Why do women like Coach Bags? Is it just a ‘status’ thing—or is it the fact that a Coach bag represents quality, workmanship, and it will not wear out like the cheaper bags?
I can’t speak for other women, but I can speak for myself, and I wanted a Coach bag because of the reputation and quality of the bag. I could care less about the ‘status’ part, I just wanted to own something from a handbag manufacturer that had a solid reputation for quality handbags.
I purchased one at an outlet store in Tulalip Washington. I had only to walk in to get twenty percent off the price, and when I found the bag that I wanted, the tag said that I was getting it for half price of the $395.00 price.
I ended up paying less for the Coach bag than I did for the non-designer bag I purchased at Macy’s last month.
But it was a Coach, doncha know —I thought it would be something
Special’. I even found a wallet to match the bag. The wallet was priced at $l00.00.
When I walked out of the shopping mall, I was pretty proud of my purchase.
As I said, I felt special…
…Until Anthony’s Restaurant
The night my husband and went out for a seafood dinner at Anthony’s and I noticed that the woman at the next table had a Coach satchel in khaki pink. Since my Coach is a Black/white Signature Pocket Flap, I didn’t feel that I was showing up at a party where another woman was wearing the same dress that I had on. In fact, I mentally congratulated the woman on her good taste.
….Until the play “Meet Me in St. Louis“
The following week a Seattle theater was doing the play “Meet Me in St. Louis ‘ and since I had a close friend in the cast (and because I like plays) my husband and I attended opening night.
During intermission I went to the restroom and saw that there was a line of about thirty people. The line moved relatively fast, but I still had time to look around at the people waiting with me. I counted two Coach Bags in that line! —-A Khaki/Mahogany Flap handbag and a Black Coach in pleated leather.
Okay, I rationalize Coach is a popular brand, and now that they’re getting ‘affordable’ to the average shopper, it’s understandable that more people are carrying them.
…Until the Snoqualmie Casino
But it was the following month at Snoqualmie Casino that I went on overload with all the Coach bags that I saw.
We’d gotten our Crescent Club Gaming promotions in the mail and we decided to take advantage of them and go down to the casino.
After we parked the car in the garage, we waited for the elevator. The elevator stops and we get in. I notice that the woman next to me was carrying a Coach Horse and Carriage large signature tote bag. (I resisted the urge to ask if she needed that size of a bag to carry home all her casino winnings, but I kept my mouth shut.) We exchanged smiles (as one Coach owner to another) and the elevator stops at the casino level.
As we went out into the main casino the first thing I noticed was a Coach Black Hampton ‘carrying’ a woman.
(At this point, I was not seeing people only Coach bags!)
I was imagining the little boy in the movie “The Sixth Sense” sitting on the bed, eye wide open, cold breath coming out of his mouth as he whispers, I see Coach Bags.”
“I spotted another Coach Khaki Gold ‘carrying’ a woman going into the Box Car Deli. I nudged my husband, “Look at that, another Coach handbag. Can you believe it?” He mumbles something about he guessed other people liked Coach Bags as much as I do.
“That isn’t the point! If Coach Bags become that accessible wouldn’t there be a danger that it would spoil Coach’s reputation?”
“Coach is synonymous with quality and excellence,” I point out even though his eyes are glazing over, “with all the bags I’ve been seeing lately a more apt description might be that Coach is synonymous with Quantity and Excess.”
“Are you telling me that since you’ve seen a few bags lately…”
“A few bags?” I interrupt, “I’ve seen more Coach Bags than there are Elvis Impersonators in Las Vegas!”
“…since you’ve seen a lot of Coach Bags, you think that means that the quality is being compromised?” (My God, now my husband’s is sounding like a Buyer for Nordstrom’s.)
“Yes, I do. I believe the quality suffers.”
I thought about something I’d read only yesterday in “Bottom Line Personal” in an article on “How to Find Real Deals at Outlet Malls.”
The writer (Linda Arroz, Makeover Media) claimed that many factory outlets are no longer packed with the good bargains that they used to feature.
Outlet stores of the highest-end designers tend to be stocked with actual top-quality discounted overstock, with the exception (italics mine) of handbag maker Coach.
“Handbag maker Coach does feature lower-priced but lower-quality, straight-to-outlet handbags, among other merchandise.”
I wished I’d read that article before ponying up over 200.00 for bag and wallet.
As I said, I originally bought the bag for the ‘quality’ not for the ‘snob appeal’ and it seemed I was not getting what I paid for. (Even at outlet prices).
We were now approaching the cashier cage and there four lines of people waiting to redeem their coupon for money.
I began to look around while I was waiting, and before I could Rumpelstiltskin, I spotted five Coach Bags!
…Until Playing Slots
After we redeemed our coupons for cash, I played slots for awhile. I spotted a Khaki and Brown Coach Duffle Bag wearing a woman over by the King Cheetah slot
…Until The Falls Buffet
After playing for a couple of hours we decided to eat. We went over to the buffet line (there were about 50 people waiting in line) and when I spotted a Coach Legacy Signature and Op Art Chain Link Coach ‘wearing’ a woman, I turned around so fast I nearly knocked my husband down.
“You know what? I lost my appetite.”
“I thought you said you were hungry,”
“I lost my appetite for Coach Bags!
“The last time I looked Coach Bags were not on the menu. Would you settle for Prime Rib?”
I got back in line. “At this point, I’d settle for anything that didn’t have a Coach logo on it.”