This alligator impressed leather messenger bag by Colombetti, circa 1980's Italy, is huge and visually striking. Colombetti , a luxury leather goods manufacturer since the 1930's, has a store in the heart of Milan's fashion district. THey are known for their high style designs and well crafted items. This bag is evidence of that. It is a huge messenger bag measuring 11 1/2"h x 12 1/2"w x 2 1/2"d. It reminds me of the type of bag a mailman or a cowboy may use (like a saddle bag). It is alligator impressed leather that simulates the real thing. The color is a deep mahogany with some of the alligator scales being significantly lighter in color. THese scales also seem to have a rougher texture that the smoother scales. An absolutely amazing depiction of exotic skin. The leather is very shiny and it has a polished sheen to it. THis is on both the front and the back but the back actually is a large pocket compartment with its own flap and snap, THe entire bag has a distressed look and Colombetti has created a patina that looks as though the bag was from a time at least 50 years before it actual creation. Quite amazing again. THe bag opens and closes with a goldtone circular closure that has an inner knob that turns to open and close it. THis knob may have lost its goldwash or perhaps it always was silvertone. The underside of the flap and the front of the bag under the flap is a deep high quality dark chocolate color leather. It is smooth and rich looking. THere is a carry strap of the same alligator impressed leather with chunky goldtone hardware. It has a drop of 14" but can be modified since there is an adjustable buckle. The strap is in good condition. However, there a spot where the top of the strap has weakened but it has not broken through to the bottom leather. The sides have an accordion effect. THe inside has two large compartments, an open slip pocket and a zippered compartment. The goldtone oval signature panel stating "Colombetti Milano Made in Italy" is affixed inside. THis bag has been worn but well cared for and loved. Besides the above mentioned issues, there are some scratches on the underside of the front flap and some spots which may show age or wear. Absolutely nothing that takes away from this funky bag. THis bag is unusual, large, different and well made. It can be worn with jeans naturally. Yet I see it going to the office and transmitting the statement "I am confident enough to wear this retro vibe and tough enough to dare to look different." How many people or bags say that? Condition: Very Good VINTAGE Condition
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