If you were a teenager in the early 2000’s as I was, you’ll agree with me when I say that, seemingly overnight, Coach became the “it” brand. The company’s leather-made goods have been around for decades (75 years to be exact!) but back then, the resurgence of the coveted “C bags” peaked at just the time it was finally acceptable for me to step up my accessory game from the likes of Wet Seal (R.I.P. Contempo Casuals) and Abercrombie & Fitch.
It was late fall and I wanted a Coach bag so badly, I needed one (life may have depended on it back then.) I set my sights on Christmas, the next gift-giving holiday, because there was no way that my pocket-change, pizzeria paycheck would cover my first designer piece. I added the bag to my “list,” cut out a picture from Seventeen magazine of the exact one I wanted, and dreamed about it at night. After what seemed like a lifetime, Christmas Day finally rolled around. The bag wasn’t under the tree Christmas morning but all hope was not lost.
It was December 26th and we headed off to my grandparents house to exchange gifts as we did every year. I unwrapped sneakers, clothes, perfume, a winter coat (the usual stuff) and my present pile quickly diminished from a tower to a single box. I had one shot left. I slowly peeled the paper from the corner and as soon as I saw the shiny burgundy box peeking through, I tore it open as fast I could. Inside the perfectly wrapped parcel tied with white ribbon was my dream bag, my Coach bag. Excited was an understatement (for all those who know me with presents, you know I’m not exaggerating).I jumped up and down, slinging my first ever designer bag over my shoulder and staring at it in the mirror. It was perfect. That feeling of excitement when I finally got my hands on my first luxury handbag is one that I’ll never forget and so my appreciation of Coach craftsmanship began.
Although it has now seen better days (picture below), I will never get rid of my first designer bag. For one, it was gifted to me by my late grandmother and I can’t help but think of her every time I look at it (of many things, she will go down in my book as the best gift-giver in history). I carried my monogrammed Coach bag nearly every day after that for years and it was with me through many major moments in my life. It walked across the stage with me as I graduated high-school, accompanied me to attend my first day of college, saw one too many frat parties (hence the stains of jungle juice punch), and ignited my love for a quality bag.Just as it did the evening of December 26th, my Coach pinch-me-moment came again almost 15 years later when I was approached several months ago to partner with the iconic brand. I am so happy to finally announce my collaboration with Coach! (For the record, I’d totally be jumping up and down if it now wouldn’t induce a fit of tachycardia and a brief loss of consciousness #Imnotinhighschoolanymore.) Coach is such a classic, timeless brand and it embodies everything I believe style to be. I’ll be sharing two accessories from their Spring 2016 line in a dual-post this week!
The first look features this gorgeous bag, the Swagger 27 in the color “Fog.” It is the most beautiful shade of greige (not beige, not gray, but the perfect balance of both.) I have been wearing it daily because it is small enough to carry around for errands but is plenty big to carry all the essentials (a small pharmacy, salt packets, Pedialyte, a water bottle…the basic necessities). I love the Swagger bag so much that my in-law’s gifted me the mini version (the Swagger 20) in the color “Cornflower” this past weekend! It is the absolute perfect spring bag and you’ll be seeing it shortly 🙂
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a big believer in elevating a basic outfit with amazing accessories. I paired my bag with a spring sweater from Loft (I love the stark white color), some boyfriend jeans, and nude lace-ups. Simple yet classic.
Check back on Thursday for part two of my Coach collab and as always, thanks for stopping by!
*A huge thank you to Coach for gifting the pieces included in this post!