1941: The company is founded in Manhattan as a small, family-run leather goods workshop.
1946: Miles Cahn joins the firm, known as Gail Leather Products.
1950s: Cahn begins running the factory for its owners. Inspired by the soft leather of a baseball glove, he develops a process to make leather supple and flexible yet strong. The Coach brand of sturdy cowhide purses would soon be introduced and become the company’s signature luxury trademark.
1959: The horse-and-carriage logo bows.
1961: Miles and Lillian Cahn buy out the factory’s owners, whose names have been lost with the passage of time.
1961: Coach hires American sportswear pioneer Bonnie Cashin — noted for her use of industrial hardware, leathers and wool — as its first creative director.
1962: Cashin’s first collection of fully coordinated handbags and accessories under the Coach brand, dubbed Cashin-Carry, makes its debut. She innovates with brass toggle hardware on bags, side pockets, colorful leathers and other accessories. She also introduces sportswear pieces under the Coach brand.
1964: The Coach Turnlock is used for the first time on handbags.
1973: The Duffle, which would become a brand hallmark, is introduced.
1974: The Coach lozenge hangtag first appears across the entire line.
1979: Lew Frankfort joins the firm as vice president of business development.
1980: The brand publishes its first catalogue and begins a mail-order business.
1981: Coach opens its first store, a 450-square-foot shop on Madison Avenue and 64th Street in New York.
1985: The Cahns sell Coach to Sara Lee Corp. for a reported $30 million; the brand’s sales are about $19 million at the time. Frankfort takes over as president.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
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24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews