By  on May 15, 2006

NEW YORK — Reed Krakoff is feeling nostalgic these days.

The Coach president and executive creative director is rolling out a higher-priced accessories collection called Legacy that's inspired by fashion designer Bonnie Cashin's work for the brand during the Sixties.

Krakoff had been mulling over the concept for a while and tested it out with a handbag called Legacy, also influenced by Cashin, that is currently in stores. The style is designed in brown or bone pliable leather and features outside pockets and oversized, weathered brass hardware.

"We always get these old Coach bags from the Sixties, and we love the way they look — all worn in, with the hardware beat up," he said. "They were simple and utilitarian, and looked like something that was missing from what we offer."

There are 20 bags, 20 small leather goods items, 10 footwear styles and two jackets in the Legacy collection, which will bow in Coach's 214 U.S. stores, as well as in Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's, in October.

The designs are a fresh take on Cashin's looks and feature an update on her signature brass turnlock, inspired by the closure on her car's convertible top and used on a range of goods, from handbags to outerwear. The leathers, which include exotic skins like ostrich and alligator, also have been upgraded and are hand-burnished to create slight imperfections and a timeworn feel.

Handbag looks include a simple shoulder bag with a flap closure and pockets in various shades of brown, and a pochette done in a colorful stripe — originally designed by Cashin and updated by Krakoff — and trimmed in caramel leather. In footwear, there are boots, such as a black midcalf style with a chunky heel and turnlock detail at the top, and pumps, like a black leather silhouette with a turnlock detail on the wooden heel and a signature striped insole. Small leather goods include wallets designed in the signature stripe and cold-weather items like hats and gloves. There are also a few jackets.

Retail prices for the collection range from $198 for a purse to $10,000 for The Ali bag in alligator.

The Legacy collection will be advertised this fall in a print campaign and will have an isolated selling space within Coach stores. The firm's new capsule knitwear collection, produced in collaboration with Lutz & Patmos under the Coach label, also inspired by the Cashin era, will be merchandised with the Legacy collection accessories.

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