By  on September 26, 2011

Coach began as a family-run workshop in a Manhattan loft in 1941. The company started with six leatherworkers who made small leather goods such as men’s wallets and billfolds by hand. Five years later, Miles Cahn, and his wife, Lillian, joined the contractor, then known as Gail Leather Products. The Cahns were owners of a leather handbag manufacturing business and were knowledgeable about the leather business.

This story first appeared in the September 26, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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