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brandsFriday, 16 July 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Coach Bags

WORDS BY JADE BROCK

 

It’s been said that everything old is new again, and this idea certainly rings true when it comes to Coach. Having risen from the ashes with a plethora of vintage-inspired pieces that grabbed the attention of both TikTokers and Gen-Zers alike, it’s safe to say that Coach is really having a moment. 

 

Nostalgia has been rising in all areas of fashion — from pleated miniskirts and velour tracksuits to It bags. If there’s anything we should be thankful to Coach for, it’s the label’s ability to combine its archival silhouettes with fashion-forward colourways and modern trends. These handbags give the same warm fuzzy feeling as something familiar — they acknowledge the pull of the past, celebrate Coach’s legacy and authentic New York heritage, whilst looking unwaveringly into the future. 

 

Whether you’re a seasoned Coach pro or wondering what’s the best Coach bag to buy, we’ve rounded up your go-to list of the New York label’s most sought-after bags. Some things are just too good to stay in the archives.

 

The History of Coach

 

Coach’s rich history began in 1941. In a family-run Manhattan loft workshop, six artisans handcrafted a collection of leather goods — inspired by the design of a baseball glove. Much like the sporting accessory, these bags were made from supple high-quality tan leather and featured excellent stitchwork. Using time-honoured skills that had been handed down through generations, consumers were drawn to Coach’s exquisite dedication to craftsmanship.

 

In 1962, the company hired pioneer in American sportswear Bonnie Cashin to breathe new life into Coach handbags. One of her first contributions was a remake of a canvas bag with an attached outer coin purse that had appeared in her own line, in leather. These so-called Cashin Carry bags featured what would become Coach’s signature brass turn-key hardware, and were followed by other hit styles that would reinforce the New York label’s reputation as the accessible luxury handbag brand for which it’s known today.

 

Since Creative Director Stuart Vevers took the reins at the New York brand in 2013, the designer has reimagined the house through the lens of refined Americana. Part of this revamp saw Coach working with celebrities from Selena Gomez to Jennifer Lopez, collaborating with brands like Champion, and creating meaningful videos on societal topics called #CoachConversations.

 

Tabby

 

Coach Pillow Tabby
Arguably the most coveted style in the collection, you’ll know the Pillow Tabby bags from TikTok. It looks like a feat of artful architecture, but feels as soft as its name suggests. The Pillow Tabby comes in two sizes (18 cm and 26 cm) and reimagines the structured silhouette of an archival ‘70s Coach design with plush, ultra-soft leather and wrapped Signature C hardware. It has two detachable straps so you can carry it by hand, style it as a shoulder bag or wear it cross-body.

 

Coach Tabby Top Handle 20
A modern take on an archival ‘70s Coach design, the structured Tabby Top Handle 20 is crafted from a mix of refined leather and polished pebble leather. It’s finished with leather-covered Signature C hardware and has a top handle as well as a removable strap so you can wear it cross-body.

 

Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag 26
An archival ‘70s Coach handbag reimagined with modern details, the Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 is crafted from polished pebble leather. Its compact design features an internal zipped pocket to keep your essentials safe. It also has two detachable straps so you can carry it by hand, use it as a short shoulder bag, or go hands-free and wear it as a cross-body.

 

Coach Tabby Crossbody
A nostalgic silhouette with a now attitude — the Tabby Crossbody is based on an archival ‘70s handbag. It has a compact design with a secure interior zipped compartment and an exterior slip pocket for easy access to essentials. It can be carried as a clutch without the chain strap, or worn as a cross-body.

 

Coach Tabby Bag Size Dimensions

 

Coach Pillow Tabby 18
18 cm x 10 cm x 6 cm

Coach Pillow Tabby 26
26 cm x 15 cm x 7.5 cm 

Coach Tabby Top Handle 20
18 cm x 14 cm x 8.5 cm 

Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag 26
26 cm x 15 cm x 7.5 cm

Coach Tabby Crossbody
19 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm 

 

Cassie

 

Coach Cassie Crossbody
A classic, an icon. The Cassie Crossbody is a structured bag with three organised compartments so you can stow away your everyday essentials with space for an iPad mini, and it closes neatly with the signature turnlock closure. The strap is detachable so you can hold it by the top handle.

 

Coach Cassie Crossbody 19
A compact version, the Cassie Crossbody 19 is smaller than the original and made for days or nights on the go. Finished with the signature turnlock closure, it has three interchangeable straps for versatile styling options (chain, leather and top handles).

 

Coach Cassie Bag Size Dimensions

 

Coach Cassie Crossbody 
25cm x 18cm x 4cm 

Coach Cassie Crossbody 19 
19cm x 16cm x 9.5cm 

 

Willow

 

Coach Willow Camera Bag
Not too big, not too small — the Willow Camera Bag is the perfect hands-free handbag. With ample space for all your daily essentials, it features two zipped compartments, an inside multifunction pocket, an outside slip pocket and a flap pocket secured with the iconic turnlock closure..

 

Coach Willow Bucket Bag
An organisational dream, the Willow Bucket Bag has a streamlined interior featuring one zipped compartment, two open compartments and a snap pocket for small necessities. It fastens with the signature turnlock closure and has an adjustable shoulder strap as well as a longer detachable strap if you want to wear it cross-body.

 

Coach Willow Shoulder Bag
The Willow Shoulder Bag is the ideal go-anywhere handbag with enough room to fit all your daily essentials. It’s crafted from polished pebble leather with an organised interior featuring one zipped compartment, two open compartments and a snap pocket for small necessities. It fastens with the signature turnlock closure and can be carried by hand, on the shoulder or cross-body.

 

Coach Willow Bag Size Dimensions

 

Coach Willow Camera Bag
19.5 cm x 12.5 cm x 7 cm 

Coach Willow Bucket Bag
23.5 cm x 22 cm x 10.75 cm

Coach Willow Shoulder Bag
31.75 cm x 23 cm x 10.75 cm

 

 

Field Tote

 

Coach Field Tote
In a range of sizes and textures, the Field Tote bags come with a lightweight webbing strap so you can also wear it on the shoulder or as a cross-body. There are leather, suede and signature jacquard iterations and each style features a concealed interior popper-button fastening.

 

Coach Field Tote Bag Size Dimensions

 

Coach Field Tote 22 
22 cm x 20 cm x 12 cm

Coach Field Tote 30 
30 cm x 23 cm x 15 cm

Coach Field Tote 40 
40 cm x 35.5 cm x 20 cm 

 

Beat

 

Coach Beat Crossbody Clutch 
Made for going places and doing things, the Beat Crossbody Clutch is inspired by the heartbeat of New York City. It features two organised compartments, a zipped pocket and a secure snap closure accented with a Coach buckle. It also has various detachable straps, meaning endless styling options.

 

Coach Beat Shoulder Bag
Taking inspiration from the upbeat nature of NYC, the Beat Shoulder Bag has three streamlined compartments and a secure snap closure accented with the signature Coach buckle. It comes in two sizes (18 cm and 25 cm) which both feature an interchangeable chain, top handles and detachable cross-body strap for versatility.

 

Coach Beat Saddle Bag
Inspired by the heartbeat of New York City, the Beat Saddle Bag is crafted from buttery soft glovetanned leather. It features multifunction pockets inside, an outside pocket for easy access to essentials and a secure snap closure accented with the signature Coach buckle. It can be worn on the shoulder or as a cross-body if you want to go hands-free.

 

Coach Beat Bag Size Dimensions

 

Coach Beat Crossbody Clutch 
20 cm x 11 cm x 5.5 cm 

Coach Beat Shoulder Bag 18 
18 cm x 15 cm x 7.5 cm 

Coach Beat Shoulder Bag 
25 cm x 18 cm x 10 cm

Coach Beat Saddle Bag
22 cm x 18 cm x 5.5 cm 

 

Coach Originals

 

Coach Dinky 18 
A longtime Coach favourite, the Dinky 18 is a minimalist crossbody-to-clutch bag first introduced in 1973. Reimagined for today, it’s finished with the iconic turnlock closure and has a detachable chain strap for multiple styling options.

 

Coach Swinger
A personal fave of Y2K glam icon, Paris Hilton, the Swinger shoulder bag is arguably the most nostalgia-inducing style. First released in the ‘80s, the updated Swinger features the iconic turnlock closure and a detachable strap if you want to wear it cross-body.

 

Coach Willis
Based on an iconic Coach silhouette introduced in the ‘90s, this top handle bag features the classic turnlock closure and the same dowel frame that made the original a favourite. Carry it by the top handle or attach the strap and wear it cross-body.

 

Coach Lunchbox
Based on an iconic Coach silhouette introduced in 1997, the Lunchbox is finished with an exterior slip pocket and the iconic turnlock closure. It comes with an attachable chain strap so it can be worn cross-body or held at the top handle.

 

Coach Originals Bag Size Dimensions

 

Coach Dinky Bag 18 
17.75 cm x 12 cm x 9 cm 

Coach Swinger Bag 
24 cm x 14 cm x 7 cm 

Coach Swinger Bag 20
20 cm x 12 cm x 6.5 cm 

Coach Willis Top Handle Bag 18
18 cm x 16.5 cm x 9.5 cm

Coach Lunchbox Bag
17 cm x 13.5 cm x 6.5 cm 

 

How to Care for Coach Bags

 

Leather
Extend the natural life and beauty of your leather Coach bags with specialised leather cleaner and moisturiser. Regular use will help preserve both the leather’s suppleness and colour, as well as its unique character. Firstly apply the leather cleaner using a soft cloth, rub it gently onto the leather using soft circles, then wipe it off and let the leather dry for 30 minutes. Next, condition with specialised leather moisturiser, apply using a soft cloth and buff to bring out the leather’s natural shine — it’s like a spa treatment for your handbag. Wipe off, let dry, et voilà.

 

Coated Canvas & Fabric/Jacquard
Bags and accessories crafted in canvas or fabric (including jacquard) can be cleaned with a damp or a soft, dry cloth. Avoid overstuffing your fabric bag as this extra weight can change the bag’s shape over time. Keep it out of the rain and away from water to avoid halo marks. When not in use, use padding in the bag to help it keep its shape, and use a duster bag or box when stowing it away in your wardrobe.

 

Suede
Protect your suede Coach bags with a specialised suede protector, designed to protect suede and nubuck leathers from water, oil and dirt. Apply the protector spray to reduce the risk of colour transfer and help reduce water absorbency, and avoid using your suede handbag in the rain or getting it wet. Store anything that could possibly leak in a waterproof case within your suede bag (i.e. makeup or pens). You can use a dry nail brush to gently dust off your bag — a lot of the dirt you see is often superficial and will come off this way, however if you are ever unsure you should seek professional leather cleaning advice.

 

 

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