I once commented after my visit to Coach office in New York, that Coach could consider a reissue of their old styles because many of these bags in the archive are still relevant and trendy in today’s context.

Little did I know that was all in the making – Coach typically conceptualise their collections several seasons in advance – and this was unveiled recently in their upcoming Spring collection. A new bag in the SS2012 collection, the Coach Willis is a reinterpreted design from one of the bags in the archive!

The modern day Colour-Block Willis (S$645), that can be carried multi-way: either via the long shoulder sling or the short handle.

And voila, this was one of the classic designs that I found in the Coach archives at NYC last year. I believe this design was first known as the Winnie bag and was launched 20 years ago. Now known as the classic Willis, it is currently available for sale at Coach.com as part of the “Coach Classics Collection”.

In comparison to the classic design, the reinterpreted Willis as a larger short handle, and boasts rounded corners for a modernised look. The colour-block version is made with waxed Italian calf leather.

Close-up of a Colour-Block Willis.

If you are not a fan of colour-block, or waxed leather, you may like the New Leather Willis (on the right) which is made from naturally-tanned vachetta leather. I see this bag as a re-invented design with a sophisticated touch of natural classic.

If you prefer bags with a longer shape, the City Willis in East-West design is simply the elongated cousin of the Willis. It shares the same price of S$645 as the new Willis too.

For photos of other bags in the Spring/Summer collection, please check my Facebook album.

I’m wondering if any other Coach classic will be re-invented next season?

去年在纽约拜访了Coach的办公室,一览该品牌自成立以来许多标志性的设计。当时不禁感叹若Coach能够重新推出更多经典款皮包,一定非常受欢迎。没想到,原来该品牌已经开始重新推出一些受欢迎的设计,如今年春夏系列的新品Coach Willis, 我在纽约的Coach档案库里,竟然找到这款设计的前身Winnie。Willis皮包的设计从1969年的野战背包开始演变,Winnie皮包是较后期1997年所推出的设计。相比Winnie四方外形,新出炉的Willis形状是有弧度的。虽然保留经典的旋转所扣以及短手提,Coach也呼应潮流趋势推出真皮拼色Colour-block版本。若您喜好长形的皮包, City Willis款式可能更合您心意。


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