I doubt Tory Burch would be irritated to hear me say that hers is not a “heritage” brand by any stretch of the imagination. It hasn’t outfitted anyone for wars or saddled up any horses in its time, and that’s fine; not even billionaire Burch can go back in time and move back the birth of her brand by 100 years. Heritage is big business, though – high-end customers place tons of value on a brand’s history, and that’s probably why the brand new Tory Burch Saddalrina Large Saddle looks like it could be based on an archival bag from the brand’s imagined past.

Or, perhaps, from a brand like Coach’s actual past. The shape and finish of the leather remind me a lot of both the Coach bags my mom carried when I was a kid and the highly-prized classic Coach finds you can occasionally uncover in a vintage store. The long shoulder strap, the medium-tone gold hardware, the glossy-but-not-shiny finish of the leather – it’s all exactly right. Tory even did herself a favor and omitted her signature logo hardware, opting instead for a block T built into the bag’s turnlock closure. (Turnlock! Another classic Coach-esque thing.)

Coach doesn’t capitalize on interest in vintage-looking bags like this quite as ardently as it could, so, to be perfectly frank, I’m glad someone is. At Burch’s price point, this is what heritage looks like, and this bag does a great job pretending that it has a carefully cataloged predecessor from decades past sitting in an archive somewhere. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $495.

Also available in tan via Bloomingdale’s for $495.

Coach Saddalrina Large Saddle Bag

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  • Candace

    Now that’s a Coach bag if I’ve ever seen one! I had one just like it back in the day.

  • AshleyG

    I almost wish she had of used her logo though because if I wanted this actual bag, I’d buy it from Coach. At least her recognized logo would have made it a Tory Burch that folks wanting a TB for the sake of having a TB would buy. But then again, those folks probably wouldn’t buy THIS bag. It’s nice, but again, it’s Coach…

  • laura

    not your typical TB bag. It’s a pretty bag but if I wanted a bag that looks like this I would go to Coach.

  • laura

    not your typical TB bag. It’s a pretty bag but if I wanted a bag that looks like this I would go to Coach.

  • Amanda

    It’s gorgeous….and very obviously Coach.

  • pe.riche.

    What I find interesting is that had a “lesser” designer or brand infringed on the design of Coach (or any other more expensive brand), rather than a Tory Burch, there would be outrage geared to the likes of how wrong fakes or replica bags are, and how they hurt the designers.

  • Jane

    Looks exactly like the Coach bags my Mom used to carry as well. I don’t think she even kept them, as I shed a tear. I really like this bag, and I am so so happy that the logo is just a simple T turn lock. I would buy this.

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  • nafnaf

    i like the coach version better.. even in pictures, the coach leather looks more supple and thick and smoshy and wear well with time.. but this looks like a knockoff coach with a Ferragamo buckle in the front

  • jennifer

    I think this bag is gorgeous. I like the understated T in the lock, and I think this bag sits much nicer than the original with the large buckles at the strap juncture that never quite sat right. Good job Tory…I scout and comb vintage flea markets for the original coach bags…but this is a great updated classic which should become an heirloom.

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  • humy

    I bought this from shoebob for 371 dollars!