This isn't your grandmother's Coach. The 71-year-old company has decided to freshen up its image and brand (which took a bit of a dive during 2008's recession) by introducing a new "360-degree lifestyle concept": Coach Legacy, a line of handbags, hats, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories aimed at a more affluent and modern customer. “Historically, Coach in the old days was more somber and more straightforward,” said brand president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff. With the Legacy collection, Krakoff seeks to modernize the brand with "feminine, graphic" styles and heftier, more quality materials. While most Coach handbags currently retail for around $299, Coach Legacy bags will start at $178 for small purses, with larger items (like totes) running up to $798. Shop some of Coach's current offerings in our slideshow above, and look for Legacy's release on August 1. Don't forget to browse our guides to the best structured handbags, chain strap bags, and designer handbags.
Let's face it - we all love Fashion Week but every year there are some runway ensembles that we wouldn't even wear if we had a gun to our head. At the shows, we ogle over the obviously chic (oh, hello DVF) but politely keep a poker face when other pieces, so avant garde they look more like traffic cones than clothing, walk down the runways. The Spring 2011 collections were no different; this year, raccoon tops, Tetris pants, and plastic bags were among the low-lights. See for yourself: Shop our guides for the best flat boots, big totes, and heavy scarves for fall. Subscribe to SHEfinds to receive our exclusive email newsletter.
Reed Krakoff, the creative director of Coach since 1996 has been a man behind the brand for years, but now he's stepping out from behind the scenes. This past year, he debuted his first namesake collection (wholly owned by Coach,) at Fashion Week, and this year, he's amping up the brand even more, introducing a new website and flagship shop at 831 Madison Ave. in New York City. The shop and e-commerce will launch Sept. 7, just in time for Fashion Week. Start saving your pennies, girls: his collection is like Coach's grown-up sister, with a big attitude. Don't miss any crucial fashion news--sign up for our newsletter and get it delivered to you (plus get the best sales and deals, too). Then check out our guides to handbags, and fall's hottest shoes: leopard print shoes, nude shoes, and clogs.