Day-to-Day Unearthing of 2nd-Hand Finds & Style Ideas
Sunday, 25 May 2014
FOUND - A Coach Trip to Childhood
I found this red Coach tote last week. I find myself nostalgic for the brand. When I was a kid, a friend of my mom's - Joan Forkin - carried a caramel coloured Coach; a chunky rectangle with brass hardware on a long strap. Mrs Forkin was half hippy child, half tough broad. She had a wonderful vegetable garden and swore like a sailor. I can still see her over-stuffed Coach, always unzipped, with makeup, cigarettes and checkbook (now a museum artifact) sprouting from the top of the bag. Her Coach had a patina akin to washed silk, and I felt happy when I was near it. It meant my mom and Mrs Forkin were near by too. I've found a few Coach bags, circa Mrs Forkin, but none thrill me like this ole' red tote. Its wear and tear connect me to women I admire and enjoy remembering. I picked it up at the Ealing Oxfam for £14.99.