Coach New Willis

There’s no denying how quietly elegant and sophisticated the S/S12 Coach New Willis is, a reinterpreted design from an archived bag that first made its appearance back in 1969 as the Musette. Over the years, it has evolved into many variations, including a crossbody in 1973 as well as a briefcase in 1985, all the while keeping its tabbed flap and turnlock clasp which are its most defining features.

For 2012, Coach has released the Willis range of bags that pay homage to the original Musette, available in 3 different styles, one of which comes in 2 sizes. And my personal favourite has got to be the New Willis (shown above), stunning in vachetta leather with silver-tone hardware. Priced at USD298, the 25.4 cm by 24 cm shoulder bag is great for work or play, something you can carry either over the shoulder, or across the body.

If the one in vachetta leather is too high maintenance for you, you’ll be glad that it also comes in British Tan and a gorgeous dark blue, as well as Vermillion.

My only suggestion? To keep it as clean (and as old-school) as possible, I’ll remove the logotype hardware tag altogether.

Such a beauty, isn’t she?

Image: Coach

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