In 1973, Michael Budman and Don Green founded Roots, initially a Canadian footwear company. By 1977, the company had stores across North America and Europe. It was around this time that the company started making the transition from footwear to classic handbags.
The company is also noted for outfitting the Canadian Olympics team; remember the red ‘poor boy cap’ which eventually sold over half a million caps worldwide. In addition to Canada, Roots became the official outfitter for the United States, Britain, and the Barbados Olympic teams.
In 2015 Roots was sold to an international company with plans to expand distribution worldwide. Leather goods have been at the heart of Roots right from the start and the company has always stressed quality and Canadian craftsmanship. Today, the family continues to run factory.
This authentic Roots large white pebble leather handbag includes an optional adjustable leather shoulder strap. Top zip closure with 9.5 inch | 24.1 cm leather zipper pull and magnetic snap. Dual flat brown leather handles and trim. The front of the bag features an 11 inch | 27.9 cm zip pocket with a 7 inch | 17.8 cm brown leather tassel. A gold-tone signature Roots plaque adorns the front of bag.
The interior is spacious and finished in a shiny turquoise lining. Included is one 10 inch | 25.4 cm zip pocket, two open pockets and an oval leather Roots patch. No dust bag. Made in Canada. Retail $428 CAD | $305 USD.
Length: 14 inches | 35.6 cm
Height: 11 inches | 27.9 cm
Width: 5.5 inches | 14.0 cm
Handle Drop: 7.5 inches | 19.1 cm
Pre-owned: This bag is in very good condition. The left upper side of this bag (side view photo) shows a couple of very faint marks while the right upper side back has one similar mark (back view photo). The remaining exterior leather does not show any wear whatsoever including the dual handles and four bottom corners. All gold-tone hardware is like-new. The interior is clean although inside the zip pocket does show a couple of small stains (see photo). All photographs can be magnified for a closer view by clicking directly on the photo.
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