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When Reed Krakoff joined Coach sixteen years ago, the brand was an iconic, yet relatively sleepy force in the fashion industry. Today the designer announced his decision to step down from his post, and Coach has transformed into a $4.76 billion behemoth contemporary accessories brand, boasting over $1 billion in sales per year and the kind of mass appeal that makes its logo ubiquitous from the malls of Middle America all the way to Madison Avenue. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Coach handbags are consumer catnip, and we’ll be watching with interest to see where the brand next once Krakoff moves on. For now, however, let’s take a look back at the legacy he’ll leave behind.
In the 1950s, Picnic was the sexiest movie anyone had ever seen. In Dirty Dancing, Baby and Johnny practiced their moves in a wooded knoll. Even Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler got in on the action in Armageddon (remember the animal crackers on her belly scene?). Picnics have long been one of the most romantically fab ways to spend a spring day, so we’ve stored up all that cinematic inspiration and served you a recipe for the perfect outing.
It’s always spring in California, and last night, celebs like January Jones, Ariel Winter, Katy Perry, and more took advantage of the great weather to support the Children’s Defense Fund at a Coach shopping party in Santa Monica.
Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful pastimes” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing Coach Love
In order to ring in the holiday season in style, Coach teamed up with “organized noise” duo Karmin and then had Rachel Zoe style them for a super-cute gift guide.
Coach has just won a historic $257 million judgement against cybersquatters selling knock-off Coach wares. Unfortunately, the company won’t be able to collect the cash because it’s impossible to physically track down the individuals running the sites and make them pay. However, the silver lining here is that Coach now has control over more than 573 domain names that were used to sell fakes.
A whopping 67 fashion executives earned more than $5 million in 2011, but only six of them were female. And the top female earned around $40 million less than the top male.
I’ve never been to a carnival, but I have to been to a fair, so I expected the usual sloppily dressed crowd, rigged games, and fried food at Wednesday night’s Coach “carnival” on the Highline. I should have known it would be fancy.
Gwyneth Paltrow is the new face of Coach, and the result is oh-so-blah.
From everything we know about Kate Middleton to Kate Moss getting naked for Vogue, if you missed something last week, we’ve got you covered.
Get ready to add to the list of reasons of why you have a love/hate relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow. The all-American actress (and singer?) has landed a deal to be the face of the Coach brand. Just not in the United States.
Don’t call it a comeback! In some of the most exciting shopping news we’ve heard in a while, Coach is teaming up with Net-a-Porter to relaunch several of its most iconic designs as part of a capsule collection exclusive to the site. As any vintage aficionado knows, an old-school, ’70s Coach bag is like the holy grail of thrift shopping — and this throwback collection is about to make questing for it a whole lot easier.
This week saw the reemergence of John Galliano, the pervasiveness of Lady Gaga, and the continued dominance of the royal wedding. There were all sorts of bans (tanning! saggy pants! burkas!), a couple of lawsuits, and a contrived J. Crew “controversy”. There were even jean underpants!
Is nothing sacred anymore? First Christian Louboutin‘s red soles get copied (twice!), and now Jo-Ann Fabrics is peddling a fabric that looks like it’s covered in Coach‘s “Signature C” logo. As such, Coach is taking legal action against the company.
This week we attended an exclusive preview of Coach‘s fall collection, and we can only describe our reaction as really, really impressed. Not one logo in sight, we love the rich colors, beautiful leathers and daring texture combinations that punctuate the offerings.
A recent study of the amount of web traffic driven by 20 luxury labels placed Coach ahead of the pack, with 39 percent of total online market share. But when Luxury Daily, a luxury marketing news site, reported on the study, it cited Gucci and Burberry as the luxury brands that dominated the group.
Snooki already garners the most press of her Guido and Guidette compatriots, and now she’s found herself in the middle of a luxury brand turf war currently being waged by Coach and Gucci – and brought to light by the inimitable Simon Doonan.
While there are few brands considered as iconically American as Coach — Tommy Hilfiger perhaps, Perry Ellis, and the recently resuscitated Halston are a few of the frontrunners — there are also few who seem to struggle with their sartorial identity as much as the brand famous for their logo-printed bucket hat. That may sound cruel, but it’s one of the things we’ll forever associate with Coach. And that’s a problem.
When it comes to counterfeit goods, we’ve heard of brands suing stores, brands suing Google, and, heck, even brands suing other brands, but we’ve never heard of brands suing an entire city. But according to a recent complaint, that’s exactly what Coach has decided to do.
It looks like Coach has caught fashion blogger fever. The brand has announced a new style blogger collaboration project, which debuts exclusively on Coach’s website on May 19th.