Coach team up with LeBron James’ More Than a Vote initiative

Coach is joining forces with basketball superstar LeBron James on his new drive to get more Black citizens voting.James recently announced the launch of More Than a Vote, a nonprofit he set up with Maverick Carter aimed at ending voter suppression and …

Coach is joining forces with basketball superstar LeBron James on his new drive to get more Black citizens voting.

James recently announced the launch of More Than a Vote, a nonprofit he set up with Maverick Carter aimed at ending voter suppression and encouraging Black Americans to vote.

Now U.S. accessories brand Coach, headed up by designer Stuart Vevers, has joined the pair in their mission.

“The foundation of democracy is the right to vote,” said Jide Zeitlin, chairman and CEO of Coach’s parent company Tapestry, in a statement. “America cannot resolve systemic racism and inequality without ending voter suppression. We are proud to partner with More Than a Vote and to work toward equal access to the ballot box for every single eligible American.”

The label will be using all its resources, including its employees, collaborators, and retail stores, to “energise, educate and protect voters in U.S. cities where voter suppression and misinformation are rampant,” the businessman added.

Coach’s chief marketing officer Carlos Becil further shared his enthusiasm for the new partnership.

“When we looked at what we could do to fight systemic inequality and racial injustice, particularly in the Black community, voter rights were at the forefront. What drew us to MTAV was their commitment to specifically addressing voter suppression and misinformation. For them, it’s more than just getting out the vote, it’s making sure citizens’ rights are protected,” he said.

After Donald Trump’s first term as U.S. leader, America will vote for its next or returning president in November.

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Jennifer Lopez models Barbra Streisand sweater in Coach campaign

Jennifer Lopez poses in a sweater featuring Barbra Streisand’s face in her new Coach campaign.The superstar was named as the new global brand ambassador for the New York-based company in November, and on Tuesday, the images from her debut photoshoot pr…

Jennifer Lopez poses in a sweater featuring Barbra Streisand’s face in her new Coach campaign.

The superstar was named as the new global brand ambassador for the New York-based company in November, and on Tuesday, the images from her debut photoshoot promoting the spring/summer 2020 line were released.

Lensed by Juergen Teller, one snap shows Jennifer posing in the “Babs” sweatshirt, which is emblazoned with an illustration of the Funny Girl star by Richard Bernstein that was originally included in a 1969 issue of Interview magazine.

“Soakin’ up that NYC energy!!! Loved shooting in my hometown for my first campaign with @Coach. New York is always an inspiring city-encouraging us to do our own thing and be an original!” the 50-year-old captioned the snap on her Instagram page.

However, the picture soon captured the attention of Barbra, who reposted the happy photo and wrote, “Love this! Hi @jlo – nice to see you wearing my face!”

A short time later, Jennifer responded with “You know you’re my idol!” along with a heart emoji.

Elsewhere in the campaign, the Hustlers actress poses in a red leather jacket with blue silk shirt and an emerald green dress.

And speaking about her advertisements, Jennifer explained that she thoroughly enjoyed shooting with Juergen and Coach creative director Stuart Vevers in the Big Apple.

“In all it creates, Coach promotes individuality and optimism in its style as well as a sense of authenticity and inclusion. Like me, we’re both New York originals, who create a unique mix of high-fashion with street edge,” she added.

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Jennifer Lopez named as new face of Coach

Jennifer Lopez has been named as the new global brand ambassador for Coach.On Tuesday, executives at the New York-based fashion and accessories label announced that the superstar has been tapped to front advertising campaigns for the leather goods, rea…

Jennifer Lopez has been named as the new global brand ambassador for Coach.

On Tuesday, executives at the New York-based fashion and accessories label announced that the superstar has been tapped to front advertising campaigns for the leather goods, ready-to-wear, and footwear categories, beginning with the spring 2020 season.

“I’m so excited for this collaboration with Coach,” said Lopez. “It is a timeless brand that I’ve always been a fan of, and the upcoming collection really speaks to my personal style – an uptown downtown mix.”

In her debut image for the company, the Hollywood star is seen posing in a trench coat and silk scarf, while also carrying a handbag with chain handle. The black-and-white snap was taken by photographer Benjamin Rosser.

And creative director Stuart Vevers is thrilled to have Lopez, a native of The Bronx borough, join the wider Coach family.

“Jennifer is so authentic. She’s determined and she’s an original who has followed her own path to do things her own way – she really embodies the attitude of Coach and our new campaign,” he praised of the 50-year-old. “I loved when Jennifer carried the Coach Signature bags in her 2002 video All I Have. She’s from New York like Coach, which creates another authentic connection with our heritage.”

Vevers also indicated that photographer Juergen Teller would be helming an upcoming photoshoot with Lopez.

The Hustlers actress follows in the footsteps of fellow Coach brand ambassadors including Selena Gomez and Michael B. Jordan.

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Coach to debut in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Coach is to be the first-ever luxury fashion house to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.Founded in 1941, the New York-based label is known for its leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear, and accessories, with brand ambassadors…

Coach is to be the first-ever luxury fashion house to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Founded in 1941, the New York-based label is known for its leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear, and accessories, with brand ambassadors including Selena Gomez and Michael B. Jordan.

Now, Coach is to make history by having a new float included in the annual holiday spectacle, set to take place on 28 November.

“As an iconic American brand, we are proud for Coach to be the first luxury fashion house to have a float in the 93-year history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Joshua Schulman, chief executive officer and brand president of Coach. “We can think of no better way to kick-off the holiday season than to participate in this great American tradition. This project not only underscores our important partnership with Macy’s, but also speaks to the future of the traditional wholesale business model, evolving from distribution into meaningful brand storytelling.”

Coach’s float will be themed around the company’s dinosaur mascot, Rexy. The icon was first unveiled by creative director Stuart Vevers in 2015, but will be transformed into a giant, glittering version for the upcoming event.

“Designed and constructed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, Coach’s ‘Rexy in the City’ float is a dazzling marvel of engineering, artistry, and animation that will bring a new level of whimsy to our Parade line-up this year,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “On Thanksgiving Day, Rexy, the fearless fashion dino will capture the imagination and hearts of millions as she makes her glittering way down the streets of Manhattan.”

In addition to the float, Coach is partnering with Macy’s on a limited-edition Rexy-themed collection. Items, including footwear, T-shirts, and accessories, will be available to purchase from 15 November.

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Michael B. Jordan hopes fans wear his Coach designs with ‘pride’

Michael B. Jordan is hopeful his friends and fans will be proud to wear his new Coach designs.The Creed actor was named as the New York-based label’s latest global brand ambassador in September 2018, and after starring in several campaigns, he finally …

Michael B. Jordan is hopeful his friends and fans will be proud to wear his new Coach designs.

The Creed actor was named as the New York-based label’s latest global brand ambassador in September 2018, and after starring in several campaigns, he finally dropped his debut collection on Tuesday. Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the range includes parkas, jean jackets and pullovers, all of which feature references to the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga series, and Jordan is thrilled with the final result.

“With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” he said in a statement. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart (Vevers, creative director) and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.”

Key items in the collection are infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, while some garments also contain Naruto characters and the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic.

And despite the project marking the 32-year-old’s first venture into the world of fashion design, Vevers couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic collaborator.

“Working with Mike is always a great experience,” the designer added. “He always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.”

In addition to the main marketing imagery, Jordan stars in a short film shot on a Tokyo street by Rachel Morrison, who also served as the director of photography on his film Black Panther.

The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection is now available in Coach stores and online.

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Michael B. Jordan debuts anime-inspired Coach collection

Michael B. Jordan has debuted his first anime-inspired collection with Coach.The Creed star, who serves as menswear ambassador for the American brand, worked with creative director Stuart Vevers on his first-ever clothing line, which was heavily influe…

Michael B. Jordan has debuted his first anime-inspired collection with Coach.

The Creed star, who serves as menswear ambassador for the American brand, worked with creative director Stuart Vevers on his first-ever clothing line, which was heavily influenced by the actor’s passion for Japanese manga comics and anime.

The 32-year-old wanted to incorporate Naruto, a comic that was first published in 1997 and evolved into anime in 2002, in the personal collection, and symbols and motifs from the series can be seen in many of the unisex pieces.

“Incorporating Naruto into the collection felt really authentic since it meant so much to me growing up and still does. It’s not often that I get to blend business with personal and it’s a rare coincidence when those two worlds meet up,” he told WWD.

“Anime is something that was a big piece of my childhood, my adult life, and my creativity. I think as anime starts to become more and more popular, you’ll start to see that thirst and desire for these characters that look more like the world that we live in.”

Other pieces in the debut line include a denim jacket with removable shearling collar, nylon sweatshirts and hoodies, graphic T-shirts featuring Naruto characters, a parka, accessories, and footwear.

Vevers helped Jordan bring his design dreams to life and got a crash course in the world of Japanese manga comics and anime along the way.

“I learned that Mike is incredibly passionate about anime. And I learned how the story of Naruto speaks to Mike on a deeper level. Mike gave me a full education on Naruto: the characters, the symbols, the story. And then when I was travelling in Japan, I met the Naruto team so I could understand more,” he explained.

Prices range from $95 (£77) to $2,500 (£2,000), and will be available at Coach stores and online and at a pop-up store at New York Comic Con later this week.

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Coach pays homage to artist Richard Bernstein with spring 2020 line

Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s d…

Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.

For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s distinctive illustrated covers for almost 20 years, to use a selection of his portraits on a range of tops.

And during his spring/summer 2020 catwalk presentation as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, models were seen wearing Bernstein’s portraits of Michael J. Fox, Barbra Streisand, and Rob Lowe – Vever’s idols growing up – on vest tops, T-shirts, jumpers, and a dress.

The show, which took place on the High Line, served as a nod to ’80s New York and celebrated “the electric attitude of the New Wave”. It featured 78 bags, each one brought out of the archives from one of the label’s 78 years and remastered.

“The brand’s heritage graphically subverted with vibrant colour, the electric attitude of New Wave – and today’s new New Wave,” said a Coach spokesperson. “The energetic pop illustrations of Richard Bernstein playfully juxtaposed with Coach’s strong, straightforward leather goods heritage. A purposeful synthesis of stripped-back and upbeat. This vivid, reimagined past, as dynamic as the city it’s made for.”

Vevers’s show opened with a model rocking a cherry red leather trench coat with flat black sandals, and the collection heavily featured leather designs, including red, brown and green trousers, pink and dark red skirts, black and green jackets and trench coats in a variety of hues.

The models also sported patterned shirts and a range of knitwear, including a yellow sleeveless vest with a martini glass pattern, and a green jumper featuring a large prawn motif.

The catwalk stars, which included Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, and Abby Champion mostly wore flat shoes – wide colourful sandals, high-top sneakers with a trio of straps, or pointed flat pumps.

Celebrities on the front row included Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan, Girls actress Jemima Kirke, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

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Coach teams with Tabitha Simmons on accessories collection

Coach has partnered with Tabitha Simmons on a new collection of whimsical accessories. The British stylist and footwear designer launched her debut line in 2009, with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler all fans of her chic…

Coach has partnered with Tabitha Simmons on a new collection of whimsical accessories. 

The British stylist and footwear designer launched her debut line in 2009, with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler all fans of her chic ankle boots and bold patterns.  

Now, Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers has announced that he has teamed with Simmons on the Coach x Tabitha Simmons range, which is comprised of shoes and handbags.  

“I have always admired Stuart as a designer and enjoy seeing how his collections evolve season after season,” said Simmons, who also works as a contributing fashion editor at U.S. Vogue magazine, in a statement. “It has been incredible working with him to bring our collaboration to life in a way that honours both of our brand’s aesthetics. I love the contrast between whimsical, feminine florals and a little bit of a punk and edginess – there is something for every woman in this collection.” 

Highlights include the Urban Hiker boots with leather detailing and the Harriette flats, which are available in either a dainty floral print or eye-catching colourblocking. 

The floral patterns reintroduce original Coach prints from the house’s spring 2016 collection, while the line also includes Simmons’s first-ever handbag design – the Coach x Tabitha Simmons Crossbody, which is a reimagination of Coach’s 1973 Suspender Pouch. 

Regarding the partnership, Vevers commented that he found creating with Simmons to be very natural.  

“She already has Coach in her closet,” he shared, before recalling how the concept came about: “It’s actually a cute story: I bumped into her one day at the Greenwich Hotel, and she happened to be wearing a floral print dress from the spring 2016 collection. We knew it had to be the starting point for our collaboration.” 

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Selena Gomez to feature on Coach’s first-ever podcast

Coach collaborator Selena Gomez is helping the fashion label launch its brand new podcast.Selena has been working closely with Coach boss Stuart Vevers since late 2016, when she signed a reported $10 million (£7.7 million) deal to model and design for…

Coach collaborator Selena Gomez is helping the fashion label launch its brand new podcast.

Selena has been working closely with Coach boss Stuart Vevers since late 2016, when she signed a reported $10 million (£7.7 million) deal to model and design for the label.

Now she’s been tapped to appear on Coach’s first-ever Dream It Real podcast.

“Authenticity is, for me, not minding being myself anymore,” she says in the episode. “I’ve always wanted to be me, but when I was younger, I was very insecure. I started in this industry really young, and I think that you kind of create this other persona of yourself.”

According to WWD, Selena will also open up about her thoughts on social media, self-acceptance, her collaboration with Cardi B, and her upcoming album.

Dream It Real, a weekly podcast hosted by writer and editor Heben Nigatu, launches on Wednesday (24Apr19), and intends to be a platform to inspire young people to follow their dreams.

Fellow Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan will appear on the second episode, where he’ll talk about Hollywood inclusion, overcoming insecurity as a young actor and his dream to one day open a school.

And future guests include Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt, and Coach creative director Stuart.

Carlos Becil, global chief marketing officer of Coach, shared his excitement over the new podcast in a statement.

“I am excited to launch the Dream It Real podcast, a thought-provoking and inspiring series of unfiltered conversations,” he said. “Our goal is to continue our commitment to empowering young people, and to provide a platform where they can simply be themselves and find the confidence they need to create the world they envision.”

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Spike Lee directs uplifting new Michael B. Jordan Coach clip

Coach has added even more superstar power to its new project after hiring Spike Lee to direct Michael B. Jordan’s latest campaign.Hot on the heels of his first competitive Oscars win, which saw Spike take home the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Bl…

Coach has added even more superstar power to its new project after hiring Spike Lee to direct Michael B. Jordan’s latest campaign.

Hot on the heels of his first competitive Oscars win, which saw Spike take home the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman, the celebrated filmmaker has now been unveiled as the director of Coach’s new short film, Words Matter.

“I’m honoured to get to collaborate with giants in their respective fields, Michael B. Jordan and Coach,” Spike said in a statement. “It was truly a magical day working, shooting in the desert. Enjoy.”

Filmed in the desert outside Los Angeles, the short features Michael riding a motorcycle. He comes to a stop to see rocks scattered around with the words hatred, evil, bigotry and lies written on the, but replaces them with others branded with positive words – courage, truth, love and dream.

The Black Panther star was announced as the first-ever global brand ambassador for the company’s menswear collection in September (18).

“Collaborating with the iconic Spike Lee on this short film for Coach was an inspirational experience,” he praised. “Spike’s art has moved the cultural dial for decades. I’m proud of the powerful messaging of this film and to be working alongside a brand that cares about putting that narrative into the world as much as I do.”

Talking about Michael’s appointment at the brand, Coach creative director Stuart Vevers previously revealed that he’d slowly got to know the front row favourite over a number of years before welcoming him into the fold.

“He has been a true supporter of Coach, so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level,” the designer said.

As well as a soaring film career, Michael has become one of the most exciting names in celebrity fashion. His recent bold outfit choices include a Louis Vuitton harness, a blue velvet tuxedo jacket and a mottled texture Berluti suit.

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