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Dooney & Bourke Florentine Vachetta Satchel Reviews

70 reviews
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Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

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4%Rated 1 stars

67 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 2/23/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I saw this bag at the D&B store in red and loved it but wanted to be sure that I wanted it so I held off but I have wanted it since. I ordered it and love it. D&B bags are made well and made to last for years. They are heavier bags but weight also depends on what you put it in. D&B always gives you plenty of organization with pockets and key strap. I also love that it has the longer strap to carry as a cross body. It is an absolutely beautiful bag, well styled and terrific quality. I have a number of their bags and have never had issues with the quality. Based on what designers are charging for their bags these days, this is an excellent buy for a bag that can last you many years.

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3 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 1/16/12
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I am sorry but this is my 20th D&B bag at first I loved it, but I am not very happy about the fact that it marks up so easily and leaves like scratch marks that will not come out. It just marks up so easily even though I do take care of all my bags but this is definitely a no for me.

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3 people found this review helpful  

April 1, 2012

Pam

from Washington, DC

This blue is the bomb, great-looking bag, wish I could afford one in each color.

Brands I'd also recommend: Coach

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 5, 2011

Anonymous

from Wayne, NJ

I bought this bad in light brown. I think its a very beautiful bag. Could not decide between the light brown or the darker one. Very nicely done.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 2, 2012

SusieHu

from Houston

I purchased the Dooney Florentine in Cobalt. This was my first experience with this brand. After two months of carrying it daily, I am happy to say it holds up very well. It is susceptible to surface scratching if rubbed up against bricks or sharp fingernails, however they buff out nicely with a little rubbing using a soft cotton cloth. I haven't treated this bag, but it has taken on a slightly darker patina already. The care instructions do not recommend treating. The shoulder strap is long enough to wear the bag as a cross-body - but the bulk of the bag when full doesn't lend itself to wearing it that way very well. The handles are very sturdy and easy to carry in hand or in the crook of the arm. However, when carried by the handles, it can be difficult to get into and out of the bag due to the fold up top. To get into the bag, I either need to carry it using the shoulder strap or set the bag down. The Florentine is large enough to hold my everyday items (agenda, phone, pencil case, etc.) with room to spare. Given the larger size, the lush leather, and substantial hardware, it is heavier than most handbags this size. This can make it uncomfortable to carry for long periods of time even with the shoulder strap. The interior is well divided with large slip in pockets and a zip pocket. It also has an accessory/key leash inside which I find very helpful. The bright red interior makes it easy to see inside.

Brands I'd also recommend: Fossil, Coach

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 16, 2012

JOANNE F

from PHILA, PA.

I am sorry but this is my 20th D&B bag at first I loved it, but I am not very happy about the fact that it marks up so easily and leaves like scratch marks that will not come out. It just marks up so easily even though I do take care of all my bags but this is definitely a no for me.

Brands I'd also recommend: ALL OF THEM LOL

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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June 30, 2012

Tiffany L

from NYC

I received my Florentine satchel in Fuchsia about two weeks ago. I ordered it directly from the Dooney and Bourke website. While I was excited to finally receive the bag, I was disappointed and annoyed to find that the elegant leather keystrap that is inside my other Dooney purses had been replaced by a 1/4 inch wide tacky ugly and cheap piece of elastic with just a small square of leather attached on the end, followed by the attachment for the keys. When I contacted Dooney and Bourke customer service, I was informed that this new keystrap was a "design change". If so, then one, it cheapens the style of the bag somewhat, and two, it's unfortunate and deceptive that Dooney and Bourke would choose to replace the leather keystrap with a cheap one, yet still expect consumers to pay full retail price for this bag. If they are scaling down features, they should scale back the price accordingly as well. The difference is in the details, especially for luxury items. I do love the bag, mind you, but I feel like I've been cheated each time I open that bag and see that horrendous strap there. I would like to know if anyone has encountered the same in their Florentine satchels, especially in the current season's colors such as the Dusty Blue and Fuchsia.

Brands I'd also recommend: Micheal Kors, Bebe, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Jessica Simpson

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 23, 2012

Terri. S

from Trophy Club, TX

Gorgeous color & the leather is very nice as the FV normally is. I had ordered the new flap tab Florentine Vachetta bag & that leather was awful & bad quality - not up to the normal D&B bags. I'm returning that one & ordered this & I'm very pleased. Couple of changes I'd make: add more holes to strap (I'm 5'7" and the top of the bag comes to the bottom of my hip) & make tassels removable. I don't like tassels & have another very similar bag & they're not just decorative so can't remove them. I carry the bag with top folded down & use handles & straps. For dressier look, remove the straps & carry by handles. Oyster leather is beautiful & suede top is nice touch too.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 7, 2012

Anonymous

 

I purchased this Dooney & Burke handbag in red and I absolutely love it! I have gotten so many compliments. The leather is top quality. Do not be afraid to go bold if you decide to purchase it in red, it stands out and is very elegant.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 5, 2012

Kristin E

from San Francisco, CA

Swoon. This bag is the cat's meow. I needed a bag big enough for my 13 inch laptop (which it is), and also cute enough to want to wear often --and it fits both criteria for me. The leather is fancy, the interior is really nice (which I can be particular about usually), so this bag really does the trick. In the past I haven't loved the Dooney and Burke brand, but this bag was a stand out, and totally worth the price. The only thing I would change -- the handle straps would be a smudge longer.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 22, 2012

Anonymous

from New York, NY

Love this bag! This bag is beautiful. The quality and color of the leather is fantastic. The inside suede is stunning. Buy this bag, we will not regret it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 22, 2012

Anonymous

from Valencia, CA

When I saw this bag in orange, I grabbed it. What an amazing bag. I have loved Dooney for years, and have a glutenous amount of them. They last forever. This is a show stopper. I want every single color and then some.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 16, 2012

Susan S

from Canton, MA

Wow! If you appreciate quality leather, this bag is for you. It's large, it's a bit heavy, but boy is it beautiful! Quality throughout; solid brass hardware (at least the outside stuff), beautiful stitching. I love it! The strap is kind of long, but I'm 5'6, and I can absolutely wear it as a shoulder bag or a cross body. The only thing that I would change is I'd make the handles a couple inches longer to make wearing it up on my shoulder an option. I've never paid this much for a bag, but this should last forever with some care. Love it!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 10, 2012

Anonymous

from Valencia CA

WOW!! I love this style in the mini, own two in the small, but this one, the Big Mama size is stunning in orange! I grabbed it up when there was only one left the other night. Sorry, Ladies, that one was mine! I do think I can fit my younger niece and my dog in there at the same time, but that does not subtract from the show stopping style and color. Exquisite.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 23, 2012

Anonymous

from Gainesville, Fl

I purchased this bag in Chestnut, having already owned a Florentine Vachetta bag in the same color. I originally ordered the small satchel, and, despite being rather larger than most handbags, found it too small to accommodate my MacBook Air. So, I ordered up to this one, and it is terrific! On its own, it is quite heavy, but certainly tolerable. With my laptop in it, my shoulder feels strained. However, you can just carry so much in it, and it is so gorgeous in person! After a week, the leather softened up a bit, so it now has the slouchy effect seen in the photos. I feel like it is a very durable bag, serviceable, but so beautiful at the same time!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 16, 2012

Alison S

from St Paul, MN

Love this bag. It is absolutely gorgeous. I got the dark brown leather. The colors contrast so nicely and the bag is built like a brick house. I'm nervous my affection for the bag will wear out before the bag actually does! Great pockets and space. Once again the craftsmanship of the bag is incredible. Highly recommended.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 8, 2012

Carla B

from Ojai,Ca

I bought this bag and just love it. It is plenty big for all the things I need to carry. I have had lots of compliments about the look of the bag.

Brands I'd also recommend: Coach

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 31, 2011

Anonymous

 

I absolutely love this bag. Love the quality, and style. Very fashion forward, with high quality leather. The rich dark brown color is to die for, and will match lots of stuff in my closet. Don't miss this one.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 2, 2012

Reesey R

 

I love this bag! Initially I ordered the small Florentine satchel, but that was too small for me. Not nearly enough room. I also did not like the Chestnut color I had initially picked out. It was a bit too dull for me. But, the Vachetta Satchel in T.Moro is perfection! Perfect size, perfect color, perfect overall style. My only small complaint was that this satchel did not come with a dust bag like my other Dooney & Bourkes that I have purchased from Zappos. I don't know if it was an oversight or not, but I would have liked to have a dust bag to put my satchel in for protection when I'm not using it. Zappos did offer to send me another one with the hope that the dust bag was in there (if this satchel comes with a dust bag), but I had already unpacked my bag and didn't feel like returning it, so I'll just be dust bag less for this one. Just a minor infraction on an otherwise great purchase!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 18, 2012

Anonymous

from United States

This is a great, quality bag with one big flaw. For a bag as large as this, the zipper does not open wide enough to allow me to even put in a folder in. It had awesome potential to be a good office satchel, but this one flaw makes me really mad. WHY couldn't the designers have made the opening wider - there was plenty of room to do so.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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January 17, 2013

Allison S

from Melrose, Iowa

I got this bag out of the box and went to walk out of the door with it. I turned around and put it back in the box I was unsatisfied with the length of the handles. I waited to return it, researched other bags and their handle length and decided to keep it. My daughter saw it and commented on the small fortune it must have cost. I responded by telling her that I was tired of buying cheaper bags and desired 1classy purse. That day We went to a higher end jewelry store and I caught 3 sales ladies whispering, they said they were admiring my new purse! The handles are still short but the strap is comfortable across the body. I does show marks but adds to the character. It holds everything plus more. Consider it an investment.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 26, 2012

Ashley K

from United States

I love this bag! I have several Dooney bags and this one is my favorite. To begin, it isn't as heavy as my others, but it still has that wonderful quality leather feel. The shoulder strap is comfortable and doesn't slip around. The bag is well weighted to use with the strap (the Dooney "feed bag" has always felt awkward to me and slips off my shoulder every chance it gets). There is quite a lot of room inside - allowing everything but the kitchen sink to be fit inside. I've held a bible, Dooney wallet, pills, makeup bag, pens, iphone, gloves, keys and a small magazine in there before with no problem! I easily combine the shoulder strap with the hand held straps to hold at my side. You will have to fold the top of the bag over to do this, but with such a lovely bag, who cares? The purse utters a low moan every now and then (as indicative of leather) and I love it! It is very well made and such a fashionable looking purse! I've had many compliments on it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Banana Republic

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 30, 2012

Ms. R

from Memphis, TN

I love this bag...got the blue one for my friend's birthday with the wallet to match. Nice size, not too big & not too xsmall. She fell in love with it. I will like the green for myself, but they out of stock.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 29, 2012

Anonymous

 

This is a beautiful bag. I love the style and the size. It is a larger bag and is slightly heavy, but the leather is wonderful and you can fit quite a bit in it (i.e. iPad, Kindle, etc.). I have it in the natural color which goes with everything.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 28, 2012

Emily M

from Seattle, WA

Love this bag! I got it to double as a camera bag, and it's big enough to fit all my normal purse items, as well as an insert that holds my DSLR camera, plus an extra lens. My one complaint is that when the bag has my camera in it it is quite heavy, and I wish that the strap was a bit thicker, or that I could buy a shoulder strap pad for it separately that would match the bag. Not a deal breaker though, as I don't normally have to wear or walk with the bag for long periods.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 20, 2013

Renee

from MD

This bag is ok but not for me. The zipper seems too short along with the short handles. I like to carry bags by the handles instead of the shoulder strap. It's good quality leather bag just not good for my needs.

Brands I'd also recommend: Michael Kors

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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April 29, 2014

JC

from San Francisco

Dooney & Bourke has really upped its game in the past few years and this particular bag is a winner! I remember seeing Dooney bags a decade ago in various department stores with horribly garish colors and monograms plastered all over the waxed canvas bags and I would just walk b., thinking how ridiculous they looked. Not this bag...this is an elegant, well-made classic that will carry you through your days whether you are going to work or dressed casually and meeting your friends. This is my 1st Dooney & Bourke purchase after much hemming and hawing for a year and I am so glad I got it! I must admit that my handbags are from brands like Chanel, Gucci, but I have been using this bag everyday because it is such a sturdy workhorse bag. Ladies, before you gasp in horror at seeing your first scratch on your Dooney leather, do not panic -- this vachetta leather is meant to age beautifully and it will develop a lovely patina. Scratches will blend in (just gently rub your fingers over the leather) and your bag will develop a character of its own.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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