In 1961, an American designer made history when she introduced industrial hardware like brass toggles and zips onto clothes and bags. She also revolutionised the way women carried their daily necessities around by introducing matching coin purses attached to bags as well as inner zipped compartments.
Her name was Bonnie Cashin, and she was the chief designer of Coach. Her vision was simple – to make fashion practical.
Fast forward 51 years, and her name is still very much part of Coach’s identity, especially with the launch of the Coach Legacy collection for Fall 2012, a collection that re-introduces Coach’s archival pieces but with a modern twist.
A highlight of the Legacy collection is the Duffle (pictured above), first made famous by Bonnie Cashin in 1973, in a practical though dull camel brown shade. The latest version however, is like the original Duffle Sac’s more vivacious sister, boasting a plethora of bright colours like cobalt blue, emerald green, sunflower yellow and carnelian red.
The Legacy range continues to adapt from its archives with the cross-body Saddle Bag, the mini Penny bag, the double-buckled Amanda Flap and the Archive Bucket Bag, all inspired from Coach purses of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
There’s more to fall in love with in this Legacy collection. Each bag is either made from Coach’s heritage glove-tanned leather or a hardy pebbled leather, and accompanied by a tassel – the Legacy’s collection signature.
The Bonnie Cashin influence is woven throughout the Legacy purses, from the use of bold, vivid shades and handy small accessories that matched your bag, right down to the special reissue of Bonnie Cashin designs like the Bucket Bag (pictured below) which she popularised in 1968.
The stars of this season’s collection might be retrospective and simple (no visible Coach logos) but they certainly aren’t in any way old-fashioned, proving that regardless of what people say about cutting-edge design, good old classics still reign supreme.