The Coach X Billy Reid collaboration is a marriage made in heritage heaven. When Coach approached Billy Reid last year and proposed a collaboration, he said yes. “Their company has such a rich heritage – it’s an American brand with a real success story – and we thought this was a really good opportunity to get to know them and to learn about their process.”

The capsule collection was first seen last February in the Billy Reid Fall/Winter 2013 runway presentation. “While we were working on the Coach collection, we were coming up on the deadline for our show, so the timing was right. We were able to take fabrications and skins we were using in the (runway) collection and work them into the Coach collection. When we got to the show, we had a table of accessories we were able to pull from. We’ve never had anything like that before.”

Shop the Coach X Billy Reid collection is available in Billy Reid stores, billyreid.com and coach.com.

 

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Billy’s design for the collection’s bar set (below: top right) is based on a design from the Coach archives. “I have a couple of bar sets that I travel with, and started thinking about what I wish they had. Like, a nice knife,” he says. The set features three hand-blown flasks with sterling silver tips and a long-handled stirring spoon, as well as a bar towel.

 

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