Burgundy red leather Mark Cross handbag c.1970s-80s

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Size: body of bag is 16.5” wide by 10.5” tall at center (12.5” tall at each side)
Strap: 18” long by 1.25” wide
Label: Mark Cross Made in Italy

This dark red, soft leather slouch-style Mark Cross bag possibly dates from the late 1970s or early 1980s. Mark Cross bags are generally timeless classics, but the style of the stamped logo and the hardware (plastic zippers) makes us guess that it wasn’t recently produced. Either way, it’s a fabulous-yet-practical handbag, with its large size and comfortable shoulder strap. The single strap has heavyweight, gold metal “chain” trim at each end. The crescent shape has a narrow, flat section running along its base, that makes it stand up a bit better than a fully rounded base would do. The bag fastens along the top with 2 zipper pulls, trimmed with leather tabs. Inside, the bag is lined with darker, burgundy red leather, and has a single zip pocket. The Mark Cross logo is stamped in gold on the inside of the purse, and includes the words “Made in Italy”. In very good condition, this elegantly casual bag has a few very faint scuffs on its leather surface from normal use, plus some wear to the leather lining, and 2 dark marks (possibly marker—see close-up photo) on the underside of the strap--not likely to be noticed when the bag is carried.