The smell of leather always reminds me of my childhood softball mitt. Worn, familiar, folded in just the right spots with deep, soft pockets. I used to hold it up to my face and suck in the earthy scent standing out in the field, waiting for the ball to come screaming toward me.
I couldn’t help but be transported back to that memory as I walked off Fifth Avenue and into the new Coach House. Nubucks and suedes flowed into the air met with high ceilings, dark industrial cool metals, and tall glass windows to filter the light in. Industrial era meets modern.
A dual-offering from Coach’s Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers, in partnership with Studio Sofield, the Coach House is a flagship retail experience (at 20k sq. feet) meant to pay homage to the brands’ extensive story which spans more than 75 years.
Think about it for a moment: We’re talking everything from the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and first man on the moon to The Beatles and MTV. The strength of the brand today is a testament to it’s authenticity. Simply put: beautiful products, well-crafted.
As I took the elevator up to the 3rd floor and worked my way back down, I was impressed with so many leather artisans (and options) on site: get your bag monogrammed, create unique bag charms, create your own Rogue bag or get your leather cleaned.
The Coach House is like being invited to open up the weathered pages of a family album and get into complexity of where it all comes from.
If you still aren’t convinced, here are 3 more reasons to visit:
- Leather customization, monograms, create your own bag.
- The entire Coach 1941 Ready to Wear Collection available here.
- “Rexy”, Coach’s dinosaur, stands at 12 feet tall, designed by artist Billie Achilleos using more than 400 Coach handbags and hardware.