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coach purse co-founder miles cahn dies


it was at lillian cahn’s suggestion that the company began producing its first generation of women’s handbags. she was impressed by the quality of a flexible kind of cowhide used in making baseball gloves.miles cahn, who with his wife founded coach leatherware, which helped redefine the american handbag as both chic and practical, died friday at home in new york. he was 95.his death was confirmed by chef mario batali, his son-in-law.mr. cahn and his wife, lillian, founded coach in 1961 after buying a small wallet manufacturer in new york city and renaming it.it was at lillian cahn’s suggestion that they began producing their first generation of women’s handbags. she was impressed by the quality of a flexible kind of cowhide used in making baseball gloves.most read storiesunlimited digital






coach co-founder miles cahn dies at 95


coach co-founder miles cahn died friday at the age of 95. the new york city native founded coach in 1961 with wife lillian, who died in 2013 at the age of 89.the husband-and-wife duo famously developed hides inspired by baseball glove materials — using the leather in bags and small accessories to forge an all-american aesthetic.coach began as a family-run workshop in a manhattan loft in 1941. the company started with six leather-workers who made men’s leather goods. five years later, the cahns joined the contractor, then known as gail leather products. the cahns were owners of a leather handbag manufacturing business and were knowledgeable about the business. in 1961, the cahns bought out the factory’s owners in a leveraged buyout.at lillian’s suggestion, the cahns started making women’s h