Bonjour, lovely readers! Today is Visible Monday and I give you moi in shades of brown. Which is truly not a summery way to dress but alas I also wanted to show off my “new to me” purse acquisition (and please no reminders of my previous pledges to not buy any more handbags for a year–that deal is so off now)*.
Recently I started following Atlantic Pacific. I can’t even remember how I found the blog but I love her stunning array of amazing outfits. One accessory that she wears often–and it looks great every single time– is a vintage Coach Willis in British Tan. This bag looks great with so many of her outfits and she wears it with colors I would never think to pair it with. I have a vintage Willis in black and it has become one of my favorite, go-to handbags of them all.
The Willis is one of those Coach styles I admired from a far for a few years. Loved it, thought it classy every time I saw it but wasn’t sure it was really me. Instead I ventured into the Rambler, the Janice’s Legacy and a couple of other classic Coach styles. Most were too small or not adequate for my needs. And then I started carrying a Nook. My requirements in a handbag became very specific. I found a wonderful style in the Coach Ergo #9033. Love the simple lines, the outside pocket (a must) and roomy interior, and the shoulder strap length is perfect for me. Then a few months ago, I saw a great deal on a Vintage Willis (black) and thought I would give it a try. I have always admired the flap closure with turn-key lock. Another thing I thought I might like is the cross-body option and, of course, the rear outside pocket. I bought it and haven’t looked back. I use it a lot and it gets compliments…because it is a classic.
After following Atlantic Pacific I became convinced that a Coach Willis in British Tan was now part of my destiny. And wouldn’t you know…they are super hard to find in good shape at reasonable prices. Black ones are a dime a dozen but the British Tan? Either they are in high demand or there just weren’t as many made in that color. I don’t know. But I was
diligent obsessive in my searches and finally landed a good deal. She just arrived the other day so of course I had to have her out for a spin. I played it safe and styled her with other browns. I am very happy to have another Vintage Willis and I know we are going to have a long, happy union.
Oh! I just love that thick, glove tanned leather.
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What is your favorite “go to” handbag?
*for the record, if anyone cares, i did some purging this weekend and no less than six handbags will be leaving via ebay or etsy. striving for balance one goodwill load at a time.