19 posts tagged "Coach"
In June 2014, after 16 years at Coach, Reed Krakoff will step down from his post as president and executive creative director in order to focus on his growing eponymous luxury line, reports WWD. “I’m excited to focus exclusively on the RK brand and to embark on the next phase of my career,” said the designer. Chairman and chief executive officer Lew Frankfort credits Krakoff with helping Coach evolve from an American leather goods house to a leading international brand. Coach, which announced that it was repositioning itself as a lifestyle label this past January, is currently on the hunt for a new creative director. The house also revealed that it is looking into “strategic options” for the Reed Krakoff range—which it owns and launched in 2010—that may include a “sale to a group in which Krakoff would participate.”
Earlier this year, Coach teamed up with British linocut artist Hugo Guinness on a collection of leather goods. To follow suit, Coach has brought on New York-based artist James Nares for its latest handbag collaboration.
“I was aware of the success of Reed [Krakoff]‘s previous collaborations with other artists whose work I admire, and was excited by the prospect of doing something,” the painter and filmmaker tells Style.com. “So, naturally I didn’t hesitate when Reed asked me if I would be interested in collaborating on a project.”
Nares translated his signature single-stroke paintings to fashion by imprinting double-layered white canvas Coach totes with five of his brushstroke pieces (complete with his signature on the Coach leather story patch). The limited-edition bags ($798), available in black, blue, green, pink, and red, will be available in select Coach stores and on Coach.com on Friday.
Alex Kramer was a staple in the society pages during the mid-aughts, swanning around charity galas in beautiful gowns. But these days you’re likelier to find Kramer scrutinizing fabrics in a makeshift home atelier, working on her new eponymous clothing line, which touches down exclusively on the sixth floor of Barneys today. Her debut Spring collection, ranging from $250 to $1,100, features refined basics like sleek knit sheaths with lambskin paneling and sporty cigarette trousers. “I hate to use the word ‘useful,’ but it’s stuff you want to wear every day,” Kramer, who previously worked as head of visuals for Luxuryfinder.com and designed a capsule collection for Carlos Miele before launching her own line, told Style.com at a showroom preview.
For Fall (which will be sold to other retailers in addition to Barneys), Kramer and co-designer Brian Stanziale (who hails from Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Coach) articulated the well-received leather-detailed T-shirts and expanded offerings with on-trend, croc-embossed cardigans as well as practical outerwear. Noteworthy here was a cashmere-blend coat with a detachable silver fox fur collar. “I didn’t really buy anything this year, so this second collection was really about the pieces I personally want and need,” said Kramer.