Coach Announces Opening of ‘Coach House’ Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City

Stuart Weitzman Opens Separate Flagship at Same Location

Coach, Inc. announced the opening of its newest flagship in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Timed to coincide with the brand’s 75th Anniversary Year, this unique retail concept marks a defining moment in both the company’s history and brand transformation.coach-logo

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design.

The 20,000 square foot retail space dedicated to the Coach brand, designed by Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers in partnership with William Sofield, Designer and President of Studio Sofield, showcases the brand’s distinctive modern luxury positioning. Specifically, the interior features an impressive blackened steel and concrete staircase, which creates a sense of discovery while shopping, as well as a glass enclosed, vintage inspired elevator. Throughout the three-level flagship is a mix of eclectic and bespoke furniture and objects, accented by custom-designed cabinetry, warm lighting, proprietary carpets and fine millwork. Additional architectural elements include a glass-block facade, expansive windows and a captivating mechanized conveyor belt installed with a rotation of Coach products.

The center atrium houses a 12-foot sculpture of Coach’s dinosaur, Rexy, designed by renowned artist Billie Achilleos, and constructed entirely from Coach bags and proprietary hardware. In addition, a monumental contemporary sculpture, Scribing the Void, created by Brooklyn artist Kurt Steger traces the surface of iconic rock formations in Central Park, and is a nod to Coach’s New York City roots.

Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc. said, “With Coach House, we are celebrating our New York heritage and 75-year history of craftsmanship. The flagship features the full expression of our women’s and men’s collections including bags, small leather goods, footwear, and ready-to-wear, in addition to offering a full range of customization and leather services. Together with the opening of the adjacent Stuart Weitzman flagship store, we are bringing two global brands born in New York City to one iconic location.”

The company is also launching two concepts unique to Coach House flagships that speak to the brand’s heritage of leather craftsmanship and innovative design. First, the Made to Order Rogue, which allows customers to create a bespoke Rogue bag, selecting from nine points of customization and over one million possible combinations. Second, the Coach House Workshop – which is the first of its kind – offering expanded leather and craftsmanship services, including special monogramming and exclusive vintage product, featuring a resident master craftsman with nearly 30 years of experience in the New York Workshop at Coach’s headquarters.

Andre Cohen, President North America and Global Marketing, added, “We are thrilled to open a true home for the Coach brand on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, an address globally recognized for fashion. We’re confident that our modern luxury store environment will be warmly embraced by discerning New York shoppers and international visitors alike.

Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com. In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com.

Stuart Weitzman Launches SWxYOU: Set in Stones, A Limited Edition Pave Program with the Iconic NUDIST Sandal

Sexy, strappy, sleek: The NUDIST stiletto is as close to bare as a fashionable foot can get. Coveted by Hollywood’s most stylish starlets, this iconic Stuart Weitzman silhouette has garnered such a cult-like following that the designer has created a limited edition pave program centered on the NUDIST sandal. SWxYOU: Set in Stones launches on today, exclusively at www.stuartweitzman.com, and will run for a two-week period.

Stuart Weitzman Launches SWxYOU: Set in Stones, A Limited Edition Pave Program with the Iconic NUDIST Sandal (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Stuart Weitzman Launches SWxYOU: Set in Stones, A Limited Edition Pave Program with the Iconic NUDIST Sandal (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

The designer’s limited edition customization series, SWxYOU: Set in Stones, provides trend-seekers and fashionistas with the exclusive opportunity to choose, create and customize the perfect crystal-encrusted Stuart Weitzman NUDIST sandal.

The limited edition pave collection shines with glamorous, Swarovski crystal-encrusted incarnations of the NUDIST, from posh polka dots to chic chevron to sophisticated solid colors. Customers can choose from a selection of Swarovski crystals in various hues. Retail prices range from $2735-$2995 with an approximate delivery period of 12-14 weeks.

The NUDIST has become a favorite of Hollywood’s fashion elite including Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Gigi Hadid and Beyonce.

Stuart Weitzman Launches its First Television Commercial Featuring Gisele Bündchen During the MTV Video Music Awards

Stuart Weitzman will launch its first television commercial starring the face of the brand, Gisele Bündchen, during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 30th. Directed by fashion photographer Mario Testino, the black-and-white commercial tells the story of the brand’s connection to dance and music.92fe7bcd-8f3f-4cc9-8e9f-12c18aee8465

Known for effortlessly combining fashion and function, Stuart Weitzman kicks off the fall boot season with a visual storytelling of that message in a music video format made for television. The commercial features Gisele in the stretch plonge leather KOKO bootie doing the electric slide with an all-male troupe of dancers, choreographed by Marty Kudelka at the world famous Millennium Dance Complex. True to the movement, Gisele is beauty and grace personified, capturing the emotion in motion of dancing in Stuart Weitzman boots. Dancing in Stuart Weitzman shoes has become a unique and differentiated brand story over the last few years as the brand has built a stellar reputation for creating custom tour shoes for some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. The commercial is a tribute to both that unique craftsmanship and to the music industry resonance, thus making it fitting to launch during an award show that celebrates the fusion of music and performance.c677627f-c6c7-4f49-8f41-e4c02838535e

The commercial is a 30-second cut of the brand’s social music video “Make That Move” which will launch on www.stuartweitzman.com, with its social channels fueling the conversation by encouraging followers to share the video along with the trademarked hashtag #inourshoes. Starring alongside Gisele, as a continuation of the ongoing fashion and function story emphasizing the designer’s popular stretch materials, will be a dynamic duo of boots: the over-the-knee LOWLAND in nero plonge leather and the lace-up stretch DOWNTOWN sneaker boot. Progressive recording artist, model and muse Maluca Mala lends her dynamic vocals to the upbeat title track, produced by DJ Solidisco. The song is available to download exclusively on the Stuart Weitzman website, www.stuartweitzman.com.

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign

Stuart Weitzman announced the debut of Gisele Bundchen as the new face of the brand for the fall 2014 advertising campaign. In the world of Stuart Weitzman, “sexy” means being comfortable and confident in your own skin, and the campaign captures this essence in a relaxed, effortless, chic way while clearly showcasing the new season’s essential silhouettes. Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the stunning black-and-white images was designed to “embrace a distinctively minimalist aesthetic while manifesting the intimate relationship between a woman and her shoes.”

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

With a spotlight on Weitzman’s trademark boots, in-demand trends including up-to-the- knee boots, combat boots and pointy-toe stiletto ankle boots take center stage. The iconic 5050 boot also gets updated with a ’60s-inspired Mod block heel and a strong stacked high heel.

According to the company, the Brazilian supermodel was chosen as the new face of the brand because of her international fashion icon status and her unique ability to personify the multi- facets of the Stuart Weitzman woman, from fashion forward trendsetter to sophisticated tomboy to multi-tasking mom to the quintessential girl-next-door. With her signature lithe physique, bronzed skin and tousled golden locksGisele “personifies the confidence, empowerment, beauty and ease women feel the moment they slip into their Stuart Weitzman shoes“.

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United StatesItalyFranceEnglandDubaiGermany,Spain and Asia. Outdoor advertising (billboards and kiosks) will run in Los AngelesNew YorkMilanParis andHong Kong. A behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured onwww.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners

JOSEPH ALTUZARRA NAMED WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

RIHANNA NAMED FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR

AWARDS SHOW TO BE WEBCAST ON CFDA.COM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD AT 11AM

House Photography:  BFA: www.bfanyc.com

Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. For the thirteenth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski. Highlights of the evening included a live tribute featuring sixteen models of color in Diane von Furstenberg dresses paying homage to Founder’s Award honoree Bethann Hardison for advocating diversity on the runways and Michael Kors leading the In Memoriam segment in which he honored the passing of Annabel Tollman, L’Wren Scott, and Art Ortenberg over the past year.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation with hos John Waters

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards – Award Presentation with hos John Waters

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.

Tonight, we celebrated creativity, experience, and conviction by honoring the diversity and vibrancy of individuals who define the influence of the fashion industry,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.

ACCESSORIES WINNERS - THE ROWMARY - KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

ACCESSORIES WINNERS – THE ROWMARY – KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, presented by Lupita Nyong’o. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School by actor James Marsden. Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row took home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented by actress Keri Russell.

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Greta Gerwig and Sebastian Stan presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Tim Coppens. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Irene Neuwirth. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

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Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour who praised the musician for her ability to tell captivating stories through the boldness and beauty of clothes. Rihanna thanked members of the audience: “the designers, the models, and everyone else who has inspired me.

The CFDA believes in designers at every stage of their career.  Last night we recognized a broad range of talent and influence from student scholarship winners and emerging talent to industry icons,” added CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.

It’s been an honor to partner with the CFDA in celebrating the very best in American fashion for thirteen incredible years, and the creativity of the award winners never fails to amaze.  We are especially pleased to support the industry’s next generation through the Swarovski Awards. It’s a privilege to help these dazzling young talents evolve and realize their visions as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford by Richard Buckley for his consistent, creative influence on fashion.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

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Stuart Weitzman Launches The “Be Suede” Experience

Stuart Weitzman continues SWxYOU, its limited-edition customization series, with the introduction of “Be Suede,” exclusively on www.stuartweitzman.com. The program unites two of the season’s hottest trends – summer suede and the classic espadrille flat – giving shoppers the unique opportunity to reimagine this warm weather must-have by choosing from 15 shades ranging from bold shades of clementine orange, sol yellow and pimento red to soft neutrals including dove gray, haze tan and bisque cream. The flat is infallible this season, with the espadrille dominating fashion headlines. Both sporty and chic, this lightweight slip-on becomes instantly elegant when recast in supple suede, yet decidedly downtown when embedded with studs.

(PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

(PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Shoe lovers, brand loyalists and trendsetters alike are sure to “be suede” by this exclusive opportunity to choose, create and customize a luxe limited-edition espadrille, only from Stuart Weitzman.

The SWxYOU: Be Suede experience will only be available for a two-week window. A celebration of personal style, the customization option extends beyond the palette, and is comprised of three simple steps: 1) Choose the shade of suede 2) Select the metallic hardware tone 3) Opt to embellish the vamp with studs or keep it smooth and simple. Each pair will be meticulously handcrafted in Spain – the birthplace of the traditional espadrille.  Retail prices range from $298 – $335, with an approximate delivery period of 6 – 8 weeks.

 

Kate Moss Channels Sun-Kissed Sensuality in Stuart Weitzman’s Spring 2014 Advertising Campaign

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Elegance undone, imbued with unmistakable sex appeal, inspired by the feeling of freedom and the warmth of the sun. Kate Moss strips down (yet again), literally and figuratively, in Stuart Weitzman’s Spring 2014 ad campaign to reveal the definitive essence of effortless summer style. Photographed again by Mario Testino, in keeping with what is now an iconic visual vocabulary, the campaign invokes a sun-kissed and sensual energy, hinting at long, languid days in St. Tropez, with luxury footwear that seduce from day to night.

Kate Moss Channels Sun-Kissed Sensuality in Stuart Weitzman's Spring 2014 Advertising Campaign.  (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Kate Moss Channels Sun-Kissed Sensuality in Stuart Weitzman’s Spring 2014 Advertising Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Minimal make-up, wet hair and barely-there cover-ups enhance this laid-back, luxe Bohemian look and provides a glimpse of the supermodel at her most beautiful. (She’s the only woman I know that looks absolutely phenomenal naked.) Sublime simplicity is a key theme for the new Stuart Weitzman collection, evidenced most distinctly with the introduction of THE NUDIST. Sexy, strappy, sleek, minimal – this sandal is as close to bare as a fashionable foot can get.

Moss, who debuted as the face of the Stuart Weitzman brand in the Spring 2013 ad campaign, was chosen because of her unparalleled status as a global style icon. Moss exudes a sense of style and confidence that every woman aspires to emulate and in 2014, she is walking in Stuart Weitzman shoes.

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United States, Italy, France, England, Canada, Dubai, Germany, Spain and Asia. Outdoor advertising (billboards and kiosks) will run in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Milan, Paris and Hong Kong. Behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured on www.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.