Coach Designer Handbags, Bags and Purses
Coach is one of the most famous makers of designer handbags in the world, renowned for making some of the best designer handbags at affordable prices. Coach is a family-run business which was established in Manhattan in the USA in 1941.
It manufacturers mainly designer handbags and purses, it nevertheless also makes briefcases, luggage and things such as watches, scarves, belts, sunglasses, shoes and umbrellas, leather bags and wallets. It even has an office furniture department.
It also makes one of the best leather cases for carrying your laptop computer
The leather goods it makes are not cheap but they are not as ridiculously expensive as other famous designer brands. They are also made to extremely high standards and are renowned for the high-quality leather used and the strong rivets (often solid brass).
Coach handbags and their leather goods in general normally last between ten and twenty years, provided you take care of them. There are Coach bags from the 1970s that are still in regular everyday use and in good condition. The customer services provided by Coach is among the best you will ever find, they will repair or restore any Coach product, just send it back to their home office, with a letter describing the nature of the problem.
The 'Coach' label was created back in the 1960s, when Lillian and Miles Cahn, decided to create their own collecion of retail goods. They already owned a wholsesale manufacturing business for handbags, and as they were great admirers of Bonnie Cashin they asked her to become their principal designer. She was too busy however and declined their offer, but the Cahsn said they would wait until she was free. The wait lasted two years but in 1962 Cashin finally started work as the designer for their new 'Coach' brand of designer bags.
Cashin set about initiating a revolution in the world of handbag manufacture. She liked to see her handbags as works of art, and dyed them in her favorite colors : - pink, orange, yellow and green. She also created linings made of outstanding linen from Belgium, cotton from Mexico, she also hired designer Dorothy Liebes to design tweed linings. Before this, handbags, to paraphrase Henry Ford, had been any color as long as it was black or brown. Customers were thrilled by the new shapes, colors and textures. In addition to this revolution in colors, all Coach handbags were made to be useful, having wide openings and outside pockets for coins etc....
Cashin also designed the famous Coach hallmark brass toggle .
Coach is possibly unique among luxury handbag designers as it creates large volumes of bags, thus saving money by economies of scale and obtaining improved profit margins.
Coach's continued success is due in part to its reputation for creating 'affordable luxury'. It manufactures luxury bags but sells them at a price that makes them accessible to a wider number of people.
Its solid reputation ensures that it sells lots of its bags abroad, especially in Japan.
Coach has moved with the times and now also makes an excellent bag for laptop computers called the Connor Brief :
16 3/4 (L) x 11 (H) x 4 1/2 (W)