New York City is a place like no other. It’s the city that never sleeps, the culture and fashion capital of America, the country’s most populous city and the hometown of Coach. When the brand asked us if we’d like to take its newly streamlined and utterly chic Coach Madison Bags on a tour of the city that both we and the company call home, we couldn’t resist. Beautiful bags, beautiful backdrops, our beautiful city – what’s not to love?

If you’re a longtime Coach fan, you might notice that these Madison bags look a little different than their counterparts from previous seasons. That’s for good reason – Coach has moved the Madison line on to the next chapter in its story, and the look is modern, luxurious and totally sophisticated, just like New York itself. To celebrate this new look, we criss-crossed Manhattan in search of the spots that captured the spirit of these new bags, and below you’ll find what our labors yielded. To start your own adventure with Coach Madison Bags, shop the full line at Coach.com.


New York City is known for its shopping, which is, of course, an activity that’s near and dear to our hearts. First up on our tour of the city was a stop at the Coach women’s store on Bleecker Street in the West Village, where we shopped for a Coach Madison Gathered Twist Leather North-South Satchel. $598 via Coach starting September 21.

A chic metal watch like the Coach Tristen Two-Tone Crystal Bracelet Watch is the perfect urbane accompaniment for a date at the shops. $278 via Coach.

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When you spend as much time outside as New Yorkers do, the perfect pair of sunnies is almost as important as the perfect bag. We’re partial to the Coach Alexa Sunglasses, which can be had for $148 via Coach.

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After picking up some bags, we chose a chic little Coach Madison Clutch and headed over the Brooklyn Bridge to the city’s trendiest borough. The bag, which can also be carried as a shoulder bag with the tuckable chain, can be had for $358 via Coach and the Coach Cut Out Enamel Bangle for $128.

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There’s nothing more relaxing than a sweet treat and a stroll on the High Line on a beautiful summer day. You can pick up the Coach Madison Madeline Spectator Satchel for $458, but you’ll need to find your own baked goods.

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Almost everywhere you go in New York City requires navigating at least one staircase. Even going to the park! Luckily, these Coach Madison Mini Satchels have mastered them. $228 via Coach.

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All those stairs require fuel, of course, and our favorite fuel is an almond croissant and a little bit of coffee. The Coach Madison Caroline Satchel is also pretty refreshing, we think. $658 via Coach.

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Whether you play chess with one of the regulars in Washington Square Park or just enjoy the view from a bench, New York City’s famous green spaces are one of the things that makes this city great. The casual, crisp Coach Madison Caroline Satchel is a perfect accompaniment. $658 via Coach.

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No matter where you are in the city, having the perfect bag to express your personality is a must – we’d like to take a walk on the wild side with this leopard-accented Coach Madison Mixed Haircalf Sadie Flap Satchel, $1,200 via Coach starting August 21.

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As exciting as the city is, one of a New Yorker’s greatest pleasures is going home. In this case, it’s to an impeccable West Village brownstone with a Madison Sadie Spectator Satchel, $498 via Coach. When you get home, you’ll be in a lot better shape if you were wearing a comfortable-but-chic pair of shoes like the Coach Mandy Heels, $225 via Coach.

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  • janenuqui

    I must have that Madison with leopard sides. It’s the love of my life!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      It’s a true stunner!!

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    I really love the animal print too.

  • jennifer

    I have to say that the closure on these bags (some of the new madison ones, with the turn lock and metal rims) reminds very much of what Botkier has had going on with the Valentina for a couple of years now….hmmm…All of this stems from vintage Etienne Aigner from way back, but this doesn’t look so “new”, though their combinations and materials are beautiful.

    • Aly

      I think the metal turn lock closures are evocative of vintage Coach bags; I remember the ones my mom had in the early 80′s pretty much all fastened that way. And if I’m not mistaken Coach was established in the early 1940′s, about a decade or so before Aigner.

      • Jennifer

        The turn lock is classic Coach/Bonnie Cashin, for sure. The new metal clip for the flap does seem very Botkier Valentina. The v clip added to the Coach Style turn lock was Aigner’s contribution to this historical hardware. Lanvin has made this piece of hardware part of their line, as has Botkier. Now it is Coach.

  • Gacats

    That Madison Spectator Satchel is lovely!