coach: old + new

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Coach is one of those brands that, in my eyes, can do no wrong. You might remember how ecstatic I was when I found a vintage shoulder bag at the Hell’s Kitchen flea market last year. Well as it turns out, it wasn’t a 70s piece, but an original Dinky bag from 1980.

Ah well, I was happy to be proven wrong. Particularly because I made the discovery at the Coach store on London’s New Bond Street. I was there to view the SS12 collection, but I did get slightly waylaid by the old vintage pieces on display…

Now, don’t fret. If you keep scrolling, there’s some of the covetable newer treasures for you to have a look at too. I’m loving the colours and the details of next season’s collection. It makes me think – as I write this on a dismal Tuesday afternoon heading into a long, bitter winter – that there will once again be light at the end of the tunnel.

Oh, and I couldn’t resist putting in a huge note of congratulations to Emily Johnston of Fashion Foie Gras. This indomitable blogger is about to release the bag she designed alongside Coach. Now that’s both ace and rad-tastic, right?

the old

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The 'Dinky' bag on display in store.

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The 'Dinky' bag I bought last year for $15.

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The vintage Coach bag I coveted at the Williamsburg flea last month. It was $200. Probably because I was in Williamsburg.

the new

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Thank goodness for happy colours.

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This is what beautiful materials and design looks like.

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I could not keep my hands off...

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You can't see it, but I'm pulling an 'I want them all' face behind that camera.

And now, from one fashion Goose to another…

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Who's that? Goose, the cat?

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Congratulations, Emily! We can't wait to see it.

For more information on Coach, visit the website or pop into one of their stores:

Coach New Bond Street
41-42 New Bond St
London W1S 2RY
44 (0) 20 3141 8901

Coach Westfield Mall
Westfield Mall
Space 127 & 128, Ariel Way
London W12 7GF
44 (0) 20 3141 8900

And to win a ticket to meet Emily from Fashion Foie Gras and celebrate the launch of her new bag, click here.

All images © Kate McAuley

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