I love your extensive blog regarding the Dooney and Bourke bags. However, I am still unable to figure out if the bag I have my eye on is authentic. I recently decided to purchase an AWL bag from ebay. I want to believe that it is authentic. I have not committed to the purchase yet. Would you please help me confirm the bag’s authenticity?
The bag is an AWL satchel that is an off-white pebbled cream leather with a tan-brown handle. I am uncertain about this bag because the handles are tan-brown instead of dark-brown. I am not very knowledgeable about how to spot fake bags. Would the color be an issue? Also the Dooney & Bourke tag has been snipped, which I believe you indicated that it was perhaps sold as an overstock or as a defective product?
I do have photos provided by the seller if you would not mind taking some time to examine them as well.
Thank you for taking the time to help fellow Dooney and Bourke AWL lovers!
Thanks for your question and photos.
In terms of asking me a question related to a handbag you are looking at on eBay, there are two issues. One is timing. You might be looking at a bag that closes in a few days but I write up articles on the blog only 2-3 times a week and usually there are 10-20 questions waiting in the queue. So by the time I answer, you have either bought the bag or passed it up.
The second issue is that I am the manager of the Dooney & Bourke store at horsekeeping.com where we sell authentic vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather leather bags. We hope you shop with us where you know you will be getting an authentic bag!
But on to your 3 questions and my answers in blue.
1. Would you please help me confirm the bag’s authenticity?
It appears to be authentic. It is missing the shoulder strap.
2. Would the color of the handles be an issue?
To me, the color of the handles is appropriate – the Vintage style element, the piping and the handles are all British Tan.
3. Also the Dooney & Bourke tag has been snipped, which I believe you indicated that it was perhaps sold as an overstock or as a defective product?
Yes, that usually indicates a second, a defective or overstock bag. In some instances, counterfeiters use the shredded tag technique to confuse buyers. Usually there are other features that show a bag is counterfeit. But in this case, the bag is authentic, just a second/defective.