When I was in New York last September for fashion week, my friend Nadia took me to Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. It was so old-schooly brilliant. I’m talking trestle tables, tonnes of tat, and bargains a-go-go – it was great to finally be able to rummage somewhere unmarred by hyper commercialisation.
My favourite find was definitely this 1970s Coach satchel. I love that it’s worn, but still in a perfectly functional condition. It’s so well made – there isn’t a broken stitch and the zipper inside glides like it was made yesterday. Yes, the leather is a little scratched and the strap is grubby in places, but that just makes me love it more. Not bad for $15, right?
And, wouldn’t you believe it? Coach has just launched its Coach Classics line, which includes an updated version of this bag plus four other styles originally introduced in the 1970s (click here to see the collection on Net-a-porter). The updated bag is popular with the likes of Susie Lau (AKA Susie bubble), but I think I prefer my beat-up version, and I’m pretty sure my bank balance sides with me on this one.
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