Tuesday, May 31, 2011

AUTHENTIC COACH CREED AND SERIAL NUMBER

HISTORY OF COACH CREEDS & SERIAL NUMBERS.


I cannot said that an expert in this area especially on the older version of Coach bag but I am doing my best to do research in this area. I have compiled some information on this so that anyone will have a clue what an authentic Coach bags are. I am a member of The Bag Forum and The Purse Forum and thanks to the information from experts that I have been able to write this article and also based on my experience in handling so many pieces of Coach items.

In the 1960's Coach bags had either a metal identifier tag or a simple impression of the Coach logo, no creed no serial number.  I have managed to find an example of this


COACH BONNIE CASHIN CARRY SATCHEL BRIEF BAG









COACH BONNIE CASHIN KISSLOCK LEATHER BAG





Coach introduced the creed without any serial # sometime in the late 60's/early70s. The word "leatherwear" is under the word Coach and the wording of the creed at this time was all caps "THIS IS A COACH BAG. IT IS MADE OUT OF A COMPLETELY NATURAL GLOVE TANNED COWHIDE. THE SCARS, SCRATCHES, VEINS AND WRINKLES ARE NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FULL GRAIN LEATHERS". Under the creed is in all caps, "MADE IN NEW YORK CITY, U.S.A." ALL Coach bags made after the introduction of the creed and before serial #'s were introduced were made in NYC. Note that there are gaps in the creed in the lines describing the "scars, scratches, veins and wrinkles"

When Coach added serial numbers to the creed in the 1970's they were "all numbers" in the format "xxx-xxxx" as shown below. The last four digits do not correspond to the style number, each bag had a unique number.

COACH VINTAGE LEATHER BAG






COACH CASHIN ERA NY BLUE LEATHER WATERMELON BAG BRIEF






COACH BONNIE CASHIN LEATHER BRIEFCASE


(Below the serial number : COACH BAG REGISTRATION NUMBER)




It was not until the 1990's that Coach introduced the modern registration format of letters and numbers, with the last four digits being the style number (or in the case of some of the newer bags after 2000, the last five digits). These registration numbers are not unique to each bag. The wording of the creed was also changed to all caps "THIS IS A COACH BAG. IT WAS HANDCRAFTED IN (country of origin) OF COMPLETELY NATURAL GLOVE-TANNED COWHIDE. THE VARIATIONS IN THE GRAIN ARE CHARACTERISTIC OF NATURAL FULL GRAIN LEATHER." There are no longer gaps between any of the words.



COACH CAMEL BURNISHED LEATHER LEGACY HIPPIE BAG PURSE





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COACH 9340 RED LEATHER HIPPIE SADDLE BAG







Here are some other examples of authentic Coach creed and serial number :

You notice that some do have some marking on it like "X", "N", "Bull eye" and "ES". The bull eye is the most common seen.

I saw this information on the Bag Forum which dated back year 2007 :

BULL EYE - Factory outlet (But I do see some store item with this mark)

FS - Final sale

ES - Employee sale

X - TJ Maxx or Marshall's

N - Nordstorm Rack





COACH SIGNATURE LEGACY STRIPE LARGE TOTE 11099





COACH BLACK VINTAGE HAMPTONS TOTE  #7757




COACH LEATHER BUSINESS BRIEFCASE # 321




COACH Z ERGO LEATHER PLEATED TOTE 17199




COACH TRIBECA SHOPPER BAG #9098




COACH LEGACY STRIPE VACHETTA LEATHER BAG  #10324






COACH ERGO LEATHER HOBO BAG 11612





COACH LEGACY SIGNATURE STRIPE ACCORDION WALLET 41631






COACH TRIBECA SHOPPER BAG #9098






COACH CAMEL ERGO PIECED SUEDE LARGE TOTE BAG 11310





COACH POPPY PETAL APPLIQUE ROCKER TOTE BAG 16492




I am not affiliated with Coach in anyway. I just love their products.












3 comments:

  1. Thats awesome thank you for the photos so now i know to check for the number.

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  2. I was at a thrift store and i was checking out the purses and i happen to look down and found this really nice brown and tan coach purse in very good condition. I checked the inside it had the registration nunber. I bought this authentic coach purse for 10.00. I couldnt beleive it. Great purchasr.

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    1. i did the exact same thing...but i dont know how to check if it is real or fake...if it is real...i paid only 1.00

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