Back when I first became aware of Coach handbags, they were known for excellent workmanship, timeless design and a lifetime guarantee. I coveted the elegant, classic bags like this one that would have satisfied my equestrian aesthetic, yet would have been at home in an urban or corporate setting.
Then a few years ago, something happened. In pursuit of the twenty-something, logo-crazed market, they jumped the shark with the crazy C logo canvas bags in mud brown or jellybean colors, heavy horse-sized hardware and logo patchwork prints that were the visual equivalent of a jello-shot hangover. The Legacy line continued to feature the basic sturdy bags that Coach was known for, but there seemed to be no middle ground, and few offerings that could be considered stylish and chic.
The powers-that-be at Coach seem to have come back to their senses, and are returning to a sensibility closer to my own. Suddenly I’m seeing bags from this brand that I would definitely carry, and probably for many seasons. (Click on pictures for details.)
Who needs a Fendi baguette when you can carry this little number (with a very comfortable shoulder strap)? Parker small flap, $278.
I’m a sucker for a kisslock. This satchel, also from the Parker line has three compartments, lovely soft leather, and is available in several colors including this butter yellow, light violet, and classic black. $458.
From the Madison line, this mildly metallic pleated tote would be a stylish work bag, $458.
For those who prefer a simple hobo, this one from the Zoe line ($398) reminds me of my very first Coach “bucket” hobo. Yes, they still are hung up on the horse clips, but at least on these bags they’re functional.
I love the style of this Addison satchel (at $698, one of their pricier bags) and especially in this show-stopping pink, which up close is slightly more mauve and less bubble-gum than it appears in the pictures.
Sure, they still offer plenty of cheap-looking logo prints and questionable detailing, but Coach seems to have remembered that bags with classic styling can be stylish too.
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