I spoke with another dealer concerning the Express model specifically, and she swears the bags continue to be made in CT.
Leather comes from Italian/Spanish tanneries.
I'll have to make time to drop by her joint to verify.
Dealer claims that as far as Ghurka line, most shoppers go for wallet-type purchases.
Then around Christmas time a wife or three would stop in to pick up the Express bag for their high-rolling hubbies
I'm feeling that No.2 bag