Coach is making a pitch for Father’s Day shoppers with a lineup of hand-crafted baseball gloves, bats and wallets that will be available in select Coach stores on Saturday and shipping from coach.com in early June.
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The made-in-the-USA gloves and bats were created in a range of vivid hues, inspired by the color-blocked designs of Coach’s current summer collection of Bleecker bags. The limited-edition wallets, in a run of just 200 units, are fashioned from actual vintage baseball gloves.
The stylish sporting equipment is a throwback to Coach’s early heritage in the game. “The origins of Coach go back to our founders’ love of the special patina and softness of baseball gloves,” said Jeffrey Uhl, senior vice president of men’s design at Coach Inc. Many of the company’s bags and wallets today are made from a leather unique to Coach called “soft port” that is designed to resemble a worn-in baseball glove and its burnished highs and lows of coloring.
The Coach baseball gloves are produced in partnership with Massachusetts-based Valkyrie and come in seven different colors retailing for $348. They will be available in 128 Coach stores in North America, as well as in some international markets.
The bats were made in collaboration with Texas-based Warstic Bat Co. and come in four hand-dipped colors. The handles are wrapped with Coach leather and tagged with a laser-etched brand emblem. Retailing for $248, they will be available in 11 Coach stores in North America.
The heritage baseball glove billfold retails for $348. Each of the 200 stamped and numbered units is constructed from a vintage baseball glove that has been unlaced, cut to shape and pieced together to create the wallet. The same design was offered last year for Father’s Day.
To brand its affiliation to America’s pastime, Coach has installed in its 57th Street store in New York a sculpture created from dozens of baseball bats by artist Tolland Mansfield and Brooklyn-based Arc Fabrication Studios. The company also tapped photographer Steven Sebring to shoot its baseball gloves using his signature 360-degree technique that utilizes 100 digital cameras, capturing the gloves being thrown in the air for coach.com.