An exclusive new collaboration is bringing back vintage bags from the ’70s and ’80s, each updated with a modern twist.
With a history spanning 75 years, it’s little wonder that Coach has racked up such a following. Having pioneered iconic shapes and innovative leather treatments, the leather-goods brand has a long list of greatest hits when it comes to their signature bags. So as Coach marks its diamond anniversary this year and its new direction under creative director Stuart Vevers, Barneys is thrilled to be partnering with them on Coach Vintage, an exclusive capsule collection that celebrates a few of the must-have styles from decades past—but with a modern twist applied to each.
Focusing on three of the brand’s most iconic bags—the Stewardess, the Dinky, and the Duffle—Coach Vintage is a collection of authentic vintage pieces collected from around the world in a months-long search. Each of these bags was originally created by Coach in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, and then sent out into the world to live their well-loved lives. The brand then scoured flea markets, vintage stores, and online auction sites to collect the bags, which were sent to Montana for restoration before coming back to their New York birthplace for hand-embellishing and detailing. The updates included the application of fringe as an homage to the American west, stripes to celebrate classic Ivy League style, or rip-and-repair, a process that hearkens back to leather baseball mitts that inspired the brand’s founders in 1941. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.
“This feels like the perfect way to honor our 75th anniversary, by bringing together our heritage with something new in one project,” Vevers recently told Harpers Bazaar. “It was lots of fun creating these pieces for Barneys.”
For the inside track on the project, The Window paid a visit to Coach’s midtown headquarters to see firsthand how the project was pulled together. After a private tour of the archives led by Coach’s senior archives manager Jed Winokur, we were lucky enough to see how the updating process was done by hand to each bag. Scroll on for a closer look at both, then check out Barneys to add one of these unique bags to your own collection.