I'm a big Coach fan. I usually get one bag a year for Mother's Day. The one I have now is a brown faux-embossed croc leather bag with brass hardware. A few weeks ago, I dropped it on my cement//brick front steps and it now has a few noticeable scratches. I was going to skip this year because I got my Mother's Day present early this year (something other than a bag). For the past few years, Coach has been really hit or miss with me. I found a bag that I really like that has "lace" cutouts in the leather, but the one I want is metallic gold and I've never had one so .... gold. I still have to go see it in person, but wanted to see if I could get some opinions. Is it too gaudy? Like another bag?
Here is the link (I still can't figure out how to link images with my iPad, sorry): Madison Collection Handbags and Accessories from Coach
It's the second one on the list. I really, really like the Parchment (white) in the same style, but since I carry these bags for at least a year, I could see it getting really dirty and not go with many things in the fall and winter. Plus, I'm not a fan of silver hardware, and the gold one has brass hardware.
I *almost* bought a Michael Kors (faux embossed) python leather bag at TJ Maxx of all places (I NEVER get lucky there even though a few of my friends have) but my husband talked me out of it because he thought it was too big and the handles were way too long.