Renowned sixties pop Artist Tom Wesselmann began drawing cartoons during his enlistment in the army in the early 50s, which dramatically shifted the course of his life. When he returned to college to finish his studies in psychology after his enlistment was over, he received a bachelor’s degree but realized he wanted to do more. Thus, Wesselmann began to pursue a career in cartooning and enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

After finishing his studies, the beloved pop Artist, known for his rejection of abstract expressionism, moved to New York. He became widely known for his boundary-breaking work, creating collages and powerful art that explored nudity through bold compositions, abstract imagery, and pop colors. He is widely known for his Great American Nude series, and now, nearly 20 years after his death, his art lives on, celebrated in a new collaboration with Coach.

Coach x Tom Wesselmann

“The prime mission of my art…is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art.” —Tom Wesselmann

Coach is no stranger to the collaboration game. This time, Stuart Vevers, Creative Director at Coach, was inspired by Wesselmann’s playful optimism and talent for finding inspiration in the most mundane of everyday objects. Vevers worked hand in hand with Wesselmann’s estate during the creation of this collection, which features bags, ready-to-wear, and accessories.

A Joyful Tribute

Pieces from the collection feature bold graphics and prints, which are a nod to Wesselmann’s playful work and overall positive outlook on life. The artist’s colorful work appears atop Coach classics like the ever-iconic and always beloved Rogue bag, the Cashin Carry Tote, the Swinger Bag, and more. The collection perfectly marries Wesselmann’s legacy with Coach’s heritage. Glovetanned leather bags and Coach’s classic jacquard C’s are embellished and splashed with eye-catching motifs from Wesselmann’s work.

In celebration of the partnership and as an ode to Coach’s New York heritage, we took a few pieces from the new collection out for a spin, allowing the pieces to pop amidst quintessential cityscapes. Check out more below, and shop the entire Coach x Tom Wesselmann collection now via Coach.

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Lisa Sior Szunyog
Lisa Sior Szunyog
4 months ago

After 20+ years of investing in high end luxury, I’ve turned over a new leaf and have sold most of my bags. I am keeping only my most coveted and am investing more for quality rather than a label. I am happier with my purchases and my bank account and retirement plans are happier and healthier as well. I will always appreciate the finer things from afar, however with all of the more recent quality issues and price increases, I simply cannot subject myself to those purchases any longer.

Candee
Candee
4 months ago

I came to this conclusion, too. I sold off two bags yesterday with many more to follow. I don’t get the price for wear, they honestly don’t bring me any joy anymore, and I can travel, save and infest the thousands I will reap. For me, it’s become a silly waste of $.

Lisa
Lisa
4 months ago
Reply to  Candee

Hi Candee, I agree. Don’t know what happened..I think the pandemic brought true perspective to my life. I literally had 100+ LV bags in my closet and have sold about 50. I am selling about 35 more along with a few Gucci and others. They were fun for a time but there is no way I will ever get joy out of all of them at once. I forgot that I even had some of them. What a waste. Makes me sad to think about all that money that could have been saved or donated. I am not out to impress anyone but me, myself and I. There is way more to life than high end designer bags although they sure are fun to look at. That is the key though, let others spend and I will just enjoy them from afar for FREE. Have a great weekend!!

SherryS
SherryS
4 months ago

Coach has really made a turnaround. I’m buying a lot these days and I am so over Louis Vuitton. Boring!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
4 months ago

I saw these in the boutique a few days ago. I love bags that are cool and different. However, I’m going to pass on these. I would love one of the jackets, but I’m not paying $695 for one. I wouldn’t get the cost-per-wear out of it.

Bikini1
Bikini1
4 months ago

I love this concept. But I love these comments more. Purse lovers shedding their prized collections..and confessing on Purse blog. ❤️💋

Olivia Penzey
Olivia Penzey
4 months ago
Reply to  Bikini1

Why do you love people talking about how much better their lives are now that they’re not interested in bags…on a site intended for those who love (and purchase) bags. It’s a bit sanctimonious, no? Like people announcing their departure from Facebook groups. Congrats? Lol.

Last edited 4 months ago by Olivia Penzey
Bikini1
Bikini1
4 months ago
Reply to  Olivia Penzey

I do like the Coach collab. I still like my purses.

Olivia Penzey
Olivia Penzey
4 months ago
Reply to  Bikini1

Coach bags are really nice quality these days. I remain obsessed with their glove-tanned leather.

PAMELA WALTER
PAMELA WALTER
4 months ago
Reply to  Olivia Penzey

👍

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
4 months ago

I really like this collection. Especially the Duffle 27 with the cigarette!!! So cool.

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