Insider tip: Coach is about to have an even bigger moment than ever before. First, it hired new creative director Stuart Vevers (fun facts about him here!), then it released a really gorgeous campaign with fresh faces, and, now, it’s stacked the deck with some pretty fab fall bags. As such, when you get the opportunity to plan an outfit around said bags, I’ll be honest with you: You say yes.
While we played, we got to talking Coach memories too, and we’re sharing below (if you think Coach might have a little bit to do with that phenomenon called the wristlet, you’d be right).
Nikki with the Suede Rhyder 33 Satchel
First Coach memory: “Probably how when I first arrived at the University of Virginia, everyone had a Coach wristlet. Just enough space to hold our flip phones, keys, a lip gloss, and head out to Rugby Row.
How she styled it: “I wanted to punch up my navy J.Crew Collection jumpsuit and brown Fendi sandals with a bright bag. I also love the texture play this bag provided against the cotton eyelet and leather.”
Anna with the Studded Tall Tatum Tote
First Coach memory: “The first Coach item I ever owned was a logo wristlet (this one, to be exact) that my mom gave me before I left for college as a surprise so I could keep my money and cards in it when I went to the dorm cafeteria and college parties. I loved it and took it with me everywhere. I’d skip a purse and just grab it on the go. I still have it in a drawer at home because it was such a sweet gift from my mother, combined with all the memories I have of using it.”
How she styled it: “Because I was wearing such a structured dress, I zeroed in on the large tote because I liked the studs and detailed leatherwork—I thought they added some interest and a little bit of playfulness to an otherwise straightforward outfit.”
Me with the Whipstitch Leather Small Dakotah Fringe Flap Cross-Body
First Coach memory: “I’m like these guys—all about the wristlet! Coach bags were the epitome of cool in high school, but I think my mom made it pretty clear I wasn’t getting a designer bag any time soon. When I finally bought my wristlet—a bright orange one from an outlet!—it was pretty exciting. Like Anna said, mine was attached to my body during a lot of college.”
How I styled it: “Naturally, the fringe would make me want to wear this with ripped jeans and a slouchy tee, but I was happily surprised to see that it worked worn over the shoulder with a more proper skirt. For a casual outfit or vibe though, I’d definitely wear it cross-body.”