Coach is America’s biggest homegrown accessories brand, not to mention arguably the world’s most important contemporary handbag brand, so we always pay attention when there’s a new Coach collection to see. That’s especially true since creative director Stuart Vevers launched Coach 1941, the company’s more fashion-forward and luxurious offshoot, and the Coach 1941 Fall 2016 collection, which just launched on Coach.com, demonstrates exactly why.
No matter your gender, Coach’s men’s bags are a collection worth paying attention to, and that’s especially true when the brand reaches out to one of its favorite artists for a collaboration. Earlier today, Coach debuted its Men’s Spring 2017 1941 collection, and for a very limited time, you can buy a selection of the bags, accessories and ready-to-wear straight off the runway, including many pieces hand-customized by celebrated Los Angeles-based artist Gary Baseman.
Fashion, as an industry, takes itself very seriously. When designers try to have fun, they often lose their footing and go full-on into kitsch that just doesn’t feel very luxurious; designing pieces that feel both playful and expensive is harder than simply going whole-hog into the obvious trappings of high aesthetics.
Revamping a brand is no small or simple task, but Coach‘s Stuart Vevers has one important thing on his side: history. Coach is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the brand recently launched two capsule collections: Coach Vintage, exclusively at Barneys, and Coach 1941 x Opening Ceremony, exclusively at…well, I bet you can figure that one out.
Based on the comments many of you left on our posts about Coach’s Pre-Fall 2016 and Fall 2016 collections (and based on how quickly the limited edition NYFW versions of the bag sold out), plenty of you have been anticipating the arrival of the Coach Rogue Bag, and we have some good news for you: the first 11 regular-release renditions of the Rogue have arrived at Coach’s website for your shopping pleasure.