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.
Reed Krakoff Handbags and Purses
If you’ve been a longtime reader of PurseBlog, you know that the team loves the Reed Krakoff Boxer Bag. I’ve found it intriguing from the moment I first laid eyes on it, and I still do. On top of that, I love hearing about collaborations, no matter how big or small, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Reed Krakoff created two Valentine’s Day ready colorways exclusively for LUXUP.com.
Here’s the lovely Kerry Washington, star of ABC’s Scandal and films like Django Unchained, carrying a striking ecru Reed Krakoff Kit XL Clutch as she strolls around NYC. Kerry looks so polished in this pic – note how that oversized clutch really ups the ante of a business-casual day look. (Throw a tote on her instead, and that woven multi-color dress would look almost beachy.) This exact clutch is no longer available (single tear), but you can shop an extensive selection of Reed Krakoff clothing, bags, and shoes at Net-A-Porter.
With the runaway success of the Reed Krakoff Mini Atlantique, it was only a matter of time until the Boxer got the same miniaturized, hands-free treatment. Thus, we present the Reed Krakoff Micro Boxer for all of your warm-weather crossbody needs. Think of it as the fun-size alternative to your everyday office bag, compliments of Reed Krakoff.
Other than being proportionally smaller, the bag also has one other detail change you might notice if you’re a fan of the full-size Boxer: the belt on the front is fastened like a traditional belt instead of “tied” in the signature loop.
In the short life of the Reed Krakoff brand, its namesake has well proved that he knows a thing or two about the kinds of handbags that women want to buy. You would think that we would have guessed that about him going in; after all, Krakoff is the head of none other than American handbag behemoth Coach, a brand that just keeps on growing and improving under his leadership.
Last week was quite a doozy, and while many of us who were out of power and inconvenienced by Superstorm Sandy are back in the office today, many are still completely displaced (please donate to the relief efforts).
Among the more luxuriously displaced was Anna Wintour, who left her Greenwich Village townhouse and briefly moved into the Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side to weather the storm.
And in order to own the above alligator version, I’d probably have to do that literally – rent payments would have to go toward a bag mortgage of some kind. (Feel free to make up your own joke about how New York City apartments are tiny anyway and insert it here.) The Reed Krakoff Alligator Uniform XL Satchel might be worth it, though, particularly if I can get an air conditioner installed in there.
Last night marked the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. To be invited to join the CFDA is an honor, but to be chosen as a nominee and then win is a major feat. That’s why we’d like to send huge congratulations to Reed Krakoff for winning Accessory Designer of the Year at last night’s ceremony. The CFDA awarded him with this honor because they felt he has made the most outstanding contribution to the market and has influenced the direction of accessory design with his Spring and Fall 2012 Collections.
Anyone who’s stepped foot inside the accessories section of a department store in the past few months has probably realized that bright colors are a certifiable Thing (with a capital “T”) for Summer 2012, and I have to say, ladies and gents, I’m not mad at it. We talked about yellow bags quite a bit yesterday, and while I still find myself on that bold, sunshine-y bandwagon a full 24 hours later, I felt as though a bright bag in a different shade deserved a spotlight all its own: the Reed Krakoff Gym Bag in a hue that the company calls “zephyr green.” It sure feels like a breath of fresh air to me.