We’ve talked several times about Coach’s new direction over the past couple of months, but there’s still an impressively large swath of the brand’s current lineup that we’ve yet to explore. (For instance, jewelry—you should really see the jewelry.) Because Coach offers luxury at every price and a totally modern look, it’s an ideal place to do a little bit of holiday gift shopping for a lot of different people on your list, and that’s what we’re here to do.
Coach Handbags and Purses
I’ve been so in love with the Coach Borough Bags since they first debuted, and since I added one to my collection, the bag has made its way into my regular rotation. Even salespeople at high-end stores have asked question about my Borough, and when I noticed how much attention it’s received, I realized I needed to give it a spot in our Purseonals lineup.
When you live in New York City, you get used to encountering a lot of unique things in your day to day life. You’ve been shoo’d away from movie sets by underpaid PAs while simply trying to get to work, you’ve seen style bloggers plying their trades with their photographer-boyfriends on the way to brunch, and you may have even spotted the legendary Bill Cunningham shooting street style in his blue smock.
If its Fall 2013 collection is any indication, Coach would like you to reconsider your ideas of what kind of brand it is. That applies to everyone, both fans and skeptics, and Coach is prepared to back up that request with everything from brand new, totally chic handbags to lines of outerwear and leather apparel that are so sophisticated and luxurious-looking that they would be right at home on a front-row Fashion Week attendee.
Coach’s new Borough bags are HUGE right now – but they’re also very small. Case in point: here’s January Jones, leaving a CVS in LA in a bit of a huff, carrying a Coach Mini Borough Bag. We saw SJP carrying the full-size Coach Borough Bag a couple weeks ago. Even before its official release, the Borough bag had already found its way into many celeb hands, and we have no doubt that the mini will do the same.
Coach has always been a quintessentially New York brand, with both its historical roots and current business operation on the island of Manhattan, and for Fall 2013, Coach’s association with the city is only getting closer. Not only is the brand launching the celeb-beloved, much-anticipated Coach Borough Bag, but to celebrate the line’s launch, the company has been following the #CoachNewYorkStories of city residents like Karlie Kloss and Will Chalker.
If you’ve been hoping that American handbag stalwart Coach would do things a little bit differently, your time has come. Last week, we got a peek at the Fall 2013 version of the Coach Borough Bag (that should be landing at Coach.com any minute now) on the arm of none other than accessories tastemaker Sarah Jessica Parker, and now Coach Spring 2014 reveals that the new design will be the foundation of its forthcoming season.
Here’s Sarah Jessica Parker in NYC with her kids, carrying an as-yet-unreleased Coach Borough Bag. The Borough collection is brand new for Fall 2013 for Coach, and even though it’s not out yet, it should be available soon. This collection has a noticeably more modern and sleek vibe than most other Coach bags of the very recent past, and seems decidedly less, well, Coach-y.
We love any collaboration that yields gorgeous bags, but Coach + Billy Reid, which is brand new for Fall 2013, is particularly close to our hearts because of the way it unites two classic American brands. You’re all familiar with New York-based Coach, one of the most enduring leather goods brands in American history, and if you’re not familiar with Alabama-based Billy Reid, we’d like to provide a formal introduction.
I’ve never thought of anything as a “commuter bag” before, but if you live in a place where much of your moving about is done by public transportation, you know one when you see one. No matter whether the bag will be carried by a man or woman, it needs to have plenty of space, multiple pockets, a full top closure and a strong, comfortable shoulder strap, at the very least.