Coach, also known as Coach New York, is a prominent design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections. The company has a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. One of the luxury accessories it specialized in are handbags. The name Coach is synonymous with effortless New York style all over the world. Let us know more about the history behind the brand and the wonderful handbags that Coach offers.
History of Coach New York
It was in 1941 when Coach was founded as a family-run workshop. It was in a loft located on 34th Street in Manhattan. It was composed of six leatherworkers who made wallets and billfolds by hand. Miles Cahn and his wife Lillian joined the company in 1946. They were owners of a leather handbag manufacturing business. They were knowledgeable about leatherworks and business.
Cahn had taken over the business by 1950. He noticed the distinctive properties and qualities of the leather used to make baseball gloves during the early years of leading the company. He observed that the leather in a glove became softer and suppler with wear and use. He attempted to mimic this process by creating a way of processing the leather to make it stronger, softer, and more flexible by adding dye which is absorbed by the leather very well. It also created a richer and deeper color in the leather. After Miles Cahn developed a new process, Lillian suggested to him that the company supplement the factory’s men’s accessories business by adding leather handbags for women. After this, the “sturdy cowhide bags” were an immediate hit.
In 1961, Miles and Lillian purchased the company through a leveraged buyout. In the same year, Bonnie Cashin, a sportswear pioneer, was hired to design handbags for Coach. He worked for Coach from 1962 to 1974 as a creative head and he was the one who revolutionized the product’s design.
Bonnie Cashin was also the one who instituted the inclusion of side pockets, coin purses, and brighter colors in the products of Coach. Aside from handbags, he also designed matching shoes, eyewear, key fobs, pens, and added hardware to both the clothes and accessories, particularly the silver toggle which later on became the Coach hallmark.
In 1965, Richard Rose joined Coach and was credited with making it a household name after he placed the product in department stores across the United States and other countries. Lewis Frankfort joined Coach in 1979 as vice-president of business development.
Coach was making $6 million in sales during this time and their products were being distributed through the domestic wholesale channel in the northeastern United States. Coach opened its first directly operated retail location on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in 1981.
Miles Cahn and his wife decided to sell Coach Leatherware in 1985 after they determined that they wanted to devote more time to their growing farm and cheese production business called Coach Farm in Gallatinville, New York which they started in 1983. Therefore, Coach was sold to Sara Lee Corporation for $30 million and Lew Frankfort became the new president.
Coach was structured by Sara Lee under its Hanes Group. There were new boutiques opened in Macy’s stores in New York City and San Francisco in early 1986. Later that year, there were additional Coach stores that were under construction and similar boutiques were to be opened later that year in other major department stores. Coach was operating 12 stores along with about 50 boutiques within larger department stores by November 1986.
Lew Frankfort, later on, became the chairman and CEO of Coach. After a year under his leadership, Reed Krakoff was hired. He is creative and his commercial instincts aimed to make Coach products lightweight, functional, and stylish. His designs were able to transform Coach from the relatively small company that it was in 1985 into the worldwide recognized brand that it is in the present time.
Coach continues to be a great brand and aside from creating luxurious handbags, it also supports organizations that empower and educate women and children around the world through the Coach Foundation that was established in 2008. In the present time, the CEO and Brand President of Coach is Joshua Schulman.
The Best Handbags by Coach
If you are looking into buying a Coach handbag, here are some of the best ones we found.
This is a simple but elegant-looking Coach handbag. It features an inside zipper and multifunction pockets. It has a zip-top closure and fabric lining handles with 3 ½ drop. It also comes with a longer strap with 21 1/2-inch drop if you want to carry it as a shoulder or cross-body bag. This bag will definitely match your outfit whether it is casual or formal.
This is a larger handbag that features imported signature jacquard, gold-tone hardware, zip-top closure, and fabric lining. It comes in a brown/black color combination and is printed with Coach logo. It has handles with a 4-inch drop and it also comes with a longer strap that is 22-inch in length. It has pockets inside where you can put your cellphone and other important items. It is a great bag to bring if you are carrying more items with you.
This is a cross-body bag by Coach that is made with sateen fabric with leather trim. It is a limited edition legacy stripe bag. It features a zip-top closure and fabric lining. It also has outside front and back slip pockets. The color combinations of this bag make it look more stylish and suitable for everyday use, matching your casual clothing.
This is a soft pink pebbled leather bag with silver-tone hardware. It has a lined interior with a zippered pocket and two open slip pockets. Its top fully zips closed and it has a single handle with a drop of about 7-inch. It also comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap. It is a simple but stylish bag that will match your dress or even your casual outfits.
This mini Bennet satchel by Coach comes in black color and features gold-tone hardware. It is made of cross-grain leather. It has a zip-top closure and fabric lining. It has a handle with a 4-inch drop and also comes with a detachable longer strap which is 23-inch long. It features interior zip, cellphone, and multifunction pockets. It is a simple and elegant bag that you can bring on formal events and in the office.
This is a great choice for those who carry lots of items every day. This is a tote shoulder handbag by Coach that features signature jacquard with smooth leather details. It has a zip-top closure and fabric lining. Its handles are 8 ¾ long and it also has a cellphone and multifunction pockets inside where you can place your valuables.
This is a really cute and stylish leather Coach bag that is floral printed outside and plain colored inside. It is reversible, giving you a choice on which side to use. It is a spacious bag that is suitable for students and workers who carry lots of items daily. Its handles are 9.5-inch long and it also comes with a removable pouch for additional storage.
The Madison Exploded Reps Carlyle bag by Coach will definitely add power to your look. It has a turn-lock strap closure and two flat carrying handles. Its exterior features a signature hangtag charm. It has a lined interior that has a center zipper compartment, one zip pocket, and multiple slip pockets. It is a dashing bag that will add to your style.
You can stay cure and casual with Coach’s Devin Signature Stripe Tote bag. It is a handbag that features the Coach signature print all over. It also has PVC straps, metal Coach key chain, two inner zip pockets, two inner slide pockets, and a single stripe in contrasting color. You can definitely carry lots of items with this spacious bag.
This signature handbag is a perfect everyday tote. On its exterior, it features Coach’s signature print. It has drawstrings on both sides and it features the Coach logo as well. It has a snap closure that opens to soft inside lining, middle zipper compartment, and as well as open and zippered pockets that will help you keep your things organized.
These are some of the best and luxurious handbags by Coach that we found. Coach indeed holds high standards when it comes to materials and workmanship which results in the highest quality products and signature styles.