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. (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. (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!(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. (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.