In the Country

In the Country

>> We’ve been taking a lot of little “mini” trips.  I say “mini” but they become gargantuan when a six month old (when I say half a year, that somehow makes it sound a lot longer) is in tow.  We’ve done more travelling than the average mit-newborn family, in a bid to gently nudge at the realms of what is possible when you’re trying to lug the contents of John Lewis and Amazon Prime’s baby sections around with you.  In particular, we’ve been gallivanting around the UK this year alone, more than I have done in the last five years put together.  I’m ashamed slash not ashamed to say that one of the loveliest trips of all our little jaunts with the little one, was an overnight stay up at Soho Farmhouse.  You have to revel in the fact that it’s all a bit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet in Versailles.  You have to get over the faux rusticity and give into the manicured bucolic aesthetics.  That’s how you can convince yourself that by standing next to a log cabin, nestled against a man made stream, with perfectly spaced out smatterings of daisies and pampas grasses, you’re somehow “getting away” from the city.

This Disneyfied Cotswolds haven happened to be the perfect backdrop for Coach’s new pre-fall collection, which was shown last year in New York in a joint men’s and women’s show to celebrate the house’s 75th anniversary, as well as mark three years for Stuart Vevers at its helm.  He wanted to celebrate a New York spirit of “togetherness and a feeling of possibility”.  That’s an interesting choice of words in lieu of Coach House flagship store 5th Avenue position, mere metres away from Donald Trump’s golden totem pole of divisiveness.  Vevers goes on pointedly to talk about the celebration of “contradictions, imperfections and individuality” and a New York spirit that welcomes outsiders.

In the pieces seen here – a reworking of a sailor’s nautical collar on a leopard print sheer dress, a shearling jacket embroidered with flowers and a pair of velvet diamante buckled pilgrim clogs, it’s precisely Vevers’ “outsider” observations of Americana that means everything is pop-ified, exaggerated and almost made delightfully kitsch.  Vevers takes those honest codes and peps and perks them up, imagining his own vision of this American dreamer girl/boy, hitchhiking her/his way on the highways in the land of the free with a roomy Bandit bag holding everything they own.  Just as well then that non-American, not-free-spirited me should shrug on these amplified Americana Coach pre-fall pieces and play at make-believe cabin living in this similarly dreamt-up vision of being “in the country”.  And Nico’s verdict?  She enjoyed rolling around in her vintage shabby-chic Ercol cot and hand-knitted blanket, ta very much.

Coach Pre-Fall 2017 Wild Beast Nautical Dress, shearling coat with embroidery, Bandit bag with link detailing and velvet clogs

Coach shearling coat with embroidery, knitted check top and Bandit bag in burgandy worn with Marques Almeida jeans and Chloe sunglasses

This post is part of an on-going partnership with Coach


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  1. Haidee De Fraine

    2017-08-10 at 12:34 PM

    I love the embellishments on your jacket 🙂

  2. Kay Nguyen

    2017-08-10 at 1:22 PM

    Interesting outfits! Not really my cup of tea but they go very well with your background <3

  3. Ewa Macherowska

    2017-08-10 at 4:16 PM
  4. KY

    2017-08-11 at 8:13 AM

    That shearling coat and MA jeans are like made for you. Amazing.

  5. Jandrew

    2017-08-11 at 7:14 PM

    My darling girl it’s been so long since I engaged with your lovely prose ! This is a great post , I love these clogs . I ‘m not commenting on your Shearing coat as it is still August and refuse to even entertain such a look until at least September . Loving your stories , visit me !
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  6. cheryl guthan

    2017-08-12 at 12:42 AM

    Very nice, the landscape looks like Upstate NY in Summer.

  7. SilverEdit

    2017-08-13 at 11:54 AM

    I so covet the gorgeous Coach shearling jacket!

  8. Premarry

    2017-08-17 at 8:06 AM

    Very natural, very beautiful place
    Like you handbag style.

  9. Madison

    2017-08-29 at 11:01 AM

    I like this blog post and the fashion style is beautiful.
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  10. chichi

    2017-09-06 at 9:23 AM

    absolutely in love with the styling!

  11. Deborah Boland

    2017-09-14 at 5:54 PM

    It’s hot and sunny where I am so the shearling is making me feel a little hot just looking at it 🙂 but I love those bags. Those are the kinds of pieces that can elevate our look no matter what you’re wearing or no matter what you’re age. Thanks for a great post!


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