A Few Thoughts On the Coach Rogue Handbag
Over the past few years Coach have upped their game, I mean REALLY upped their game. It’s been the kind of transformation that most brands could only dream of and I’m SO on board it hurts (my bank balance, not my heart). They’ve gone from being a nice, safe heritage American brand to be a sh*t-hot OMG-I-need-that-it’s-the-best-thing-ever New York brand. Don’t get me wrong, they were always a New York City based company, but now they are a New York F****ing City brand. In short, Colette is no more, Opening Ceremony is over, now we all wanna party with Coach!
Party With Coach
So, what caused this change? Stuart Vevers, that’s who! This Brit became creative director in 2013 and he’s made some big changes. The quality has gotten even better, the designs have gotten cooler, he created the 1941 Collection and all the stars aligned for Coach, metaphorically and celebrities. From the bags, to the shoes, to the RTW collection, there is so much amazing-ness to be found at Coach these days, seriously, just check out the Spring 2018 Coach 1941 Collection. It’s inspired by the glitz and grit of NYC; Think disco balls, flares, oversized sunglasses, bright lights on shiny surfaces and many of it infused with the iconic artwork of Keith Haring. Amazing!
Anyway, let’s chat about the Coach Rogue handbag shall we? I LOVE this bag, I got my first one about a year ago in red pebble leather. I was instantly smitten with the tactile grain, the simple shape, the smart – casual look and it’s effortless cool. In fact, I love it so much that a month ago I added a second Rogue into my wardrobe. It’s black calfskin leather with chevron decorative stitching and stud work detailing. One of the reasons I love the Coach Rogue handbag is because it screams quality. Everything from the thick perfect leather and heavy brass metal-work, to the construction and stitching. It reminds me a little of my mums saddle, beautiful thick leather and stitched like only the old pro’s know how. I hate to admit it, but I bought handbags which have been double the price and half the quality of the Rogue.
Back when I used to live in London, I lived on the boarder of zone 1 and 2, I could easily walk down to Shoreditch for my groceries, or hop on the tube to central London and be there in a jiffy. Now that I live in Margate, my London days tend to come with a little more luggage, like a lot more luggage. These days, I pack my handbag full of phone chargers (both a portable charger and wall charger), Snacks (I love a cereal bar), make up (I’m a face toucher, I gotta reapply!), camera & lenses (you never know where you’re gonna find your next piece of content!) and well as a whole heap of other junk which just-so-happens to be at the bottom of my bag. In short, I’m no longer the itsy-bitsy-handbag kinda girl. I need room to rummage! Which is one of the reasons I love the Coach Rogue bag, it’s space! There’s lots of places for everything you need, from bulky items like camera / iPad / Macbook Air, to smaller items you need super accessible like phone, cards and lipstick. There’s space for everything and if you want to zip it away you can, and if you want to leave it open, you can. Also the bag can be worn two ways, as a top handle bag like I’m carrying it in the photos, or with the two longer straps over the shoulder. When you are wearing it this way, the shorter straps are the perfect size to neatly fold into the top of the bag. I don’t know if you can see from the images, but there is an inch or so between the top of the bag and the interior zips which is the perfect place to fold these handles into when you are carrying the bag over your shoulder with the long straps. Personally I carry this bag in my hand 90% of the time, but there have been moments where I have thrown it over my shoulder because I’ve got a coffee in one hand and my phone in the other, it’s nice to have the option! As for the longer straps, personally I like to keep them clipped onto the bag and let the hang down as I think it matches my style more this way, but if that’s not your look and you want the bag to look a little smarter, then simply unclip them and store them in the dustbag at home. Again, the Coach tags can be kept on the bag and hung of it casually (see red bag images), or they can be easily taken off (see black bag images) to keep the bag looking uncluttered. The Rogue looks simple and smart without the tags and the long straps attached, which makes it a great city / work handbag. However, with the straps and the tags left on, it gives the handbag a more casual and edgy look, so it perfectly fits into you week and weekend wardrobe.
Can you believe I have banged on about how much I love this handbag for almost 1000 words?! A true testament to how much I love the Rogue! Anyway, I just wanted to point out a few extra things about this bag. Firstly, the studs on the bottom mean the handbag stands upright and and keeps the leather away from any dirty restaurant or transport floors. The actual weight of the handbag isn’t too bad, especially considering the amount of leather and the sturdy hardwear, somehow it doesn’t weigh a tonne once it’s piled high with my daily junk. The style of leather used for both Rogues I have is designed to age well. What do I mean? Well, some bags once they get a little worn get a bit of a ‘last season’ or ‘past their best’ feel to them, where as the thick almost equestrian style leather Coach have used only gets better with age and develops a beautiful patina rather than look old and tired. For me, the Coach Rogue has the whole package; it’s practical for day-to-day use, easy to style up, beautifully made, hard wearing and a damned good handbag for the money. Well done, Stuart, well done!
Images 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 taken by Adorn Girl. Images 2 and 3 taken by Samantha Taylor. Also, let me know what you think of the Coach Rogue Handbag, I think it’s one of the best luxury bags out there at the moment and I would love to hear your feedback on it! Below I have added in some shopping links in case you spot a rogue you fancy for yourself, a couple of them are on sale as well… #JustSaying!