As October becomes more official with each turning leaf, it’s time to shift our footwear selection to complement the season – boot season, that is. And making an annual return to cover our legs in buttery leather is the classic English-style riding boot. But before we walk the walk, let’s talk about the origin of the coveted equestrian style.

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October 8, 2013

Dooney & Bourke. The name is an American classic, but I’m willing to bet there’s a lot you don’t know about how these duck-branded handbags and accessories got to be so popular (besides their good looks, that is). Here’s the breakdown.

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1975: Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke launch their namesake leather goods line in South Norwalk, CT. Preppy striped surcingle belts and oh-so-dapper suspenders form the foundation of the business.

1981: Dooney & Bourke branches out into the handbag biz with the release of their Tack Case and Equestrian Bag, both made from bridle leather.

1983: The brand releases its first All-Weather Leather (AWL) handbag collection. Moisture slides off the 100% waterproof leather like water off a duck’s back, hence the line’s distinctive oval leather duck logo.

1997: Dooney.com launches, introducing lots and lots of American-made handbags and accessories to the interwebs.

2006 – 2008: Young celebs Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere collaborate with Dooney & Bourke to create namesake styles – a.k.a. the “Emma” and the “Hayden” – that add versatility to the brand’s offerings.

July 24, 2013: This now-iconic leather goods brand makes its Rue La La debut. Oh, happy day.

Our Dooney & Bourke Boutique opens Wednesday, July 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2013