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Stone Mountain handbags are recognizable by their distinctive design, craftsmanship and affordability. Begun in 1978 by Kenny Orr and Dave, Stone Mountain uses fine leathers and centuries-old tanning techniques, making these handbags durable as well as fashionable. The Stone Mountain logo is embossed on each handbag, and features include adjustable shoulder straps, satin lining and plentiful pockets.

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Examine the handbag for quality craftsmanship. Fine, soft leathers are used in Stone Mountain handbags, including pebble and glove leather. Other fashion handbags may be constructed from hard, rigid leathers. The lining is made from colorful fabrics such as satin, which adds to the luxurious feel. Convenience and accentuation on style are hallmarks of these handbags, with features including adjustable shoulder straps, two-tone leather design and metal-tone hardware. Functional pockets are also characteristic of Stone Mountain's hobo, bucket and shoulder bags. These styles appear in the Vagabond, Reflections and Heritage Bucket Collection.

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Identify the logo. The Stone Mountain logo is embossed in leather on each handbag. The logo consists of a scripted “S” that sits within a square. The fabric Marina collection features a lining with a repeating logo on brightly colored cloth. Stone Mountain also produced a collection of signature-inspired handbags, with “S” and “M” appearing in repetition on the fabric exterior.

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Check the price tag. Stone Mountain handbags are less expensive than other fashion bags, including the higher-priced Dooney and Burke and Coach leather brands, which retail for over $200. The fabric Marina Hobo handbag retails for $14.98, and several fabric choices are available for under $50. The leather Stone Mountain handbags range from $49.99 for the Shop Around Midi collection, to $150 for the Weekend Cross-Body Collection.

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Look for multifunction interior pockets, a detachable interior key ring and cell phone pockets, which Stone Mountain has incorporated into its handbags. Back-slide pockets are available on the Triple Play Hobo style, and and dual-front pockets can be found on the Two Step Tote.

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A copywriter and publicist, Brooke Ashley has been writing professionally since 1998. Her poetic work has been published in "Maverick Magazine" and her Web content is featured on Autogeek.net. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the State University of New York at New Paltz.