Classy Bags Range From Formal To Casual

December 23, 1990|By Donna Peremes

Even the names of Coach handbags are classy: the "Court Bag," the "Avenue Bag," the "Plaza Bag." They've long been associated with a certain chic, substantial elegance.

But this reputation for horsy high style isn't the whole story. Amongst the peerlessly crafted spectator bags and "Madison Satchels" can be found the "Light Hobo" and the "Duffel Drawstring" -- bags that reflect in style as well as name a looser sensibility.

Debbie Blank, assistant manager at the Coach Store in the Gallery, says their customers run the gamut from college-age girls searching for a duffel to throw all their stuff in to customers who return to the same, classic style year after year. Some are so loyal to a particular style that they buy one in every color, she says. Coach leatherware's appeal doesn't end at our shores. Over 20 percent of the business in New York and San Francisco stores comes from tourists, and the bags are also sold abroad in such tony department stores such as Mitsukoshi in Japan and Harrods of London.

Locally, they're carried at the Coach Store in the Gallery and at select area department stores.

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