It’s a season of many firsts for Coach. Not only did Stuart Vevers debut his first full collection as executive creative director, the unveiling of the fall/winter 2014 presentation took place during New York Fashion Week—a first in the brand’s 73-year history.
The verdict? Vevers, who has an extensive background in the luxury leather goods arena (having previously worked at Mulberry, Bottega Veneta and Loewe), remained loyal to Coach’s forte with a wide range of bags, from cross-body purses to clutches. But it wasn’t the bags that had everyone a-twitter, it was the head-to-toe looks—a markedly modern (even, dare we say it, edgy) departure from the past. News flash: Coach is cool.
“Coach has a really unique proposition—beautiful, well-crafted pieces. I want to uphold that but push forward a new aesthetic,” Vevers told InStyle.com exclusively. “It’s time to do something different and new. For me, it was about rediscovering what Coach makes unique, so the collection was about playing the cool urban references of New York, it was about playing the juxtaposition of utility against luxury.”
Though if Vevers had to sum up his line in one word, it’d be: “shearling.” Sure enough, the textile was seen woven throughout, on shoes, on bags, on jackets. And to further drive home his evident partiality to shearling, he names the blonde sheepskin coat (above, right) as his personal favorite.