For the next iteration of creative director Stuart Vevers’ narrative around American heritage seen through the lens of youth counterculture, Coach premiered the Winter 2023 collection. A special capsule within the collection, designed by Coach but curated by Lil Nas X, also made its debut.
The Winter 2023 collection was chock-full of leather and leopard print, an ode to things loved and re-loved, focused on blending youthful energy and pop culture heritage. Where there’s knitwear, there’s sequined slip dresses—mixing grunge and casual that could be seen walking into an underground bar or a coffee shop. Don’t forget to give a wink at passersby glances wherever you go, cementing the enchantment the reimagined classics induce.
From leather bomber jackets to crewnecks, high-top sneakers to cardigans, Vevers sticks with pieces many of us grew up with but with an added twist. Maybe it’s a long leather skirt, or a hot-pink biker jacket—perhaps a pair of shearling boots—but the outfits reminisce on the past while looking towards the future. The whole collection took inspiration from Lil Nas X’s now seminal style, giving that music-star or concert-goer feel to many of the outfits.
Throughout the looks are pieces curated by Montero himself, some as small as the Coach Lollipop charm necklace or as big as the bright orange shearling coat. For the most part, Lil Nas X honed in on his sense of color and glamor, adding that extra bit of fun and energy to nostalgia and history.
“Our Winter collection is inspired by my belief that fashion is about exploring and celebrating all of who you are,” shared Vevers. “To create the collection, we twisted the Coach archives and were also inspired by Lil Nas X’s connection to music and nightlife. We evolved heritage styles introduced on the runway last season by amplifying color, texture and graphics to create pieces that celebrate our love for individuality and authentic self-expression that we share.”
Pieces exemplifying sustainable sourcing, including reimagined pre-consumer tees and sweatshirts, and a lookbook in the historic Park Avenue Armory full of cast members taking mirror selfies showing how they would enjoy the styles round out Vevers’ vision of using history as a base to find self-expression.