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

Inspired by the free spirited and those who live by their own style rules, this luxe leather brand has been spotted just about everywhere since 1991. From its humble beginnings on a dining room table to the opening of our Hobo Boutique, here’s a history lesson on how this handbag collection came to be.

 


Our Hobo Boutique opens Monday, November 5, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer 

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November 5, 2012