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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.
It’s not like the Vogue brass haven’t gotten behind the auction site before, but if you weren’t lucky enough to snap up any of the CFDA/Vogue You Can’t Fake Fashion totes that went on sale last month, this might be your next chance at the magazine’s wares.
Get an actual taste of NYFW by way of this collaboration between Reed Krakoff and Laduree.
Do you know which pair of designers have a vacation home with an 18k gold guest room? How about who boards a $60 million yacht when he needs to take a break his ten other homes around the world? Or whose NYC townhouse used to house twelve separate apartments? Find out all this and more in our ultimate guide to the over-the-top real estate of our favorite fashion designers…the only thing that remains to be asked now is “When can we move in?”
The CFDA Awards are the fashion world’s version of the Oscars, which means there are winners and losers and lots of red carpet action. Who walked away with Trovas?
Today Mitt and Ann Romney appeared on CBS‘s This Morning to talk about Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, and a slew of other political things. And Ann wore a super expensive bird t-shirt.
Another day, another stellar look from Michelle Obama. The first lady joined President Obama last night at the Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony, where she wore a purple (or navy blue?) dress from Coach creative director Reed Krakoff.
Coach creative director Reed Krakoff, the guy who wants you to stow your gym shoes in a $4,500 bag that has his name on it, went back to school yesterday to sit front row at aParsons‘ annual student fashion show. And afterward he told us he was really impressed with what he saw coming down the runway.
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.
The nominees for the Council of Fashion Designers of America‘s 2011 awards ceremony are set, and the list is more or less a roster of the coolest kids working in the industry. And when we say kids, we mean kids. Because for the most part, this year’s nominees are pretty young. Also: Lady Gaga was nominated!
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.
Cintra Wilson‘s review of the new Reed Krakoff store on New York’s Madison Ave. is the first thing we read this morning, and it will more than likely be the wittiest, funniest, most incisive item of fashion journalism we’ll read all week.
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.