Want it Wednesday: Coach Rogue in Suede

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Coach Rogue SuedeWhen we first shared news of the Coach Rogue Bag, many of you (myself included) fell for the bag. Under the direction of Stuart Vevers, the designs at Coach have taken on an entire new life: a very approachable and stylish vibe that has countless celebs, fashion stars and, of course, consumers rushing to add the brand’s bags to their collection.

I’ve stumbled upon different versions of the Rogue–there are so many–but when I saw the grey suede version, I found myself saying, “Oh yeah, that’s pretty!” I know the days are still hot and summer isn’t over yet, but now that I’m back in NYC for a little while, I’m anxiously awaiting fall and can’t wait to feel the chill in the air. With that in mind, I need to change out my bags a bit. Suede can be a tricky, and if you wear dark denim, the indigo dye can easily transfer to the suede, but that’s part of the reason I like this grey hue–it will hide wear better than a lighter suede.

I love the spaciousness of the Rogue, plus the leather handles and optional leather shoulder strap. There’s something about a great grey bag that always intrigues me, and this one is the latest piece on my mind. The interior is lined in suede as well, and the overall dimensions are 12.25″ x 9.75″ x 5.5″. There is a long (and growing) thread on the PurseForum about the Coach Rogue Bag as well, if you want to hear what others are saying and see the pictures they’re sharing. Buy this version via Coach for $795.

Coach Rogue Bag in Grey Suede

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New Arrivals: The Disney x Coach Collection is Here

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Just landed: Disney x Coach collaboration has landedJust landed: The Disney x Coach collaboration has landed

Coach 1941 celebrates 75 years of American quality with a new collaboration with iconic brand, Disney, featuring the signature Mickey Mouse character. This lineup features leather accessories, t-shirts, bags and sneakers. Starting today, the collection arrives online and in Coach stores worldwide. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Disney collaboration below and shop the rest on Coach.com.

Disney x Coach Mickey c101 SneakerDisney x Coach Mickey c101 SneakerDisney x Coach Mickey Charm BraceletDisney x Coach Mickey Charm BraceletDisney x Coach Mickey Dinky Crossbody BagDisney x Coach Mickey Dinky Crossbody BagDisney x Coach Mickey Kisslock Glovetanned Leather BagDisney x Coach Mickey Kisslock Glovetanned Leather BagDisney x Coach Mickey Moto JacketDisney x Coach Mickey Moto JacketDisney x Coach Mickey Rainger Leather BackpackDisney x Coach Mickey Rainger Leather BackpackDisney x Coach Mickey Leather Saddlebag 23Disney x Coach Mickey Leather Saddlebag 23Disney x Coach Mickey T-ShirtDisney x Coach Mickey T-Shirt

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A Closer Look at Coach’s Spring Bags and Accessories

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Coach Legacy Mini Tanner Crossbody

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The piece: Coach Legacy Mini Tanner Crossbody

Why we want it: As we get farther into Fall, and the temps start to drop, I end up swapping my handbags for crossbodies so my not-yet-gloved hands can stay warm in my pockets. This season, I'm choosing this leather Coach bag — more lightweight and compact in size than its namesake tote but still able to fit all my day-to-day essentials — to carry me through. The burgundy is perfect for the season, but it comes in enough colors to make this a year-round accessory.

And, I don't think I'm the only one opting for the brand: this week, a new study revealed a rise in luxury sales was due to an increase in shoppers making purchases at "affordable luxury" brands like Coach. In fact, 69 percent of you told us you'd rather buy a bag like this now than save for an ultraluxe version later. So, what are you waiting for?

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This Pretty Little Coach Bag Is What My Spring Wardrobe Needs

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When Stuart Vevers transformed a portion of NYC’s iconic High Line for the Coach Spring 2016 show, I knew we were in for something special. Everything from the set to the music to the setting gave us a very floral infused 70s vibe and this translated into every item walking the runway.

Stuart showed prints on prints for much of the collection, and while I don’t usually opt for that combination for my personal wardrobe, I fell in love with the tiny floral prints on bags. I found the Coach Saddle 23 Bag in printed haircalf and knew this was the bag my spring wardrobe needs. Many floral prints are a bit too much for my liking, with light pastel colors and overly-obvious florals, but the flowers on this bag are compact and work so beautifully with the black background.

The bag reimagines Coach’s iconic 1972 Pouch in haircalf with the prairie floral print atop. Dimensions are just right for everyday use, 9″ x 7.75″ x 3.45″ and the strap adjusts with the ability to wear short, long, or crossbody with five-hole adjustments.

This bag shows what the new Coach era is all about, edginess mixed with tradition, and I love it. 

Coach Saddle 23 Bag printed haircalf

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Reed Krakoff “Suspends Operations,” is the Latest Big, New Brand to Encounter Trouble

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Late last week, Women’s Wear Daily reported that Reed Krakoff would suspend operations while in pursuit of new investment to keep the line afloat. While the news itself is a surprise, it’s not shocking that something was up at Krakoff’s company; it’s the third young, well-known brand in the past several months to either partially or completely shut down. There’s a reason for that: shoppers just aren’t buying ready-made “lifestyle brand” marketing.

With this news, Krakoff joins the somewhat inauspicious ranks of C. Wonder and Kate Spade Saturday; C.Wonder shut down its operations completely in February, liquidating its inventory and closing all its stores. Some thought the brand might survive as a wholesale business, but owner Chris Burch chose to try his luck elsewhere. Kate Spade Saturday also closed its stores, but for now, it plans to have a home within the existing Kate Spade website and retail stores.

With both of those brands, and now with Krakoff, at least part of the problem seems clear: Fashion customers are too savvy to buy into a ready-made “lifestyle brand” story when the brand has not already demonstrated its value and proficiency in some way first. Going full speed ahead into accessories, shoes, jewelry, frangrance, ready-to-wear and handbags (and in C. Wonder’s case, home decor) is too much, all at once, and all the unpleasant seams of fashion marketing show. The customer recognizes that she is being sold something and simply doesn’t know why she should care, and brands are doing a bad job of proving their case.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have young success stories like Mansur Gavriel, Edie Parker and Charlotte Olympia. All three started out with a very specific, narrow line of products (minimalist leather bags in neutral colors, bright acrylic clutches and whimsical footwear, respectively), and once customers responded positively, then each brand started to extend its reach in careful, well-planned, relatively conservative ways. So far, each brand has done a strong job of retaining its first fans while building its customer base and business.

The approaches taken by each of these sets of brands are at opposite extremes of the spectrum, and at this point, the savvier of the two is clear. Fashion customers won’t just buy anything put in front of them with a slick logo and a promise of luxury, and even in the case of Reed Krakoff, where many of the products were top-notch and the designer was an indsutry vet, a slower burn likely would have yielded a healthier business, in the long term. You have to let the customers come to you.

There’s a bit of hope for Reed, though. WWD reports that there’s still product in the pipelines and although the brand is closing its Madison Avenue store in the next few weeks, it will continue to operate its Soho store, Woodbury Commons outlet and its website for as long as possible–the hope is that the brand will be able to find new investment quickly and then pivot to a more “accessible luxury” model. It’s a market that Krakoff knows well, as the longtime creative director of Coach, and one that we hope he’ll be returning to with new funding soon.

When and if Krakoff resurrects itself as a brand, though, we hope it will be with a more measured approach. Customers have always been excited about his bags, if our comments section is any indication–we hope he will start there.

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