|Traded as||NYSE: COH
S&P 500 Component
|Founder||Lillian and Miles Cahn|
|Headquarters||10 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001
Number of locations
|Jide Zeitlin (chairman of the board)
Victor Luis (CEO)
Stuart Vevers (executive creative director)
Andrea Resnick (interim CFO)
|Products||Women's and men's bags, women's and men's accessories, women's and men's apparel, watches, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, and fragrance|
|Revenue||$ 4.24 billion (2016)|
|Total assets||$4.6 billion (2016)|
Number of employees
|approx. 17,200 (2014)|
Coach, Inc. is a multinational luxury fashion company based in New York City. The company is known for accessories and gifts for women and men, including handbags, men's bags, women's and men's small leather goods, footwear, fragrance, jewelry, outerwear, ready-to-wear, scarves, sunwear, travel accessories, and watches.
- 1 History
- 2 Corporate affairs
- 3 References
- 4 External links
1946: Miles and Lillian Cahn join Coach
In 1946, Miles Cahn and his wife Lillian joined the company. Miles and Lillian Cahn were owners of a leather handbag manufacturing business, and were knowledgeable about leatherworks and business.
By 1950, Cahn had taken over the business. During the early years, Cahn noticed the distinctive properties and qualities of the leather used to make baseball gloves. With wear and use, the leather in a glove became softer and suppler. Attempting to mimic this process, Cahn made a way of processing the leather to make it stronger, softer, and more flexible. Since the leather absorbed dye very well, this process also created a richer, deeper color in the leather. Soon after Cahn developed this new process, Lillian Cahn suggested to Miles that the company supplement the factory's men's accessories business by adding women's leather handbags. The "sturdy cowhide bags were an immediate hit."
Miles and Lillian Cahn bought the company through a leveraged buyout in 1961.
1961–1974: Bonnie Cashin designs for Coach
Cashin instituted the inclusion of side pockets, coin purses, and brighter colors (as opposed to the usual hues of browns and tans) in the products. Cashin also designed matching shoes, pens, key fobs, and eyewear, and added hardware to both her clothes and accessories–particularly the silver toggle that became the Coach hallmark–declaring that she had been inspired by a memory of quickly fastening the top on her convertible sports car.
1979: Lewis Frankfort Joins Coach
In 1979, Lewis Frankfort joined the company as vice-president of business development. During this time, Coach was making $6 million in sales and products were being distributed through the domestic wholesale channel, primarily in the northeastern United States. He was mentored by the then executive VP of sales, Richard Rose. Richard joined Coach in 1965, and he is credited with making Coach a household name after putting the product in department stores across the United States and abroad. He retired from his position in the company in 1995.
1985: Sale to Sara Lee
In 1985, the Cahns decided to sell Coach Leatherware after determining they wanted to "devote more time to their growing goat farm and cheese production business called Coach Farm in Gallatinville, New York, which they began in 1983". Coach was then sold to Sara Lee Corporation for a reported $30 million. Lew Frankfort succeeded Cahn as president.
Sara Lee structured Coach under its Hanes Group. In early 1986, new boutiques were opened in Macy's stores in New York City and San Francisco. Additional Coach stores were under construction, and similar boutiques were to be opened in other major department stores later that year. By November 1986, the company was operating 12 stores, along with nearly 50 boutiques within larger department stores.
1996: Reed Krakoff leads design
In 1996, Lew Frankfort was named chairman and CEO of Coach. The following year, under Frankfort's leadership, Coach hired Reed Krakoff, whose creative and commercials instincts aimed to make Coach products functional, lightweight, and stylish. Krakoff's design transformed Coach from the relatively small company that it was in 1985 into the worldwide-known brand that it is today.
2013–present: Leadership changes and store closures
In February 2013, Coach named Victor Luis president and chief commercial officer and announced that he would become chief executive officer in January 2014, with Lew Frankfort continuing as executive chairman. In 2013, Coach generated $5 billion in sales and operated approximately 1,000 directly operated locations globally, including North America, Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, and Europe.
During 2014, Coach also announced that Lew Frankfort would retire as executive chairman at the expiration of his term in November 2014.
In January 2015, Coach agreed to buy shoemaker, Stuart Weitzman, for up to $574 million in cash. In the same year, Coach also launched Coach 1941, "a new, higher-priced line centered on ready-to-wear." 
On June 1, 2000, the company changed its name to Coach, Inc.
Lewis Frankfort has been involved with Coach for more than 30 years. He was named chairman and CEO in 1995, and in 2014 became executive chairman. During 2000, he oversaw Coach’s transition to a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE and in 2011 became the first American issuer to list on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
Victor Luis was named chief executive officer of Coach, Inc. in January 2014. Prior to his appointment and beginning in February 2013, he held the role of president and chief commercial officer of Coach, Inc., also serving on Coach’s board of directors.
Luis has been a member of Coach’s senior leadership team since joining the company in 2006, holding a number of international management roles and leading Coach’s expansion in Asia. Most recently, he served as president of the International Group, and was responsible for Coach’s operations outside of North America. Prior, he was president of Coach Retail International, where he oversaw the company’s directly operated businesses in China (Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland), Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan, and president and CEO of Coach China and Coach Japan. Luis originally joined Coach as president and CEO of Coach Japan, Inc.
Before joining Coach, from 2002 to 2006, Luis was president and chief executive officer for Baccarat, Inc., leading North American operation of the French luxury brand. Earlier in his career, Luis held marketing and sales positions within the Moët-Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Group.
Stuart Vevers joined Coach in the fall of 2013 as executive creative director. Vevers joined Coach from Loewe, where he held the role of creative director since 2008. Prior to Loewe, he served as creative director of Mulberry from 2005 to 2008. He began his career at Calvin Klein, and has contributed in creative roles with Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. In 2006, Vevers won the British Fashion Council’s Accessory Designer of the Year award.
Jide J. Zeitlin joined Coach Inc. November 6, 2014. He had previously been a partner at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Zeitlin joined Goldman Sachs in 1987 and became a partner in 1996. He retired in December 2005, and currently serves Coach Inc. as independent chairman of the board, and the Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. as the director.
Lillian Cahn died, aged 89, March 4, 2013 in Manhattan, New York.
Miles Cahn died, aged 95, February 10, 2017 in Manhattan, New York.
The Coach Foundation
The Coach Foundation was established in 2008 to support organizations that empower and educate women and children around the world. According to the foundation’s website via Coach.com, the program has two areas of focus:
- "Coach's Women's Initiative explores the best opportunities to help women fully realize their potential by supporting programs that encourage personal and economic empowerment.
- Coach's Education Initiative focuses on improving educational opportunities for the underserved, to provide everyone with the opportunity to learn, grow and meaningfully contribute to our society."
In 2016, "the Coach Foundation donated $3 million to Step Up, the New York-based nonprofit organization that helps teen girls fulfill their potential." Additionally, Coach, Inc. also funds select projects that enhance the environment in communities where it conducts principal business operations.
Sara Lee Corporation divested itself of Coach first, by selling 19.5% of their shares of Coach at the Coach IPO in October 2000, followed in April 2001, with the distribution of their remaining shares to Sara Lee’s stockholders through an exchange offer.
In 1959, Coach introduced its logo.
As of 2013, there are approximately 1,000 Coach stores in North America, with more expected to open. Coach has also built a strong presence in the U.S. through Coach boutiques located within select department stores and specialty retailer locations.
Coinciding with its 75th anniversary in 2016, Coach opened Coach House, a 20,000-square-foot Midtown Manhattan retail space.
Today, Coach’s corporate headquarters remain in mid-town Manhattan on 34th Street, in the location of their former factory lofts. In August 2016, the company finalized the sale and leaseback of its office condo portion of 10 Hudson Yards – its headquarters. Coach received $707 million before transaction costs.
In 1999, Coach launched its online store at www.coach.com.
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