With the Coach Pre-Fall 2016 collection, we’re not entirely sure that they’ve managed to pull this off. While the clean design lines and crisp shapes that coach is so well-known for are still very much there, they are for the most part hidden beneath a veritable bouquet of leather appliquÃ© cut-out flowers, patchwork, and colorful black background designs on pony hair which are reminiscent of a velvet Elvis painting at a flea market along route 66.
However, it isn’t all literal retro interpretation. There are still the beautiful flap bags with the brass turnlock closures that Coach has been making for as long as we can remember, this time updated with a sexy chain strap and done in texturized pebble leather. There are also some soft-sided pebble leather top handle satchels with detachable leather shoulder straps that will surely stand the test of time and look as good in ten years as they do today.
Iconic American handbag line Coach has given the fashion media an early-look at their pre-fall 2016 handbag collection, and we’re not exactly sure what to think. While there is absolutely no denying that the 60s and 70s trends have been dominating the runways for the past few seasons, most of the successful collections that have drawn heavily from these periods of reference (like Louis Vuitton ad Gucci) have managed to take design elements from these periods and turn them into modern interpretations of a recognizable retro inspiration.
To us, it is a collection festooned with misses, and a few very solid hits where the designers simply missed the canvas with the leather cutouts, rhinestones, and pony hair.
Thierry Hermès began his career in 1837 crafting harnesses, and from the outset was fastidious in his devotion to materials, quality and craft. In 1880, Hermès and his sons introduced saddlery to their array of products.
In the 20th century, Hermès further enhanced its product range by adding accessories for women, including carrés, or silk scarves, and sacs. The techniques that for two centuries were used to craft the highest quality saddles are still seen today in the ateliers where Hermès craftsmen and women stitch and sew Birkin and Kelly bags by hand.
It takes a single expert craftsman up to 40 hours to produce a Birkin bag. The stitch on which the brand’s reputation is based — the saddle — cannot be replicated by a machine; it takes two needles simultaneously passing through the same seam to produce a Birkin correctly. If done correctly, the saddle stitch will never unravel — either on a saddle or a Birkin.
Hermès International, sometimes also referred to as Hermès of Paris or Hermes, is a French luxury goods manufacturer. It has been consistently ranked as the world’s most valuable luxury brand in different valuation and ranking studies published by leading consultancies. Hermès as a brand enjoys an iconic status in the world of luxury. A combination of rich heritage, exquisite craftsmanship, eye for detail and high levels of quality and professionalism through the entire manufacturing process gives Hermès a position of superiority in the very competitive and ruthless world of luxury.
Hermès is not a conglomerate in the real sense of the word and does not own a portfolio of brands like its key competitors, which include LVMH, Richemont and Kering. Currently, the range of products under the Hermès brand name includes leather goods, lifestyle accessories, perfumes and ready-to-wear.
The leather goods and saddlery category is the biggest contributor to the company’s revenues, followed by ready-to-wear and accessories, silk, textiles and fragrances
Designers are hoping so. At Louis Vuitton, their iconic LV logo print was spotted on a few of their angular new season bags alongside some shiny brass hardware that we’ve not seen in any abundance since the heyday of the “it bag.” At Gucci, designers even took it a step further and rehashed many of the elements of their classic logo bags with their 2018 Cruise collection; cross-body bags made from their classic “double G” fabric, with the addition of the iconic Gucci red and green stripe. The humour infused in these new season bags indicates that perhaps these high-end brands are injecting a bit of levity into their handbag games – as if almost parodying their own logo-heavy successes from “back in the day.”
It seems now even mid-priced bag designers are trying to jump on the logo bandwagon. Coach has just introduced their Patchwork Cross-Body bag with a subtle background of their famous “c” logo. While historically logo prints have really only been an aspirational purchase in more expensive, luxury brands, it is perhaps too early to tell if mid-priced staples like Coach will be able to renew interest on their once-covetable fabric logo bags. I suppose all we can do is wait and see.
Back in the 90s to early 2000s, the emergence of the status bag meant that on any given day, you could walk down the street and see logos staring back at you from just about every handbag slung over just about every shoulder. However, these showy bags soon fell out of favour as our fashion sensibilities turned to the more pared-down minimalism of the late 2000s.
Lately, murmurings in the fashion world are alerting those in the know to the fact that all this may be about to change. If the Spring 2018 runways were any indication of what is to come, we could very well be in for a revival of the logo handbag craze, begging the question, will handbag enthusiasts willing to go along for the ride a second time around?