It’s safe to say there’s been an eclectic range of collaborations in recent years. Last year alone we saw Christopher Kane put a fresh new spin on Crocs, Vetements bring back Juicy Couture sweats, and Kith take on the ’90s with its Power Rangers-inspired streetwear. The latest mash-up to join the list? Coach’s new line with indie luxe brand Rodarte.
As first reported by WWD, the 15-piece collection includes one handbag and an array of apparel items, and is expected to launch in April at select Coach stores, coach.com, and specialty retailers. According to a Rodarte representative, the capsule is the result of a mutual friendship between Coach’s creative director, Stuart Vevers, and Rodarte designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and it’ll explore “the idea of mixing the vocabularies of New York and Los Angeles.”
At first blush, the partnership between the American brand and the Los Angeles-based label might seem odd given their contrasting aesthetics. The former is best known for its leather goods and a quirky range of millennial-centric offerings, including a Mickey Mouse capsule with Disney and a set of accessories inspired by its mischievous T-rex mascot, Rexy. Rodarte, on the other hand, is the darling of fashion editors and Hollywood A-listers. Its avant-garde and ethereal gowns are a favorite among celebs like Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, and Kirsten Dunst.
And yet despite all the differences, the Coach and Rodarte collab checks all the boxes when it comes to the two brands’ end goals. Under Vevers’ direction, Coach has been going through a massive brand overhaul in the past couple of years, eschewing its signature logo-heavy bags in favor of Americana-inspired heritage pieces like biker jackets and shearling coats. It enlisted fashion photographer Steven Meisel to shoot ad campaigns, and even announced a new partnership with Louis Vuitton muse Selena Gomez. Last November, the brand unveiled its new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, paving its way into the realm of high fashion.
In contrast, the Mulleavy sisters have taken the opposite direction with a series of commercial-focused projects. The label has worked with a diverse range of lower-priced brands and mass-market retailers, including Target, Superga, and even Starbucks. Last March, it launched a lust-worthy ready-to-wear collection—with an equally attractive price tag—in collaboration with H&M’s sister brand, & Other Stories. Earlier today, the brand announced it will move its show from New York to Paris, and plans to add a third collection, which will focus on more “lifestyle” items like leather goods and trousers, according to Business of Fashion.
If anything, the limited-edition Coach and Rodarte collection finally gives us a chance to snag a Mulleavy sisters original without breaking the bank. Though the price range hasn’t been revealed yet, the line will likely fall below Rodarte’s four- and five-figure price tag if the brand’s past collaborations are any indication.
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Check out Rodarte’s spring 2017 collection: