When the Madison Collection from Coach made their debut, they became the premium, most expensive line, at the time from Coach’s high-end collections. With the Madison Collection, however, nothing was compromised when it came to quality. This stunning Madison is the Bristol Bag Style #4412 and it is a sterling example.
The specially treated leathers on Madison handbags and accessories were similar to Chanel’s Caviar leather. The quality didn’t stop there. All Madison’s were handmade in Coach’s “E” plant in Italy as were their predecessors, the Dakota Collection, the Gramercy Collection, the Bridle Collection and some from the Sheridan and Sonoma Collection. Each collection had their distinctive differences which set them apart and rivaled the top designers around the world.
The Madison Collection was made from a fine, Caviar Pebbled leather. The Dakotas were a Full-Grained Leather having a cross-grained pattern with form, and the Sheridan’s have the softer pebbled leather. The Gramercy Collection had the finer Cross-Grain pattern resembling Epi leather. The Bridle Collection had Pigskin adornment on the thicker Bridle leather. These special perpetual treatments these collections shared were very expensive resulting in models from these collections lasting far longer than regular leather items.
The Madison Collection models were high end and unique. None are exactly the same. Being hand-made, each will have its own uniqueness typical with custom craftsmanship. Today, they are coveted the world over. Look closely at this beautiful and rare Madison and you will see why.
This breathtaking example from the Madison Collection is the Bristol Bag. Coach named many of the models after cities in Europe and the U.K. This Bristol has the registration/model numbers I4E-4412. It is also from the private collection and it is in pristine condition inside and out.
Resplendent in the luxurious color of Maple, it is pure elegance. The leathers have so much depth and shine, you can see light reflections in the pictures.
Open the zipper to see the flawless, bronze Faille fabric lining. This is a very large, spacious Coach. The Bristol is longer in length, taller, and slightly wider than the similarly styled Savoy. The main compartment is all fabric lined as well. There is a single zippered security pocket with the creed. The creed is on matching leather.
On the outside, there the two padded handles that allow sufficient drop so you can easily arm carry this Bristol as an Evening Bag. There is no strap but a replacement can be ordered from Coach if desired. A strap may not be needed as this is a true valise and the handles afford more than enough to arm or shoulder carry when needed. The holders for the handles are intricately crafted and have screws so they can be removed for cleaning.
As you look at the pictures, you can see the shine from all over this Bristol, a true testament to the care this gem received.
The original hang-tag is present on the brass chain.
The hang-tags found on Madison’s are also perpetually treated. Their hang-tags are larger than regular Coach hang-tags and is made from the same Caviar leather. For a Madison to be complete, the hang-tag must match the trim.
This Madison Bristol is a Coach that is very hard to find in any condition and it is a genuine collectible. No doubt, this Coach shows only the best of care, exceptionally careful use and looks fabulous. The leathers are soft with form and even in color. The oval bottom and ends as seen in the pictures are even and smooth.
This is one Coach that when you see and feel it, you will love it and what’s more, no one will have one like it.
This fine treasure is very large and the dimensions are 13 ¼ " L x 10 ½" H x 5 ½" D and the handles afford a 5” drop.
As always, this fine Coach Madison Bristol will come to you shipped with the utmost care via USPS Priority Mail or your choice of shippers indicated with insurance. Never a handling charge, just the exact shipping to your zip code. I ship all over the world and will gladly combine shipping on multiple purchases.
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The Bristol has such a luxurious look that sets it apart from anything else.
Vintage Coach Madison Bristol Bag Model #4412 from Italy