Have you ever thought about the companies behind designer handbags? Does it really matter if you know the makers of these bags? Maybe I have too much time. However, I wanted to know about some of the companies behind these expensive Michael Kors .Coach bags are so popular that he decided to learn more about the company.
Of course, an internet search revealed that Coach was founded in 1941 and is still based in New York. American handbags are the best. There is still some confusion as to Coach’s original name, as one search called for the company Manhattan Leather Bags and another called Gail Leather Products. But all stories agree that it started as a family business with his six leatherworkers handcrafting leather wallets and banknotes.
In 1946 Miles Kahn and his wife Lillian joined the company. They own a leather handbag factory and were very well matched with their knowledge of leather work. In just four years, Khan took over most of his business. Creative, curious, and working with leather, he noticed that the longer a baseball glove was used, the softer and more supple it became. In an attempt to mimic the same process used in baseball gloves, he developed a treatment method that made the leather stronger, softer and more flexible. It was to get better and to have deeper and richer colors.
In 1961, Miles and Lillian Cahn bought the company, and Lillian suggested that the company start manufacturing leather handbags for women. Miles was against the idea because there were many handbag companies in New York and the shops were buying fakes from Europe, but Lillian won out and designed her first Coach bag. It was a tote bag modeled after the paper grocery bags she used as a girl in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. has become a classic. Miles went on to create about ten handbag designs for the first generation of the Coach line, and Lillian became the spokesperson for the company. She developed strong relationships with her fashion writers and editors and popularized Coach bags in the fashion world.
Miles hired sportswear pioneer Bonnie Cashin to design Coach handbags, and she revolutionized product design. During this period, Cashin introduced bags to include side her pockets, purses, and bright colors (as opposed to the usual tan and tan). She added hardware to her handbag. Most notably the silver toggle that has become Coach’s trademark. Cassin remained with the company until 1974. Around the mid-1970s, the company changed its name to Coach Products, Inc., and in 1980 changed its name again to Coach Leatherwear Company, Inc.
. In 1979, Louis Frankfort joined Coach as Vice President of New Business Development. He led the development of the Coach store and launched Coach.