The Coach Shoulder Bag Buying Guide
As a global leader in luxury ready-to-wear, Coach offers classic yet stylish shoulder bags that have been built to last and go beyond the trends. Thanks to the brand’s use of refined leather and hardware that won’t tarnish in time, investing in a Coach handbag means investing in a high quality, feminine accessory that you’ll be able to rely on for years to come, and subtle seasonal updates to the label’s most popular pieces will help you stay on trend. Ahead, take a look at our Coach shoulder bags buying guide, which will help you narrow down the styles that work best for you and show you how to care for them.
The Most Wanted Coach Shoulder Bags
Coach’s Edie Shoulder Bags
The cult-classic Edie shoulder bag is a lightweight, functional shopper that’s perfect for those who want to stay organised at all times. It features a three-compartment interior as well as the signature Coach turnlock, and comes in beautiful yet durable pebble leather.
Coach’s Parker Bags
Crafted from luxurious leather and finished with timeless details, the Coach Parker Bags are sized to transition from day to night with ease. The style comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and will allow you to carry all your day to day essentials.
Coach’s Saddle Bags
Coach’s classic saddle bags will take you from season to season. Perfect as ab everyday accessory, they feature long straps that sit perfectly on the shoulder, and even come as belt bags for those who want to be completely hands free.
- How to Care For Your Coach Bags
All Coach items come with a Product Care Card that will show you how to care for them. When it comes to leather, Coach offers a free lifetime care at Coach retail stores — all you need to do is call to make an appointment and get your bag professionally cleaned and conditioned by someone from the Coach team.
Should you wish to care for your Coach bag yourself, different cleaning methods should be used depending on the type of material your item is made out of.
To clean bags that come in Coach’s signature jacquard fabric or coated canvas, the brand recommends using its signature fabric cleaner. You will need to apply a small amount of cleaner to a clean soft white cloth and gently rub in circular motions, before wiping away any product excess with a clean white, dampened cloth. Then, blot dry with a clean white cloth, and allow the fabric to air dry completely before you reuse the bag to avoid leaving rings or other marks.
To clean bags that are made of leather, Coach recommends using its cleaner and moisturiser set. You will first need to remove any dirt by applying a small amount of product to the bag with a clean, soft cloth, using circular strokes. Then, wipe off any product residue and let the leather dry for 30 minutes. Once dry, you will then be able to use the leather moisturiser to enhance the fabric’s natural luster.
To clean suede bags, it is recommended that you use a suede brush and suede eraser. The eraser should be used to gently rub spots away, while the brush should be used to remove surface dirt and scuff marks.
For bags that come in exotic skins, Coach recommends not to expose them to water or moisture. If the leather gets wet, you should immediately wipe it dry with a soft cloth, being careful not to go against the direction of the scales, or you might damage them.
- How do I know my Coach bag is authentic?
The general quality of the craftsmanship (that is to say the material used, the stitching, the lining, the signature Coach pattern, and the brand name being correctly spelled) should be a good indication as to whether your Coach bag is authentic or not, but here are a few ways to know for sure:
• Check the authenticity tag. Current bags should come with a leather patch embossed on the inside, which should contain a serial number with letters and numbers. If no leather patch can be found, the serial number should be stamped on the inside and inked in a gold-tone ink.
• Coach bags never have the brand’s CC pattern both on the inside and the outside.
• Many Coach bags come with leather tags that are attached to the handle with a beaded chain, on which the logo should be raised.
• While it isn’t true for all Coach bags, many should also have the letters “YKK” engraved on the zipper pull. Depending on the bag design, the letters may be found on the interior zipper.
• Authentic Coach products are sold by Coach retail and outlet stores, as well as authorised department stores, retailers and specialty stores.
- How much is the average Coach bag?
Prices for Coach bags range from £93 for the Messenger Crossbody, which is crafted in crossgrain leather and comes in an array of colours, to £1,400 for the Rogue bag, which is hand painted and has been given added texture with snakeskin details. However, most Coach bags cost between £125 and £550. It is also important to note that some styles might vary in prices depending on retailers.
The popular Coach camera bag, for example, retails at £250, while the Edie shoulder bag retails, on average, at £375. The Coach Parker bag retails between £250 and £295 depending on the design, the Tabby shoulder bag retails at £295, and the Cassie cross body bag retails at £350.
- Are Coach bags made of leather?
Most Coach bags, such as the Tabby shoulder bag and the Central tote bag, come in leather. Some, like the Cassie crossbody and Evie backpack, are mostly made of canvas; some parts, such as the handles, may however be made of leather. Depending on the collections, some pieces may also come in a mix of both fabrics, while others can be made using suede, tweed, shearling or exotic leathers, like the Tabby shoulder bag, the Kat saddle bag and the Rogue bag. The leather used by Coach is either smooth or pebbled. While the former is beautifully shiny, the latter is more durable and won’t show off scuff marks as easily.