Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coach - Old Favorites from an Old Favorite?

(Photo Credit: Racked)


Some fashion, like exes, are best left in the past. Shiny, new, and exciting though they were at the time, you have different needs now as a Mature, Thoughtful Woman of Substance.

(Stop laughing.)

But while we're on the subject of reliable and classic, if not the most fashion forward, bags this week, an Invisible Internet Friend alerted me to the exclusive sale of Coach "classic" bags on Net-a-Porter, effective today.

Lovelies, I'm torn. In theory, I'm beyond thrilled that the brand, my first true handbag love after a one-off fling with Dooney & Bourke in high school, is bringing back the staples it built its once-impressive name on. I've spent years alternatively waiting for this to happen and belittling them for their style turn from TDF to TTFW.

In practice . . . too little, too late? Not to beat the ex analogy to death, but - sometimes a change for the better takes so long to occur, that you're Just Not That Into Them anymore. Despite the sorta questionable celeb connection and despite my having mentioned this eleventy hundred times already, I recently Pippa'd and have found myself more interested in discovering new, slightly more innovative bags & brands along those lines lately.

Torn as I am, I do find these two new/old Coach options tempting...






Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter








"Field Bag" - again, not going to set the fashion world afire, but then, it isn't meant to. Elegant, practical, yes.

Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter


"Small Leather Shoulder Bag": If the streets of Austin are any indication, this cross-body bag style is still very much a Thing, so this gets those rare, classic-trendy double-double points. It's too small for this snacks n' sippycups toting mom, but at $300 might be just the thing for a very nice graduation gift (to someone else or yourself - I of course being a big fan of self-bag giving).

What say you, fashion enablers? Feels like the first time, or too little (and too much $$) late for Coach to recover?

8 comments:

Belle on Heels said...

i'm hopping on the too little, too late bandwagon. coach was my first designer handbag love, too. but i feel like they've done so much in the past 5-10 years to taint the brand {the rainbow colored belogo-ed bags still burn my eyes} that carrying coach seems kind of passe. for what they're charging, i'll hold out for some ysl goodness.

Kate said...

I like some of their accessories/jewelry that do not have the Coach logo all over. But a lot of the stuff is just way too flashy.

Elle said...

I'm feeling too little too late too. But BOY did I want one of those larger Coach bags (pictured in black). They were all the rage in uni!

Elle said...

um, or is it navy???

LPC said...

There's always another tween around the corner...

thepreppyprincess said...

I hope you don't feel like I have stalked your accessories preferences over the years Miss Pretty, but my immediate reaction upon reading about this yesterday and (then the RueLaLa sale) was: "Hmmm, I wonder what the reaction about this over on Planet Pretty?" Seriously, that was my first thought. True story.

There you have it.
tp

PS: Color me mostly disenchanted on the brand, sadly so, for many of the reasons you and others shared.

Llama said...

I have to agree with Kate 100%~ I would rather they didn't splash their logo over EVERY inch of their product...

The Waspy Redhead said...

My grandmother (a very stylish lady, and probably where I get all of my waspiness) carried lots of coach. When she passed away I got all of her accessories, and I cherish her vintage bags. They are worn in such a lovely way.

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