Fossil vs Coach: Which Brand Should You Go for?

Fossil and Coach have been around for quite a while.

Both brands make a lot of nice-looking, spectacular, and high-quality handbags. They also have a large selection for the most doubting of Thomases.

In this article, I’ll be looking at both the Fossil Fiona and Coach File Bag. Both bags have good designs and are worthy of your investment quality-wise.

However, let’s assume we’re here to choose just one brand of bag. So, which one is better? Which brand should you go for? Find out in the following paragraphs:

Fossil Fiona vs Coach File Bag/Crossbody Comparison

The Fossil Fiona and Coach File Bag are crossbody bags that are extremely popular. These two bags are well-known, popular, and well-designed.

There is a lot of debate around both on which one is better. In this section, I’m going to be comparing both brands on several factors including, price, quality, material, and more.

If you’re looking to purchase a Coach or Fossil bag soon, you should read this section to the end.

Picture of the Fossil Fiona Crossbody Bag

Picture of the Coach File Crossbody Bag

Leather Material

The Coach File Bag is made out of coated canvas material with material trim. The Fossil Fiona, on the other hand, features a nice, soft leather for the exterior.

The leather on the Coach bag is thick and sturdy but doesn’t stretch. That’ll help it keep its shape longer, depending on what you normally store in the bag.

The Fossil leather stretches a lot, which makes it easily accommodate more items.

However, it’s important to not store items in them more than their capacity so it doesn’t lose their shape or tear prematurely.


The Coach bag comes with just one front pocket while there are two front pockets on the Fossil bag.

The Fossil back also has a zip on the pocket if you want to close it off.

If you have a lot of small items, like keys, pen, phone, etc., that go around with you, I think the Fossil back is much better.

With two pockets, you’ll be able to store more items. And since it is zippered, your items are securely locked with no risk of falling out while you’re in motion.

The Coach bag, on the other hand, has only one hole, which doesn’t have a zip. Thus, it’s not as practical as the Fossil bag.

Again, when you check the back of both bags, the Fossil bag again has a superior design.

At the back of the bag is located another pocket that can keep a few extra items. Coach, however, is bare on the back. This to me says that the Fossil back is going to take more items overall.

Design, aside, Fiona is going to hold more items than Coach.

That may be because the Coach is more structured and taller and more slender while Fiona is slouchy and the leather expands a little.

So, when you put things inside the bag, it stretches and accommodates more stuff.


Both bags have a wall zippered pocket on the right side and twin slip pockets on the left side, which don’t have any zip.

However, there is a subtle difference here, which also helps determine the bag with a better design.

The storage space inner pockets in the Fiona bag go all the way down to the base of the bag, which means more space to store your things.

Unlike the Fossil Fiona bag, the inner pockets in the Coach bag stop halfway down, which restricts the type/number of items you can store there.

Therefore, Fiona is more generous in terms of size and space. Again, that’s a good point for Fossil.


In terms of the hardware, there is some sort of similarities between both bags. The Fossil bag has a kind of antique gold/brass color.

Coach’s bag is also gold but has a shine to it, compare to the brassy gold on the Fossil bag.

In terms of quality and durability, both are quite similar. How long they last will depend on how good you’re with the maintenance of your bag.


In terms of quality, both bags are good. As long as you get yourself the original and not the fake of both brands, you should be in good stead.

You’ll probably come across a lot of reviews favoring one above the other, which is fine, but I consider it subjective.

Color Options

Fossil is generally good for one thing: their bags come in varieties of colors.

The Fossil Fiona Crossbody has the most varied color options. Coach isn’t even close. I counted over 12 colors from just looking at the bag on the official website.

The Coach File Crossbody, on the other hand, has just one color. If you’re looking for a specific color for your wardrobe, I believe Fiona is clearly the right choice here.

The only area I can see Coach getting recommended is when it comes to price. Personally, I find items that are aesthetically pleasing better.

I don’t want to be stuck with a bag that’ll get tired of wearing within a short time. So, if you’re like that, you know the bag that’s better.


If you’re on a budget, I’ll like to break it to you that the Coach bag is cheaper.

As you probably have seen from the above comparison, the Fossil Fiona bag beats Coach on a lot of fronts.

But you can’t buy what you can’t afford, right? What I’d say is that if you can afford it, then go for the Fiona Crossbody.

However, if your budget is tight, you can choose the Coach.

Frequently Asked Questions on Fossil & Coach

Is Fossil a luxury brand?

No, Fossil is not a luxury brand. The brand isn’t a luxury brand like Coach, but a casual, stylish, lifestyle brand for nicely made handbags and purses.

Are fossil bags worth it?

Yes, their bags are worth it. However, the bags can be expensive. If you’re looking for a more affordable brand, Coach is your best option.

Where are Fossil Wallets Made?

Fossil has manufacturing facilities in China, which is where most of its products are made.

So, that is likely to be where Fossil wallets are made. The brand also has distribution centers in Asia as well as Germany.

Is Fossil a good brand for handbags?

Yes, Fossil has high-quality, color-variety, and well-designed handbags. There are also a lot of options and styles to select from.

Conclusion: Fossil or Coach?

With this comparison, I believe it’s easy to choose between the two crossbody bags I compared.

Even if you’re going for different bags from both the Fossil Fiona and Coach File Bag, I believe you’ll take away some tidbits from this comparison that’ll help you decide.

Don’t forget it’s highly important to choose original bags when buying. There are a lot of fakes out there, so keep that in mind when purchasing.

If you’re not sure, buy directly from the manufacturer.

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