Think of superior quality leather goods and you may immediately recall Italian names and brands. But here’s an American company trying to change your views on leather ware. Coach Inc. is a luxury leather goods company based out of New York. Their expertise in crafting iconic ladies handbags has given us the popular ‘Duffel’ bag – an original Coach design. Coach also offers a variety of luggage, briefcases, wallets and other accessories.
Coach Duffel Bag
Founded as Gail Leather products in 1941, the family owned business operated out of a Manhattan loft with 6 workers who made hand-made small leather goods like wallets and billfolds. In 1950, Miles Cahn – a leather handbag manufacturer took over the business and created a process to make leather stronger, but softer and supple. He also introduced a deeper-tone in colour. Mrs Cahn suggested making ladies handbags and the sturdy cowhide bags were an immediate hit in the leather goods market.
Coach handbags however went through a revolution in design when Bonnie Cashin joined the company in 1961. The sportswear pioneer introduced side pockets, coin purses and brighter colours to Coach bags. She also designed matching leather shoes, pens, key fobs, eye wear and other accessories like the silver toggle clasp, which became the Coach hallmark.
Toggle clasp – Coach Hallmark
During the 70s and 80s, the demand for coach bags boomed to such an extent that the company had to restrict supply to just a few handpicked vendors. Coach bags had become exclusive and became a household name in America. In 1985, the Cahns sold their successful leatherware business to Sara Lee Corporation for about $30 million! This brought the Coach leather factories, 6 boutiques and its flagship Madison Avenue store under Sara Lee’s Hanes group. From 1996, Coach bag’s success is credited to Reed Krakoff, whose designs put Coach bags under the limelight globally. As of 2012, there are 602 Coach stores in the USA and Canada alone. The online store, www.coach.com was launched in 1999, opens access to Coach bags, clutches, wallets and other accessories, from wherever you are in the world.
Check out these designer leather Coach Bags:
Add some class to your accessories wardrobe with this navy blue Madison East/West Tote bag in Saffiano leather. The go-anywhere coach bag has got ample room for everything you need on the go. The leather handles are sturdy enough for daily use.
Delicately crafted in pin-tucked leather, this structured satchel coach bag is surprisingly spacious. A long strap is added for convenience. Must have in your summer wardrobe.
For those who love classy minimalistic styles, this mini Borough Coach bag in pebbled leather is an easy pick. Perfect styling for formal work wears.
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And for those who love hands-free cross body styles, this Black Coach bag in two-tone python embossed leather is a good choice. The envelope design handbag is crafted in smooth leather and polished hardware.
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You just can’t say no to the Hobo bag – they are spacious, convenient and stylish. This lightweight Coach bag is made from smooth Italian leather. The slouch style is a must-have for everyday elegance. It also features a detachable shoulder strap for hands-free convenience.
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Looking for party wear options now? This slim Saffiano leather Coach clutch bag will be good choice. Also features a delicate shoulder strap for convenience.
Here are a few ways to style these elegant Coach Bags.