We love any collaboration that yields gorgeous bags, but Coach + Billy Reid, which is brand new for Fall 2013, is particularly close to our hearts because of the way it unites two classic American brands. You’re all familiar with New York-based Coach, one of the most enduring leather goods brands in American history, and if you’re not familiar with Alabama-based Billy Reid, we’d like to provide a formal introduction. Reid has been in the fashion game for a while, and he’s particularly highly regarded for his menswear, which bears markings of his southern heritage while still being modern and luxurious. Applying that sensibility to leather goods is an absolute no-brainer.
Reid’s capsule collection with Coach gives him the opportunity to do just that with a wider audience than he’d find for his own indie brand. The pieces, which range from $298 for a leather billfold to $20,000 (yes, that comma is in the right place) for an all-alligator tote, are a totally luxurious tour through the meeting of Reid’s sophisticated southernism and the modern urbanity that Coach tends to bring to its men’s leather goods. The combination works out exceptionally well – check out the best bags from the collection below and shop the full selection via Coach.