1941
The company is founded in Manhattan as a small, family-run leather goods workshop.

1961
Owners Miles and Lillian Cahn hire American sportswear pioneer Bonnie Cashin — noted for her use of industrial hardware, leathers and wool — as its first creative director.

1979
Lew Frankfort joins the firm as vice president of business development; he would become chief executive officer in 1995.

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 becomes president.

1986-88
Coach broadens its product mix, expands distribution and starts a rapid retail expansion domestically and in Europe and Asia.

1996
The company hires Reed Krakoff as its creative head to develop Coach as a modern lifestyle brand.

1996
Overall sales top $500 million. The firm signs its first license, with Movado Group for Coach watches. Following soon are phone cases with Motorola, footwear with Jimlar and more.

1999
Coach.com launches.

2000
Sara Lee sells 19 percent of the newly named Coach Inc. to the public through an initial public offering, raising $118 million at $16 a share.

2002
Coach licenses Marchon for Coach Eyewear; its first collection appears in 2003.

2005
Coach unveils its redesigned and expanded flagship at Madison Avenue and East 57th Street. The store, at 10,000 square feet, is the company’s largest to date.

2006
Flagships open in Taiwan and South Korea; Victor Luis joins as president and ceo of Coach Japan.

2007
Coach launches fragrances with the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., with its first namesake scent.

2008
The company opens its first global flagship in Hong Kong, paving the way to wider expansion in Greater China (including Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and the Mainland).

2010
Coach launches in Europe, opens a flagship in Shanghai and opens its first Coach Men’s store on Bleecker Street in New York. Luxottica picks up the eyewear license for Coach.

2011
Coach opens a flagship at 41 New Bond Street in London. To commemorate the opening at No. 41 and its establishment in 1941, Coach unveils the “41 Collection.”

2013
Reed Krakoff steps down as creative director and is succeeded by Stuart Vevers.

2014
Lew Frankfort steps down as chairman and chief executive officer and becomes chairman emeritus. Victor Luis succeeds him.

2015
Coach buys footwear brand Stuart Weitzman; the company signs a fragrance license with Inter Parfums SA.

2016
Coach moves into its new Hudson Yards headquarters in Manhattan and marks its 75th anniversary.

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