The past two years have seen a multitude of fashion collaborations, some more exciting than others. We recall Vêtements and Juicy Couture’s polyester tracksuits retailing for $2000, H&M and Kenzo’s colourful blast, Christopher Kane’s fabulous Crocs, and Gosha Rubchinkiy’s Adidas Football collection.
Rodarte, founded in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, is the West Coast creative powerhouse with collections rivalling haute couture. Celebrities dazzle in their expensive creations on red carpets but to reach a wider audience, the Mulleavy sisters designed a capsule collection with H&M’s & Other Stories last year. They have now joined forces with East Coast leather-good giant Coach, offering a full collection of on point ready-to-wear and accessories that will please anyone looking for great stuff. Founded in 1941, Coach enjoys a status making it a representative American style though struggled to stand out in recent years. But in the past three years and a half, the brand went from dusty and dozing to cool and buzzing under Stuart Vevers who initiated the conversation with Rodarte. The trio designed their proposition at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles, with Californian cool vibes in mind.
Unlike other collaborations that make us question the level of craftsmanship involved, the Coach x Rodarte partnership exudes luxury. Indeed, the collection is made in the brand’s original glove-tanned leather – and bags will go from $295 to $1,900. The embellished biker jackets are statement pieces that will fit in the modern woman’s wardrobe perfectly. The “This Is A Coach Bag” totes, retailing at $650, is one of the many witty pieces available, inspired by one of the brand’s iconic adverts from the 1970s. There are plenty of items that will satisfy and justify a shopping splurge, not to mention the superb saddle bags. But what makes this collaboration essential is the reunion of two distinct styles – Vevers’ Coach is modern and youthful while the Mulleavy’s Rodarte is romantic and ethereal. “There was something quite intimate about suitcases on the floor and vintage samples and swatches everywhere,” explained Vevers. “We never had any references except Coach and Rodarte. It was about the connection and the clash of these two worlds.” Coach x Rodarte is a breath of fresh air at a time fashion is arguably clogged with blandness.
The collection will be available internationally online on April 12th and in stores on April 14th.
Words by Pierre A.M.