21 posts tagged "Coach"
Coach has named its new executive creative director and, somewhat unsurprisingly, it’s not Marc Jacobs. Rather, Stuart Vevers, formerly the creative director of Spanish house Loewe, got the gig, replacing Reed Krakoff, who, two months ago, announced that he would be leaving the company in June 2014 to focus on his eponymous collection. “Stuart is recognized as one of the world’s leading accessories designers,” Coach president and chief commercial officer Victor Luis told WWD. “His passion, leadership skills, and broad luxury brand experience, focused on leather goods, uniquely qualify him to lead the next chapter of Coach,” Indeed, Vevers—who will be in charge of all creative aspects of the brand—has a wealth of hit-handbag experience. Before heading to Loewe in 2008, he held positions at Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, and Louis Vuitton, each of which have strong accessories ranges. The English designer also won the British Fashion Council’s Accessory Designer of the Year award in 2006 while working as the creative director of Mulberry, a role that he held from 2005 to 2008.
Emma Hill, the British designer responsible for the ever-popular Alexa bag, will be parting ways with Mulberry. According to WWD, Hill, who had served as the label’s creative director since 2008, reportedly made the break because of creative and operational differences with management. Having formerly designed handbags for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, Hill did a great deal to build up the Mulberry label, focusing on accessories, English heritage, and clothes that catered to a sophisticated brand of whimsy. (And, of course, who could forget those little dogs she’s become so fond of using in her runway shows?) Due to the fact that her departure comes while Coach is on the prowl for Reed Krakoff’s replacement, the rumor mill suggests that Hill might be up for the job—there’s also speculation that the likes of Clare Waight Keller, 2013 CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year Phillip Lim, and the already very busy Marc Jacobs, among others, are being considered for the position. Hill’s official Mulberry end date is still undetermined, but she has already wrapped up the Spring ’14 collection, which will show in London on September 15.
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.