Dooney & Bourke started in 1975 when Peter Dooney & Frederic Bourke launched their namesake in South Norwalk, Conn. The duo started off w/ two introductory products: belts which were popular due to their unique, vibrant colors & stripes, & classic suspenders. The rest of their history is as follows:
In 1981 Dooney & Bourke branched out into the handbag business w/ the release of the Tack Case & the Equestrian Bag, both made from bridle leather. Along w/ their original distributors such as Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers & Saks Fifth Avenue, they opened The Company Store in Norwalk, Conn, which sold among other things Dooney & Bourke merchandise.
In 1983, w/ the development of their famous All-Weather Leather, the first AWL handbag collection was released featuring the unmistakable duck logo w/ the russet leather trim.
In 2006/2007, the creation of the Emma Bag, a small oval sized bag named after Emma Roberts.
In 2007, a new handbag design, from actress Hayden Panettiere, star of the NBC hit show Heros. Hayden was given the opportunity to design her dream bag w/ Peter Dooney.