I’ve been so in love with the Coach Borough Bags since they first debuted, and since I added one to my collection, the bag has made its way into my regular rotation. Even salespeople at high-end stores have asked question about my Borough, and when I noticed how much attention it’s received, I realized I needed to give it a spot in our Purseonals lineup.

This bag is a different direction for the brand, but celebrities and longtime Coach lovers alike have let the Coach Borough onto their arms and into their hearts. See how it scores in our Purseonals ratings below. (more…)

When you live in New York City, you get used to encountering a lot of unique things in your day to day life. You’ve been shoo’d away from movie sets by underpaid PAs while simply trying to get to work, you’ve seen style bloggers plying their trades with their photographer-boyfriends on the way to brunch, and you may have even spotted the legendary Bill Cunningham shooting street style in his blue smock. It can feel like living in Disney World sometimes, but ultimately, it’s part of why we pay so much to live here. If you were in a particular part of NYC last week, you got to spy on the outdoor photo shoot for the Coach Spring 2014 ad campaign. (more…)

If its Fall 2013 collection is any indication, Coach would like you to reconsider your ideas of what kind of brand it is. That applies to everyone, both fans and skeptics, and Coach is prepared to back up that request with everything from brand new, totally chic handbags to lines of outerwear and leather apparel that are so sophisticated and luxurious-looking that they would be right at home on a front-row Fashion Week attendee. At this rate, that’s exactly where they’ll be.

The Borough Bags are just the start of Coach’s next era, which expands on the brand’s leather goods heritage into apparel categories that Coach is approaching anew. That’ll include things like handknit sweaters and butter-soft Spanish lambskin for cigarette pants and skirts, plus outerwear based on legendary American fashion pioneer Bonnie Cashin’s original designs for the brand. Even the Coach logo gets a new life in this New York-inspired collection, which is a feat unto itself when a company’s logo is so widely recognizable. It’s hardly the only impressive move in the collection, though, which extends to menswear and accessories as well. We’re just scratching the surface with some of our favorite urban-modern looks below; the Complete Coach Look can be found via Coach.


Coach Complete Look 5

Coach Winter Classic Long Trench Coat
$1,598 via Coach

Coach Winter Classic Long Trench Coat

Coach Borough Bag
$548 via Coach

Coach Borough Bag Pebbled Burgundy
Coach Complete Look 2

Coach The Large Clutchable Bag
$798 via Coach

Coach The Large Clutchable Leopard

Coach Handknit Aran Shawl Cardigan
$798 via Coach

Coach Handknit Aran Shawl Cardigan

Coach Leather High Waisted Trouser
$1,298 via Coach

Coach Leather High Waisted Trousers
Coach Complete Look 3

Coach Urbane Crossbody Bag
$268 via Coach

Coach Urbane Crossbody Bag

Coach Wool and Scuba Fitted Car Coat
$998 via Coach

Coach Wool and Scuba Fitted Car Coat
Coach Complete Look 1

Coach Horse and Carriage Sweatshirt
Available soon via Coach

Coach Horse and Carriage Sweatshirt

Coach Ocelot Haircalf Bow Glove
$158 via Coach

Coach Ocelot Haircalf Bow Glove

Coach Lawrence Heels
$398 via Coach

Coach Lawrence Heels

Coach Madison Jeweled Leather Clutch
$458 via Coach

Coach Madison Jeweled Leather Clutch
Coach Complete Look 4

Coach Wool Fitted Basic Coat
$1,198 via Coach

Coach Wool Fitted Basic Coat

Coach Urbane Bag
$698 via Coach

Coach Urbane Bag Black

Coach Leather Bow Gloves
$128 via Coach

Coach Leather Bow Glove
Coach Complete Look 6

Coach Shearling Felt Combo Moto Jacket
$2,398 via Coach

Coach Shearling Felt Combo Moto Jacket

Coach Madison Kimberly Carryall Bag
$398 via Coach

Coach Madison Kimberly Carryall Bag

Coach Sexy Leather Skirt
$898 via Coach

Coach Leather Sexy Skirt
Coach Complete Look 7

Coach Long Shearling Moto Coat
$2,498 via Coach

Coach Long Shearling Moto Coat

Coach Handknit Aran Crewneck Sweater
$598 via Coach

Coach Handknit Aran Crewneck Sweater 34-15

Coach’s new Borough bags are HUGE right now – but they’re also very small. Case in point: here’s January Jones, leaving a CVS in LA in a bit of a huff, carrying a Coach Mini Borough Bag. We saw SJP carrying the full-size Coach Borough Bag a couple weeks ago. Even before its official release, the Borough bag had already found its way into many celeb hands, and we have no doubt that the mini will do the same. You can get January’s exact “Oxblood” mini Borough in supple pebbled leather for $378 at Coach.

You can examine the full Coach Borough bag line-up in this extensive pictorial post we presented last week. January has quite varied taste in handbags – she lays claim to a wide assortment of handbags at both ends of the designer pricing spectrum, so the Borough bag fits in well with the rest of her collection, which you can peruse at length in “The Many Bags of January Jones”.

Coach has always been a quintessentially New York brand, with both its historical roots and current business operation on the island of Manhattan, and for Fall 2013, Coach’s association with the city is only getting closer. Not only is the brand launching the celeb-beloved, much-anticipated Coach Borough Bag, but to celebrate the line’s launch, the company has been following the #CoachNewYorkStories of city residents like Karlie Kloss and Will Chalker.

Coach gave us the opportunity to illustrate some of the most important parts of the PurseBlog team’s lives in New York with the beautiful Borough Bags, and we just couldn’t resist the opportunity. Also, if you’ve been waiting for Coach’s next-big-thing Borough Bags with baited breath, your wait is over: they’ve arrived for your shopping pleasure at Coach.com.


Most of our days start with the subway, but sometimes, you just have to hail a cab and let someone drive you to the office.

The Coach Borough Bag in Polished Calfskin $598 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (10)

The Coach Borough Bag in Leopard $1,198 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (9)

The Coach Mini Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather $378 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (11)

The Coach Borough Bag in Polished Calfskin $598 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (8)

Midtown Manhattan is so energetic and overwhelming that our clothes, bags and accessories feel like chic body armor sometimes.

The Coach Borough Bag in Leopard $1,198 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (12)

Inside the office, it’s important to take a little bit of time to play games.

The Coach Mini Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather $378 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (13)

What a lot of visitors to New York City might not realize is that right outside of town, New York has a bounty of natural beauty to offer.

The Coach Borough Bag in Leopard, $1,198 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (2)

The Coach Borough Bag in Leopard $1,198 via Coach

The Coach Mini Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather $378 via Coach

The Coach Large Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather $798 via Coach

The Coach Borough Bag Lives a Day In the Life of PurseBlog's New York Story (6)

Yes, there’s even a pumpkin patch or two, perfect for celebrating a beautiful fall weekend.

The Coach Large Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather $798 via Coach

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If you’ve been hoping that American handbag stalwart Coach would do things a little bit differently, your time has come. Last week, we got a peek at the Fall 2013 version of the Coach Borough Bag (that should be landing at Coach.com any minute now) on the arm of none other than accessories tastemaker Sarah Jessica Parker, and now Coach Spring 2014 reveals that the new design will be the foundation of its forthcoming season.

I still can’t get over how little the Borough Bag looks like a “Coach bag” in the traditional sense. Even when Coach makes a really great bag, the design tends to always be clearly underpinned by details and designs from the company’s design history. Heritage is important, of course, but with a brand that elicits the kind of strong opinions (both negative and positive) that Coach does, displaying a little bit of creative dexterity can mean all the difference in expanding your market. In fact, that’s the lesson that Louis Vuitton is learning right now.

The modern, practical Borough Bags, in all their sizes and colors, are the clear winners of the season for Coach, and the line also includes a bunch of roomy totes and a few surprisingly sophisticated dome satchels. To check out all the bags from Coach’s preview, which will be available by early 2014, check out our gallery below. To shop Coach’s current selection, head on over to Coach.com.

Here’s Sarah Jessica Parker in NYC with her kids, carrying an as-yet-unreleased Coach Borough Bag. The Borough collection is brand new for Fall 2013 for Coach, and even though it’s not out yet, it should be available soon. This collection has a noticeably more modern and sleek vibe than most other Coach bags of the very recent past, and seems decidedly less, well, Coach-y. While you bide your time waiting for this invigorating new collection to drop, you can shop Coach online, of course.

The Purseblog team should have more info about the Borough collection available to our readers on the blog next week! Coach has done an extremely skillful job placing these new bags in the hands of the right celebs thus far: Karlie Kloss, Lea Michele and model Liu Wen have all recently been seen carrying bags from the Borough line. There’s scarcely a better way to drum up excitement for a new line of bags, and we’re excited.

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.

I’ve never thought of anything as a “commuter bag” before, but if you live in a place where much of your moving about is done by public transportation, you know one when you see one. No matter whether the bag will be carried by a man or woman, it needs to have plenty of space, multiple pockets, a full top closure and a strong, comfortable shoulder strap, at the very least. True to its name, the Coach Legacy Utility Flap Commuter Bag has all that and more. (more…)

Actress Rosario Dawson was recently spotted greeting fans and just being an all-around nice, normal, reasonable human being in downtown NYC. On her arm: a teensy black Coach Classic Shoulder Purse, which is a ridiculous steal at $198. (If that price doesn’t scream “IMPULSE BUY”, I don’t know what does.) It also comes with a pair of big, honking signature tassels, not seen here on Rosario’s bag. You can get this glove-tanned leather mini crossbody at Coach, natch.

What’s Rosario Dawson up to these days? Well, when she’s not looking adorable in fedoras and wingtips, this chick is acting non-stop. Rosario has a ton of projects on her plate this year, and she’ll soon reprise her role from the insanely popular graphic novel movie adaptation Sin City in the upcoming sequel. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will hit theaters in 2014, a full 9 years after the original.

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