Drop Length on Dooney & Bourke Shoulder Bags

Hello Paula –

Can you please tell me which style of handbag has the longest drop length?
I am interested in using my bag as a cross body, in addition to shoulder.
It looks like most of the bags have about a 21-22″ drop. That is not long
enough for my purpose. Anything I may be missing?

Thank-you very much.


Hi Cheri,

Usually 22″ drop is the max on the standard Dooney & Bourke holes. In some
cases, there is extra room to punch more holes in the shoulder strap to make
a longer drop. If there is a specific bag you are interested in, I can take
a look at it and let you know if that is an option.

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Drop length relates to the length of the shoulder strap on a handbag. Specifically, it is the distance from the top of the folded shoulder strap to the top of the bag as shown in this photo.

We started out using Dooney & Bourke’s measurements from their vintage catalogs but have recently found that many of those measurements were inaccurate, so from our item #598 and up, we are using the following method:

We buckle the strap on its longest setting and then its shortest setting and report those two measurements.

I’d like to update all of our older pages to this new, more useful method but time constraints don’t allow that right now. So, if you are looking at a bag on our site that has an item number under #598 and you are concerned about the strap length, feel free to write me here and I’ll measure, let you know the actual measurements, and update that bag’s page.

Drop Length of Dooney & Bourke Shoulder Bags

Drop Length of Dooney & Bourke Shoulder Bags