Bag Review: Coach Tabby 26

I’ve been drawn to the Coach Tabby 26 since it’s launch in 2019. The design is chic, versatile and classic, while the price point is reasonable given the workmanship and leather quality of the bag. I thought buying my Coach Pillow Tabby (review here) would help – but I still couldn’t get the Tabby 26 out of my mind – so I finally ended up purchasing it this year!

 

COACH TABBY RANGE:

There is such a wide variety of bags in the Coach Tabby range – from the puffy Pillow Tabby bags to slouchy Soft Tabby ones. They’ve recently launched a Quilted Tabby range – which resemble Chanel Classic Flap Bags and the Gucci Marmont Bags. Below are some of the most popular structured versions (the number in the bag name refers to its width in centimeters – so the Coach Tabby 26 in 26 cm wide while the Tabby 12 is 12 cm wide).

 

SIZE COMPARISON: COACH TABBY 26 VERSUS COACH TABBY 20 AND COACH TABBY CHAIN CLUTCH:

Here is a reference photo with try-on photos of various Tabby bags. As I mentioned earlier – I’ve been eyeing the Coach Tabby FOREVER so I’d always try them on when I visited the Coach store. I love the sleek look of the Coach Tabby Chain Clutch – but ultimately the size of the Tabby 26 seemed most practical for me.

 

HOW TO STYLE THE COACH TABBY 26:

The Coach Tabby 26 comes with two leather straps – a short one and a crossbody one – and you can also easily switch them out with other straps too. In the first three pics below – I’m wearing it with the straps that came with the bag. In the last pic, I switched out the Coach straps and added in a braided chain strap and a pearl embellished one. Coach sells additional straps on their site, and you can also purchase  straps like mine from Amazon. For size reference, I’m 5’4″.

 

DIMENSIONS AND WHAT FITS INSIDE A COACH TABBY 26:

The Coach Tabby 26 Bag has a height of 15 cm, width of 26 cm and a depth of 7.5 cm. The shorter strap is 19.5 cm and the longer strap is 54 cm. Despite it’s large dimensions, there are two things that prevent the Tabby 26 from being a spacious bag. One – it’s very structured and rigid, and two – it has internal dividers – which restrict how you can arrange your items. However, it still has enough space to make it a practical bag for me – I can carry my cardholder, keys, iPhone Pro Max, makeup bag and charger.

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COMPARING COACH TABBY 26 TO A CHANEL CLASSIC FLAP BAG:

The original Coach Tabby 26 isn’t THAT similar to a Chanel Classic Flap Bag – they both come in black and gold, and have a large gold logo to fasten the bag. However, the Coach Tabby 26 with quilting DOES resemble the Chanel Classic Flap and is an affordable alternative for it  – they’re both made of quilted leather with a woven leather & chain shoulder strap – you can see how similar they are here.

 

OTHER COACH BAGS I LOVE:

I’m such a fan of Coach bags – before buying the Coach Tabby 26, I was also considering the Coach Cassie and Sammy bags. The Coach outlet also has a great selection of well made and very affordable bags – I picked out a black Coach mini Rowan Bag (it reminds me of a Louis Vuitton Nano Speedy Bag) and a monogram Nolita 19 – which is the perfect size for running errands.

 

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