Coach Knows You Are Studding Their Vintage Bags, Wants to Offer You an Alternative

Coach Knows You Are Studding Their Vintage Bags, Wants to Offer You an Alternative(Urban Outfitters)

Thrifting vintage Coach bags — especially the classic 70's styles — and covering them with studs has become kind of a thing. People scour secondhand stores for the purses — which, if you're lucky, can be found for about $30 or so — and bedazzle over any wear and tear. The results look like this, pretty much.

Coach Knows You Are Studding Their Vintage Bags, Wants to Offer You an Alternative(Etsy)

Cute, right? But recently, some higher-end consignment shops started taking matters into their own hands and studding their Coach inventory, selling the metal-covered bags for hundreds of dollars.

Coach Knows You Are Studding Their Vintage Bags, Wants to Offer You an Alternative(Urban Outfitters)

And then Urban Outfitters got wind of the trend, and placed made-over pre-owned Coach bags on their website for $250. Which is about the cost of a new bag from Coach's lineup of 70's reissues.

So, starting this fall, Coach will offer an alternative to the markup crazyness. The label is rolling out a collection of vintage styles made from new materials, and covered with studs. Like this adorable little tasseled design!

Coach Knows You Are Studding Their Vintage Bags, Wants to Offer You an Alternative(Caitlin Petreycik/StyleBistro)

At last night's fall 2013 preview, we spotted caramel bucket bags with gold hardware, studded plum-colored carryalls, and sleek black cross-bodies with matching matte embellishments and gunmetal clasps. The brand even specially engineered the studs to be lightweight, which means the metal-covered parts of the purses won't sag.

Coach Knows You Are Studding Their Vintage Bags, Wants to Offer You an Alternative(Caitlin Petreycik/StyleBistro)

So, if you like the look and don't want to go the DIY route — or if you simply prefer your bags shiny and new — we suggest holding out until Coach's fall collection hits shelves.
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