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.
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.
We already gave you a behind-the-scenes look (plus a giveaway, make sure you enter!) at the making of Karmin’s video for Coach, and now we have the pleasure of debuting it for you. With the end of November, there is no better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than with an upbeat and catchy rendition of the ever-popular Sleigh Ride. Karmin covers it like no one can, with Amy rapping and Nick playing the trumpet, this is a tune you will be jamming to all weekend. Like their looks? Shop the Rachel Zoe styled Karmin Coach Holiday shop on Coach.com.
I’m not sure if you realized, but up until a couple seasons ago, Coach didn’t make clutches. They had every other bag to fill any collection, including tons of wristlets, but they didn’t make clutches. I remember going to their Fall 2012 preview way back in February, and the company was buzzing about the introduction of clutches, an integral design to any brand’s book.
No, you haven’t traveled in some kind of time warp back to Monday. (How cruel would that be?) Yes, these are man bags. Just like men’s oversized watches, oxfords and loafers have become a trendy (not to mention totally chic) option for women in recent years, a men’s bag can also add a fresh, slightly unexpected element to an ensemble.
Louis Vuitton may have pioneered the idea, but now handbags designers collaborating with high-profile artists is all the rage. Everyone from Dior to Coach has given it a shot, and in the case of Coach, it seems as though the company has judged such collaborations to be a roaring success. Fresh off of a much-loved menswear teamup with Hugo Guinness, the American handbag company has tapped New York artist James Nares to lend his prints to a collection of totes that will debut a week from today.
Coach x James Nares will feature the artist’s signature waves, which he paints on huge canvasses while hanging from a harness above them. Coach has translated those pieces into a set of six tote bags, each of which will be made in limited editions of 175. The leather-trimmed canvas totes will retail for $798 when they hit Coach stores and Coach.com on April 20. Check with your local store to see if they’ll be receiving pieces from the collection, or better yet, sign up for notification of the bags’ arrival at Coach.com. More images of the collection after the jump. (more…)