My Coach tote finally got a blemish, so now I can start the search for its replacement. It started life as a diaper bag, and since my youngest is in graduate school, you know how old it is. I still have the changing pad that came with it. Maybe red this time? But even at more than 20 years old, this is still one of my "new" Coach bags. And it's only the "new" Coach items that will ever need a replacement - because the first Coach bags made will never wear out in my lifetime. Seriously. Thirty years ago, if you walked into a Coach store with one of their first bags, they would give you some line about wanting to acquire it for their archives, and that they would trade you for a brand new Coach bag. (One of my friends fell for this.) But the truth was, they figured out that they had built purses that would never wear out. And thirty years ago, if your bag didn't wear out, you probably didn't replace it. So they re-engineered them. And that is why this tote has begun to wear out before it is even 30 years old.