Coach is a leather goods company, and a bag brand at heart.
That was the case at its spring ’20 show during New York Fashion Week, held on New York’s famed High Line elevated walkway just outside the Hudson Yards headquarters of the brand and its parent company Tapestry. At the Coach show, Creative Director Stuart Vevers showed another collection filled with vintage, youth-inspired pieces (it still seems as though Vevers watches a lot of “Stranger Things”) for American kids (or nostalgic grown-ups). The bags included.
The brand had a buzzy week outside of NYFW, with the announcement of Tapestry CEO Victor Luis’s departure and the naming of Jide Zeitlin as his temporary replacement. Coach also announced its new handbag line, Coach Originals, which launched at a separate cocktail event on Friday ahead of the show. Focusing on sustainability, the line goes back to many of the classic Coach shapes from the ’90s and offers pieces that are either restored (entirely vintage), remixed (old materials are pieced together in new, creative ways) or remade, in which classic styles designed by Coach’s former creative director Bonnie Cashin are created as new silhouettes. The new bags walked the runway in a variety of primary colors and neutrals; in Coach’s evolving conversation on Americana, they are still something that the customer can really hold onto.
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The brand usually does a variety of sturdy boots, but this season there were none to be seen. In place of them, sandals, sneakers and an ’80s-esque kitten heel walked the runway, which was dotted with celebrities like Jemima Kirke, Rowan Blanchard, Megan Thee Stallion, Quincy Taylor Brown and Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan.
The sandals were simple, in tanned leather with a wide toe strap and ankle closure plus heritage hardware (with a few anklets for decoration). The sneakers had a Chuck Taylor silhouette but with wide velcro straps holding them in place instead of laces.
Color-blocked kitten heels at Coach 1941 for spring ’20.
See Coach’s 1941 collection on the runway for spring 2020.