The company history can be found on this web site: Funding Universe
For our purposes, we quote the timeline of events form the web page.
1941: The company is founded as a family-run workshop, making small leather goods in Manhattan.
"By 1960, Cahn had taken notice of the distinctive properties of the leather used to make baseball gloves. With wear and abrasion, the leather in a glove became soft and supple. Following this model, Cahn devised a way of processing leather to make it strong, soft, flexible, and deep-toned in color, as it absorbed dye well. At his wife Lillian's suggestion, a number of women's handbags were designed to supplement the factory's low-margin wallet production. The purses, given the brand name Coach, were made of sturdy cowhide, in which the grain of the leather could still be seen, instead of the thin leather pasted over cardboard that was used for most women's handbags at the time. This innovation marked the company's entry into the field of classic, long-lasting, luxury women's handbags that Coach would come to define."
From Funding Universe at
1985 Coach Ad
Remember Lillian Cahn, the cofounder and creator of Coach Handbags!