New Essex Bag – is this Counterfeit?

Hi Paula,

In searching for someone to send my inquiry to, I stumbled on your
website. It appears that you folks are D&B experts, so I hope I am
not being presumptuous in writing you with a question. I just bought
a “new” Dooney & Burke bag on eBay (before doing my research) and now
I am afraid that I bought counterfeit, because it was advertised as a
“new” Essex bag. To the best of my newly acquired knowledge, D&B does
not make this bag any longer? Further, the listing indicated that
there is a “Made in USA” label, but “no reg card.” I’ve attached a
photo, in hopes that you might be able to help me identify whether
this is an authentic D&B? Finally, I can’t find any reference to a
D&B bag being made of “Cabrio Leather.” I haven’t yet received the
bag, so I can’t take a photo of the label for you.

I would greatly appreciate any guidance you might be able to provide.
Thanks so much for your time.

best regards,
Michelle

Picture 1Hi Michelle,

First of all, I can’t say for sure if the bag you have is authentic or not from just this one photo.  As you mentioned it is supposed to have a Dooney & Bourke, Made in USA tag sewn inside.

Cabrio Leather is not part of the All Weather Collection which is what we feature and sell on our website. But Dooney & Bourke has had a CabrioLeather collection. Cabrio leather reminds me of the leather on the seats of vintage sports cars, with all its little holes.

Dooney & Bourke’s Cabrio leather is vegetable-dyed, patterned with two-toned pyramid shaped holes, lined for water resistance and accented with smooth “naked” leather trim. Cabrio leather is cut from a tight grain of French leather.

In my 1999 Dooney catalog, there are over 20 Cabrio bags but none are styles from the AWL collection like your Essex.

I just visited the Dooney & Bourke website and I see no CabrioLeather bags and no Essex bags.

It is possible that in one of the catalogs from 2000-2012 there might have been a limited edition CabrioLeather Essex bag but I don’t have the newer catalogs as we focus on the All Weather Leather bags from the 1970s to the 1990s. So I really can’t tell you for sure if your bag is authentic or not, if it was made in the USA, when it was made or anything else.

I’d love to hear more from you or anyone else that knows.

Paula