Although they take their inspiration from vintage cavalry bags, saddle bags, and mail pouches, Dooney & Burke handbags live squarely in the 21st century. Founded in 1975 in Norwalk, Connecticut, where Peter Dooney and Frederic Burke’s hobo bags, purses, and clutches are still made today, the company has commissioned celebrities to design its products, such as its 2008 collaboration with movie and TV star Hayden Panettiere, who conceived an Italian calfskin clutch for the company, which was savaged by some critics for its distractingly large 24-karat gold-plated lion's-head closure.

More recently, Dooney & Burke partnered with Disney on a line of resort bags, in tooled leather or limited-edition fabric prints. These Disney Dooneys, as they are sometimes called, feature images of Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, and various Disney theme park “Lands.” But the company’s leather bags remain its calling card, whether it’s an ostrich “Janine” satchel, a crocodile “Susanna,” or a crossbody in suede or patent leather.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Bag Lady University

Bag Lady University

Bag Lady University is the place to learn about handbag makers from Adrian's, which made Bakelite bags, to Whiting … [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Dooney & Bourke ~ Dark Brown/tan Pebbled Leather Wayfarer Shoulder Bag HoboDooney & Bourke Alto Burgundy Croc Embossed Leather Pyramid Backpack Dooney And Bourke Tea Time Tote - Disney Gently Used Dooney & Bourke Black Leather Embossed HandbagDooney & Bourke Doctor Handbag Off White Circle Logo PatternDooney & Bourke Smooth Leather Hobo With AccessoriesDooney Bourke Pebble Leather SatchelDooney And Bourke Satchel Dooney & Bourke Brown Leather HandbagDooney & Bourke ... Zippered Clutch Wallet ... Gray LeatherDooney Bourke Sm Clear Tote/shopperDooney & Bourke Grained Leather Coin Purse WalletDooney And Bourke Florentine Toscana Side Zip Satchel BordeauxDooney & Bourke Hobo Bag With Matching WalletBlack Croc Dooney And Bourke Shopper Tote VgucDooney & Bourke Large Canvas Giraffe Handbag Tote BagVtg Auth Dooney Bourke Awl Navy Dk Blue Black Thin Zippered Coin Clutch HandbagDooney & Bourke Logo Wallet Pvc Coated Canvas Card Case Coin Purse ChangeDooney & Bourke Claremont Satchel Tumoro BrownDooney And Bourke Raider Nation PurseDooney Bourke Satchel HandbagDooney & Bourke Giraffe Handbag Dooney And Bourke Vintage Drawstring Bucket Bag Navy Blue Gorgeous!! Dooney And Burke. Awl Doctor Bag With Working LockDooney And Bourke Navy Blue Nylon Tote W/ Bright Pink LiningDooney And Bourke HandbagSelling As Is " Authentic Dooney & Bourke Shoulder Handbag Purse Bag Has Stain"Dooney & Bourke Lexington Bag In Tangerine OrangeDooney & Bourke Sophie HoboVintage Dooney And Bourke Black Leather Draw String Bucket BagDooney & Bourke Vintage Satchel Shoulder Bag All Weather Leather With Wallet!Women's Dooney And Bourke Black Norfolk Purse Size SmallDooney & Bourke Leather Drawstring Bag In Camel / Brown TrimAccessory Barbie 2006 Dooney & Bourke Shopping Bag Pastel Colors Tissue HandlesDooney & Bourke Giraffe Pat. Animal Print Leather Med Chiara Bag $450Dooney & Bourke Black Pebbled Leather Expandable Satchel NiceDooney Bourke Handbag, Chelsea Shopper, Cranberry, LeatherVintage Dooney And Bourke Duck Equestrian Navy Leather Shoulder Bag And WalletDooney & Bourke White Leather HoboDooney & Bourke Vintage Canvas And Leather Shoulder/ Tote Bag Made In U.s.a. Dooney Bourke Messenger BagDooney & Bourke Brown Red Green Woven Leather Satchel Jelly Plastic Bag PurseDooney & Bourke Disney Black Parks Charms Satchel~ Retired~hard To Find!Dooney & Bourke Chestnut Florentine Vachetta Leather Small SatchelEuc Dooney & Bourke Ocean Blue Florentine Domed Buckle Satchel HandbagDooney & Bourke Pebble Leather Brenna Satchel Caramel R036c CaDooney & Bourke Handbag Supple Florentine Leather Large Zip Satchei In Natural Dooney & Bourke Tiki Zip Zip Satchel PurseDooney & Bourke Heather Leather Hobo W Logo Lock Wacc Rare Disney Dooney & Bourke 1st Edition Sketch Large Tote Excellent Condition!Dooney & Bourke Elephant Pebble Leather Brenna Satchel Wacc Dooney & Bourke Ginger Florentine Toscana Front Stitch Hobo BagPrice To Sell Dooney And Bourke Disney Mickey Mouse Shoulder BagDooney Bourke Cognac Leather Woven Top Handle SatchelGeorgia Bulldog Dooney & Bourke Purse.Dooney & Bourke Natural British Tan Leather Florentine Satchel Bag Foldtop PurseDooney & Bourke Black Smooth Leather Mckenzie Hobo WaccDooney & Bourke Sky Blue Leather Tote Shopper Bag PurseDisney Dooney & Bourke Buttons Letter Carrier Crossbody Bag Mickey Ariel TinkDooney Bourke Florentine Domed Satchel