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July 10 2014

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2 posts tagged "Hugo Guinness"

On Our Radar: Coach X James Nares

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Coach

Coach’s Card Shark

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Coach’s latest trump card? Hugo Guinness. To celebrate its recent teamwork with the British linocut artist, the brand threw a casino-themed bash at the Jane Hotel ballroom last night, complete with a blackjack table, an illusionist, and a house-of-cards builder—a nod to the fact that the collaboration, in addition to leather goods, includes a very covetable deck of hand-drawn Coach playing cards. Guinness quietly occupied a banquette area while Maria Cornejo chatted with friends nearby and Lisa Marie Fernandez tried her luck at roulette. (She only recently got the bug, Fernandez said: “I just got back from the Chanel party in Las Vegas and I won big!”)

For the collaboration, which makes use of both original and archival images, Guinness explained that he’d briefly given up his normal routine of working at home in Brooklyn in order to take meetings at Coach’s Madison Avenue headquarters. Office life, he confessed, seems like a world apart. “It’s very different, isn’t it? There’s a whole protocol there—people come in, and then they disappear again, and you don’t know why they’ve come in,” he said. “It’s just weird, it’s a different world.” But it may start to feel familiar soon enough—Guinness and the brand are already thinking about doing a second project, potentially for the holiday season.

Photo: Courtesy of Coach