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After years of outfitting women with a steady supply of bucket bags and logo-ed shoes, Coach will now conquer menswear with today's opening of the label's first men's store on Bleecker Street. The men's-only boutique will feature travel and business gear, wallets, sunglasses, watches and jewelry, flip flops, colorful canvas boat shoes, swimwear and nylon and leather jackets. Approximately 30% of the offerings will be exclusive to this store, including graffiti-printed canvas totes and metal embellished leather cuffs. Also, look out for innovative men's items, as this location will serve as an incubator and test ground for more experimental offerings.
WWD reports that the intimate 550-square foot boutique has consistent design with existing stores, but will be "tweaked in a masculine way" to include dark mahogany woods and a manlier brown color scheme. Opening on the Bleecker Street shopping corridor, Coach men's will have some significant menswear competition, going up against the big boys on the block like Marc Jacobs, Black Fleece and Ralph Lauren.
· Coach's First Men's Store Debuts [WWD, subscription req'd]
· Coach to Open Men's-Only Bleecker Street Outpost in May [Racked]