In the past several seasons, Coach’s leather goods offerings have become a force to be reckoned with. Sure, the brand has long been popular for its reasonably priced handbags and logo-covered accessories, but as of late, its leather game has been so on-point that I can’t even begin to enumerate the times I’ve heard people say, “I’m usually not a Coach fan, but I would kill to have this bag.” Now it looks like both of the men who brought about that upward trajectory are leaving the company.
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Here’s the ridiculously pretty and perfect Emmy Rossum, carrying her “Bright Coral” Coach Legacy Mini Tanner Crossbody Bag after a lunch date in Beverly Hills, CA. I love this Mini Tanner for so many reasons: the bold, eye-popping spring hue, the lavishly oversized tassels, and the fact that it’s just big enough to fit an e-reader, for starters. But what I especially love is the miniature price tag.
Like we mentioned last week, we were lucky enough to attend the Coach Fall 2013 Preview, and, end to end, it was pretty great. Not only did they give us rosé and salted caramel whoopie pies (if you ever hear me complain about my job, slap me), but the bags were, of course, fantastic. Coach’s events are always fun, but every season, one of my favorite things about the brand’s previews is getting the opportunity to scope out the men’s bags and accessories right alongside the women’s collection, and every season, I come away with a mental list of men’s bags that I’d love to have for myself that rivals my mental list of women’s bags to covet.
Actually, we’ve got two exciting things to debut for you today. First, of course, is a preview of the handbags to come in the Coach Fall 2013 collection, which we scoped out last week at Coach world headquarters. The bags are very much in keeping with the brand’s upward trajectory in recent seasons: a strong group of traditional shapes (for fall, think classic satchels and ladylike top-handles), rendered in rich colors and materials ranging from pumpkin calf hair to matte black metal studs.
Yesterday, it was full-on sunny in New York City. It was also fairly frigid, but the sun made all the difference; for the first time in weeks, maybe months, it feels like spring might really come and all those bright skirts and dresses I’ve been hoarding since last summer might actually see the light of day again. Naturally, that means it’s time start season-pushing with my handbags as well, and right now, no brand’s bags make me want to carry something bright and cheerful as much as Coach’s do right now.
Coach’s artist collaborations have been pretty unbeatable since they began with Hugo Guinness last year. The stalwart American leather brand hooked up with James Nares next, and now Coach has come up with a collection of men’s (but they’re unisex, let’s be real) bags and small accessories with Brooklyn-based street artist Craig Costello, also know as KRINK. Coach x KRINK just dropped at Coach.com, and you’d be well advised to start stocking up if this particular variety of street-wise luxury tickles your fancy.
A couple times a year, Vlad and I attend previews of forthcoming Coach collections. In addition to seeing the bags, I love watching the way the company transforms. The Coach Pre-Fall 2013 collection is no different – the designs are headed back to the roots of the company, with clean lines, simple designs and a focus on the complete product, not just on a logo.
Sometimes when we feature a Look for Less, the less expensive bag was clearly designed in the image of the more expensive bag. That’s one of the duties of mid-priced brands, after all; taking a look that’s out of reach for most consumers, reinterpreting it in the brand’s aesthetic and making it more accessible. That’s not what happened with the Coach Willis Bag and Louis Vuitton Eden Colorblock Crossbody, though – the Willis is a style that was first introduced years ago, and re-introduced several seasons back.
I know, I know – Carly Rae Jepsen most likely scored this bag for free. Here’s the pop starlet o’ the year coming out of BBC Radio 1 Studios with the Coach Legacy Ocelot Haircalf Tanner Tote in tow. That ocelot print really pops with Carly’s cobalt blue coat and crazy, colorful Pierre Hardy Colorblock Suede Ankle Boots ($1350 at Saks).
A have a confession: I am a Karminite. I stumbled upon Karmin Covers a couple years ago on YouTube and immediately became hooked. The YouTube sensation then became a mainstream sensation, and they are blowing it out of the water, song after song, collaboration after collaboration. You may have seen the duo, Amy and Nick, on your TV screen during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and you may have noticed they were decked out in Coach items.