1960s brown leather satchel women writing bags vintage messenger bag hippie boho college gifts

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In the 1960s my older sisters all set off in the world. Between the ages of eight and 14, I saw three of my siblings head off to college, and at some point during that time I remember admiring their accessories, so unlike the mundane supplies that I was still using. My brother was a true hippie and had all the accoutrements of such, including tooled leather belt and great old satchels for his supplies, which of course I assumed had only to do with writing and making art. The bag offered here is so reminiscent of that time, with thick heavy leather, the edges sewn with leather "thread," and the interior again all leather! Had this been his bag, I would have co-opted it in high school and written in pen poems and phone numbers, so thank goodness that whoever owned this piece only allowed it to wear naturally. Yes, the thread has broken in several points--see Photo 8 for lots of shots of that. And yes, the leather has torn in a place, there on the strap, not a place that affects usage. And yes, the previous owner poked a hole into the strap to wear it shorter. But this is authentic, folks, and for authentic hippie pieces, you get authentic use and wear.

This is not a large satchel, because in those days we didn't try to fit our entire lives into a bag. Our fast lives were, in fact, quite slow by today's standards. The bag measures 11-5/8" wide by about 9" tall with a 2-1/2" to 3" depth, and the strap is 36" as set in the pictures with an extra 9" of strap. And it can be adjusted shorter. This purse has wear, and so if you're expecting a mint condition hippie era piece, well, this is not for you. But if you want authentic hippie era, you've found it.

For when authenticity is more important than style.


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