Every piece from the Coach & Rodarte limited edition collection

Every piece from the Coach & Rodarte limited edition collection

This is a Coach bag

Text: Jolene Khor

Coach's Stuart Vevers and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy join forces. Mark your calendars for 14 April

There exists a war of the worlds within America, one that has been brewing in plain sight for a long time. The conflict in question, between Los Angeles and New York City, is a well-documented battle that has drawn heated debates from the polarising coasts. The west thinks it has better weather, cafes and manners, while the east claims to possess an upper hand on nightlife, public transportation and pizza. 

Alas, it's amazing what we can achieve when we put our differences aside — just ask Rodarte and Coach. This spring, we welcome the New York and Los Angeles luxury houses as they band together for a limited edition capsule collection, simply named "Coach & Rodarte". 

Stuart Vevers' modern inclination is an excellent match to the romantic tales spun by Kate and Laura Mulleavy for a line of bags, remixed with ready-to-wear. In the nub of this meeting of minds and materials is the repurposing of Coach's advertisement from the '70s: ‘This is A Coach Bag’ slogan reincarnates as a print on glovetanned leather. And then there's the assortment of embellishments and appliqués, for it wouldn't be a Rodarte without.

“We love how Coach believes in American luxury and craftsmanship. We also love their incredible archive and the imaging of the brand over the years," says Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Vevers concurs: “Rodarte’s conceptual approach to American style was the perfect lens to reimagine nostalgic Coach pieces. The mash-up of influences resulted in a romantic cool collection that feels right for both houses.” 

View the full collection here:

The Coach & Rodarte collection will be available in stores and online on 14 April.