Meet the Man Who’s Giving Coach a Serious Style Upgrade

In just three seasons, British designer Stuart Vevers has turned the heritage leather-goods brand into a menswear trailblazer.

By John Ortved

At Coach these days, there’s a dinosaur in the room. This isn’t an idiom: A literal dinosaur—about eight feet tall, green, and inflated—stands guard in the Manhattan office of Stuart Vevers, Coach’s creative director. “Her name is Rexy,” he says.“She’s become a bit of a mascot for the new Coach.”

At any other time in the 75-year history of America’s most esteemed leather-goods brand, this would have made no sense (and it’s still a little freaky), but it somehow works today—now that graphic sweaters, leather pants, workingman plaids, and Tyrannosaurus key chains have made their way into Coach’s collections. “People have this image of Coach as clean-cut Waspy, preppy,” Vevers says. “I think Coach needs to represent what New York City is today, which is about diversity. Fashion needs to embrace that. The old rules and the codes of luxury, I don’t think that the next generation cares about those values.”

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In a nod to our gender-neutral times, Coach’s menswear and womenswear now share design elements—like the space shuttle on this sweater, which was inspired by the one little Danny Torrance wears in The Shining just before he enters haunted room 237. Though we’re gonna assume Danny’s wasn’t high-grade cashmere.

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