Bought at a high-end thrift store for $9 – is it an authentic Dooney & Bourke?

Hi Paula,

I bought a Dooney & Bourke purse at a thrift shop for $9. I’m fairly certain it’s authentic. I’ve been reading online on your website about how to tell if a Dooney & Bourke purse is authentic. The thrift store is very close to the wealthiest part of town (actually near the wealthiest part of the state) and most donations come from that area.

Would appreciate a 2nd opinion on it!!
Even if its fake, I will get my $9 out of it. 🙂
Thank you for your time!

photo 1 photo 2Oh yeah Andrea,

Even from these two photos, it is easy to see that this is an authentic Dooney & Bourke bag from the Vintage Collection.

This came in several sizes, the regular size which this one appears to be, and is called the Vintage Satchel. There is also a Vintage Mini Satchel and a larger version called a Vintage Shoulder Satchel.

Here is a Mini at 10″ x 6″ x 5″

862-B710-vintage-mini-wheatcedar-1And here is the Vintage Shoulder Satchel at 12 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ x 5″


If yours is 11 3/4″ long x 7″ high and 5 3/4″ deep, then it is the Vintage Satchel which retailed in 1996 for $295. It has Burnt Cedar Trim so its product number is B729

Those loops at either end are where you would attach the shoulder strap so you could use this as a shoulder bag, cross body bag or carry it with its handles like a satchel.

Good find !


All British Tan Dooney & Bourke Vintage Carrier All Weather Leather Handbag

Some people call Dooney & Bourke Carriers mini-briefcases because of the cool handle on top. The versatility of this bag makes it very popular. You can carry it, hang it on your shoulder or wear it cross body.

The Carrier number is 701 and when a bag has British Tan trim, the designation is R in front of the number.

So this all British Tan Carrier is R701.


British Tan Carrier

Vintage British Tan Carrier


All weather leather bags are vintage, that is, they were made 20 years ago or more. But this bag is also Vintage for another reason. The design element on the front flap designates a design style within Dooney & Bourke called “Vintage”. So this is truly a Vintage Dooney & Bourke with a capital V.  You will see the Vintage design element on other handbags as well as on wallets.


Dooney & Bourke Vintage design element