said authentic and she said there was none because it was a vintage bag and there were no counterfeits imitations back then….which to me sounds a little fishy since browsing your blog and website. The quality too good to be a counterfeit but I would like your opinion.
Thank you,  Bisseh

1 2 3 4 5 6 7Hi Bisseh,

First a bit of terminology tweaking. The term “satchel” usually refers to a bag that has handles rather than a shoulder strap. Here is an example of a satchel

642-R29-ziptop-classic-firbt-frontWhat you have is a shoulder bag called an “Over & Under” from the Equestrian and Tack Bag Collection.

The Over and Under bag was one of the first ones produced by Dooney & Bourke so there are those out there that do not have the sewn in tag and they have the old DB fob rather than the duck fob which came later.

Here is an example similar to yours, click on the photo and it will take you to details.

406-palobt-frontLater the same bag was made with the sewn in Dooney & Bourke Made in USA tag with registration number on the back and a duck fob. Here is an example of the later Over & Under bag. Click on it and you’ll see there are very few differences other than those I mentioned between the early tagless bags and the later tagged bags.

556-ou-R50-taupebt-frontBottom line? Yours looks good to me ! Paula

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

20130907_163625-1 resized

20130907_163816 resized20130907_164246-1 resized20130907_164851 resized20130907_164032 resizedHi Joy,

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.