Keith Haring might be an unknown name to some but the late artist from New York is perhaps the artist from the Big Apple. His spontaneous drawings in New York City subways represented the energy and free-spiritedness of the city’s culture, and he would soon be commissioned by large companies to create works in his iconic art style. It’s only natural then that New York-based fashion brand Coach tapped into Haring’s archives and channelled his counter-culture spirit for its Pre-Spring collection.
Coach’s mastery of leather still takes centre-stage in its Pre-Spring Collection and is evident in its accessories. There is a reason that creative director Stuart Vevers was crowned the Accessory Designer of the Year at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards show in June this year.
Its bags are the highlights of the collection, in our opinion. They look right at home in the club or in the office, and goes well with a sweatshirt-and-joggers combination or a suit. That’s quite the sartorial feat and mimics today’s relaxed dress codes, where everything goes as long as you know how to make it work.
Here are five items from Coach’s 1941 Pre-Spring collection you should put on your shopping list, now that the crowd from the Christmas festivities has thinned considerably.
Washed Sport Calf Bleecker Backpack in Maroon
If there’s one item in your wardrobe that should be bold, let it be your backpack. This washed sport calf-leather backpack from Coach is the perfect blend of formality and contemporary codes. Keep the rest of your look monochromatic so that the backpack will stand out. With Chinese New Year just around the corner, this backpack will also keep the Gods of Fortune smiling on you this 2018.
Glovetan Pebble Rogue Brief in New Oxblood
If your office has strict dress codes, consider this subdued yet handsome briefcase that still lets you reveal your inner Haring while keeping to boundaries. The Devil is in the details for this bag. From the subtle stitches to the Coach motif hanging on a tag, this brief means business, while giving a sly wink on the side.
Smooth Leather Sneaker in White Red Oxblood
It might be the year of the ugly sneaker but there’s nothing ugly about this classic pair from Coach. The slim silhouette and high cut make it perfect for your slim denim jeans (preferably black so that the details stand out) or your black tuxedo pants that’s cropped a bit higher than convention dictates.
Burnished Leather Four Pocket Jacket in Dark Saddle
There’s nothing that says New York than a leather jacket and lots of attitude, and this four pocket piece from Coach is the perfect way to say it. Sure, Singapore’s humid environment might not exactly be the perfect platform to showcase this piece of clothing but the sweat stains are well worth the style points.
Athleisure is well and truly here to stay and this military green track pant is perfect for lounging around in at home or wearing out for a casual weekend. Pair it with a white T-shirt and the calf-leather backpack in maroon in this article and you’re all set for brunch.