This Coach leather handbag is a beauty. I like it because it’s not made of the fabric that has the stylized “C’s” on them like Chanel’s in the repeated pattern of brown on beige, which I find sopoforic. This one is understated and elegant, with an embossed leather tag and a metal logo plate on the front of the bag.
(I’d appreciate it if anyone can tell me what model this is and from what collection and year. I lost the product tag.)
I love the way the buckles were rendered, along with the unusual addition of the rings, and the gathered tucks on the front that add a touch of interest. The pockets on either side of the bag exterior are practical and useful.
Detail of YKK zipper and leather zipper-pull, along with a look at the lining, lavender-striated fabric. The zipper separates, allowing the bag to be opened fully and used as a top-open tote. It’s a convenient feature; I like being able to stretch the bag wide.
Here the zipper has been disengaged, showing the roomy interior, with a leather tag sewn to one side of the lining, a zippered pocket, and two open pockets on the other side for a cellphone and other items.
Coach was founded in Manhattan in 1941 as a family-run leather goods workshop. Through the decades, it has made a name for itself as a supplier of fine quality handbags and other such items. But in the luxury goods business, its pricing range and current cachet label it as “aspirational”, though this perception may be fostered by its high-end competitors such as Louis Vuitton and Hermes.
Yet its attention to craftsmanship, quality, style, and reasonable pricing place Coach among the best brands one can acquire.
UPDATE, 5 June 2011: Many thanks to Julie for identifying this bag! (Follow her on Twitter @FPNOkami for fountain pen/paper/ink/related news)
It’s a Coach 15147 East West Gallery leather tote in Mahogany, an outlet/factory store item from 2010. It also comes in taupe,black, and tangerine leather, and in Coach’s signature Optic jacquard fabric.