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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Coach is always ahead of the curve, partnering with various industry leaders to bring us something special year-round, not just during the holiday season. But the brand’s latest partnership with Rachel Zoe and music duo Karmin has me truly excited. For its Holiday 2012 digital program, Coach pulled out all the stops and brought together the pop sensation Karmin to sing a high-energy version of “Sleigh Ride,” exclusively for Coach.
Spotted: Coach darling Michelle Trachtenberg toting the Coach Candace Carryall in Cognac. Sometimes I’m reminded of how much I genuinely love Gossip Girl, despite the fact that I’ve forgotten to watch the last 2-3 seasons altogether. Someone update me – did Georgina ever make another appearance after baby-dumping on Dan?