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With today’s announcement that Reed Krakoff is leaving Coach after helming the brand since 1996 to focus more on his own line that he launched three years ago, we looked back through our archives to re-read the memorable quotes he gave us about his design philosophy, which has earned him fans like Charlize Theron, Claire Danes, Lena Dunham, and Julianna Margulies. “If clothes can help you see yourself on your best day, why shouldn’t every day be that day?” he previously told InStyle. Scroll down to see five pieces of style advice from the designer who believes that women should feel special every day.
1. FOCUS ON SPORTSWEAR
“When a silhouette or shape is as beautiful as it is functional and relevant, that’s true luxury.”
2. LOVE IT AT FIRST SIGHT
“It doesn’t matter how much effort went into the making of a garment; your desire for it must be immediate. If someone has to explain an item to you, it isn’t working. Sure, it’s a treat to realize that the python skin on a shoe is hand-stained, but first you have to really love it.”
3. DON’T FIGHT THE FEELING
“It’s not enough to check yourself out in the mirror and like your reflection. You want to experience clothing—the fabric against your skin, how it moves when you do. This is what creates true desire. So before you invest in a coat or even a cotton T, see how it feels first.”
4. LET YOUR WARDROBE SPEAK FOR YOU
“Clothes should not only fit your life but also spread the word about who you are. Instead of going out there as someone else’s mannequin, find pieces that let people know you are not like everyone else. It’s good to be tasteful, but it’s even better to be memorable.”
5. BE UNEXPECTED
“Great fashion is all about surprise. It should always be about doing something that isn’t by the book.”
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Since joining Coach in 1996, president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff‘s deft designing skills have transformed the venerable brand from classic and reliable to wildly desirable—and soon he will be leaving it all. The designer announced that he will depart Coach next June to focus on his own eponymous label, a company that he launched in 2010 and quickly became a favorite of celebrities like Michelle Obama, Rachel Zoe, and Charlize Theron. However, his legacy will forever remain—he is credited with being the person who made Coach what it is today, as he consistently delivered the idea that women should feel special through their wardrobe (including Coach accessories, of course). “Clothes should not only fit your life but also spread the word about who you are,” he told InStyle previously. “It’s good to be tasteful, but it’s even better to be memorable.” Krakoff still has more than a year with the brand, so keep your eyes peeled to see what he has up his sleeve for his grand finale.
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Katy Perry, January Jones, Jennifer Morrison and More Support the Children’s Defense Fund, Plus More Parties!Apr 11, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Coach threw a party last night in Santa Monica, and for a great cause! Hosts J.J. Abrams, Katie McGrath, and Bryan Burk took the reigns for the 3rd Annual Coach Evening of Cocktails and Shopping, which raised money for the Children’s Defense Fund, a national organization that works to encourage the United States to improve their policies and programs for children. Jennifer Morrison, January Jones, Katy Perry (in Thakoon), Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Chris Pine were just a few of the stars who mingled, sipped beverages, and shopped Coach’s latest collection at Abrams’ Bad Robot Production Studios, where the fete was held. Click the photo to see more star-filled parties!
One of Hollywood’s most powerful publicists threw a private soiree in her home on Wednesday, and InStyle had exclusive access to the event! Ashlee Margolis co-hosted the bash with scarf label Theodora & Callum, Coach, Shoshanna Swimwear, MyLine Clothing, Beyond Yoga, and shoe designer Matt Bernson, and the party was filled with stars like sultry Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks (in Temperley, Moschino, and Theodora & Callum’s scarf), Hilary Duff (who snuggled up to Paula Patton in Shoshanna), and Anna Kendrick (working Coach’s crossbody), who was the first to arrive. “It is 80 degrees in Los Angeles, so it feels like summer, and this feels like a summer party,” Hendricks told InStyle.com of the event, which allowed stars to try on some of their favorite designs from the popular brands. “Today’s been fun. I’ve just been seeing a bunch of friends. It’s always nice to come to these parties and see the girls you’ve worked with or wanted to work with!” Hendricks proved to be the life of the party, staying for the entire evening and splitting her time between a cozy couch by the pool and mingling with all the guests. What fun!
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— Lindzi Scharf
Here’s an item to add to your Valentine’s Day wish list! Just in time for February 14, Coach is releasing their Coach Love fragrance, an airy blend of mandarin, freesia, jasmine, and sandalwood. “It’s the most romantic fragrance Coach has created,” said Karyn Khoury, Estee Lauder’s senior vice president of corporate fragrance development. “The scent is very streamlined in its construction, but it’s actually quite complex in the number of ingredients used.” Coach Love is housed in a sweet rose gold flacon, and we especially love how the brand’s iconic Cs are formed into a heart to give the logo the Valentine’s Day treatment. Shop the scent, priced at $52 to $92, at coach.com now.
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Coach has a cool new collaboration in the works! The brand just announced a capsule collection of men’s accessories with the special touch of Brooklyn street artist KR, the mastermind behind well-known art supply company Krink. (Fun fact: the name “Krink” came from KR’s graffiti tag plus “ink,” a special permanent paint KR created.) The lineup includes bags, wallets, and iPad sleeves, all adorned with the artist’s trademark drip aesthetic (which can be seen on walls in New York, Moscow, and even in a museum in Brazil) in colors like blue, red, and aqua. They range from $98 to $798, and will hit shelves and coach.com in March.
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Coach is popular for its bags, from C-covered styles to golden-latched classics, and now the brand announced it will have more offerings for its loyal fans to love. Coach’s president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff told WWD that the brand hired Sandra Hill to head up women’s design, which indicates that Coach will release a women’s ready-to-wear clothing collection soon (they already have outerwear and accessories). “As opposed to being an accessories brand, we’re much more inclined to see the brand as telling the story of the total lifestyle, meaning we need to have a way to see Coach in a different way,” he said. InStyle.com reached out to Coach for comment, and they told us it’s true and we’ll find out more information in April. Can’t wait!
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