When Coach announced that company president Reed Krakoff would be launching a high-end handbag line with prices that are often double those of Coach itself, I think everyone was curious to see if he could pull it off. As it turns out, he’s pulled it off with considerable aplomb, and the classicly luxurious bags are selling quite well and showing up in more retail stores every season.

If the Coach Kristen Spectator Willow Small Shoulder Bag is any indication, the clean, grown-up sensibility of the company’s more expensive line is spilling over to Coach’s bags with fantastic results. The dual exotic textures that accent this dove grey bag are not only on-trend, but they’re subtle and understated in a way that will work for many different types of women.

It’s not just the faux python and croc accents that make this bag a winner, though. The tones of the leathers, the gleaming silver hardware…I’m not usually this gushy, am I? What can I say, I look at this bag and see a $700 Reed Krakoff bag for the reasonable price of about $350, and that’s sort of like getting it on sale. Except not really. Just in my head. But that counts for something, right? Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $358.

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  • Lulugurl

    “What can I say, I look at this bag and see a $700 Reed Krakoff bag for the reasonable price of about $350, and that’s sort of like getting it on sale. Except not really. Just in my head. But that counts for something, right?”

    Definatly counts for something!!! :D

  • 19yearslater

    This is a very sophisticated Coach. Not my style, but it will work well for many ladies.

  • Staci

    Amanda, I totally agree! I’m glad Coach has taken note!

  • Karin bag4bag

    I will never call ‘grey’ a boring color again after seeing this bag. It looks so carefully designed and the mix of textures is just beautiful. Lovely.

  • sosti

    I like it a lot! FINALLY coach grows up. I may make something from this line my new spring and summer bag! Thank you coach

  • Margaret

    At last, Coach is returning to the classic stylings I used to love. I won’t wear something that 13-year-old girls all carry around or that has to scream its brand all over the place. Love the understated look of this.

  • ling

    love the Reed Krakoff touch, though not quite there yet.

  • Marianna

    I love this bag because the leather is beautiful and the styling is clean and on trend. It’s a good size for a small bag at 12″ long. The price point makes it even more appealing.

  • matahari

    agree that I love that Coach is returning to its classic and classier bags. I was so over those crazy poppies and patches. No class. I may even return to Coach now, though i will never leave my Louis Vuittons!!!

  • jaffa

    Seeing your recent reviews of the Kristin line actually made me set foot in a Coach store for the first time in ages. Finally they are making something I am actually considering adding to my collection!

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