“Fashion is so often presented in the culture as a thing of froth, which, of course, it partly is; but the bubbles are blown with care and a sense of values.” - Anna Wintour
November 23, 2010
Where I am, Coach stores are popping up in almost every mall in the city. Now, I have a like-hate relationship (love is too strong a word) with Coach. I like the majority of their leather bags, accessories and shoes:
But I hate their fabric, monogrammed bags:
And "hate", in this case, is not too strong a word. Over the past couple of years, Coach has expanded to reach a larger group of consumers, namely the middle-class. Although I have nothing wrong with making more affordable bags, I think Coach is really beginning to cheapen itself.
I can guarantee myself that whenever I go out, I am bound to see at least a couple Coach bags. There have been days when I've literally seen seven Coach bags in the course of two hours...all made out of monogrammed fabric. I see all kinds of people carrying them: young teenagers to elderly women. I see fake ones, real ones, big ones, small ones...
I walk into a Coach outlet store, and that's the worst. The line-up at the cashier goes on forever, and some people are purchasing four bags at once. I'm embarrassed to say I own a fabric, monogrammed Coach bag myself. I never use it because I can't quite bring myself to carry it around the street and simply blend in with practically everyone else. Even though Coach isn't the only handbag label, from what I see, it might as well be.