From their humble beginnings with six artisans in a Manhattanan loft to today, when the brand’s most impressive collection to date is available around the world, Coach has remained dedicated to the core principles of innovation and craftsmanship.
When the Fall 2016 Collection hit the catwalk at London Collections Men, we once more saw this perfect balance between modern-day innovation and inspiration from the past. Leather jackets, bags and incredible accessories, pieces that raised the profile of the brand in the beginning, have been reinvented, re-engineered and improved as skills and techniques advance.
Yet what sets Coach apart from other brands is their ability—and desire—to not eschew old techniques when new ones come along, but rather adapt age-old leather working techniques to the standard of modern manufacturing. As a result, the techniques used today, although modernised, still resemble the intricate practices of the past.
The multi-step processes through which each design goes before hitting the shelf, is constantly refined and rethought. Coach has cultivated a reputation of unrivalled luxury, and this means that even if it takes twice as long to craft their products, they don’t compromise quality.
Many of their designs have been finished by hand—a touch that very few in the luxury sector have carried through to modern day. Durability is the cornerstone on which Coach has built their business, and even now, each piece is made to last with the finest materials designed specifically to age with strength and style. Their signature glovetanned leather is made to get better over time and develop a character all its own.
Late 1970s hip-hop and workman style inspired the latest collection, but at the heart of Coach’s ready-to-wear, bags and accessories are the techniques and materials that they have refined since they were founded in 1941. These aren’t styles that anybody could have crafted and their quality shines in every detail.
All images were taken exclusively for our Coach x Gentleman’s Journal collaboration. Model: George at Select Model Managements, photography by Adam Fussell, styling by Holly Macnaghten, grooming by Sergio Alvarez, hair by Sven Bayerbach.
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