Coach, the global fashion house has collaborated with Tom Wesselmann, an American pop artist, on an exclusive collection inspired by the playful, optimistic spirit that shared between the house and the artist. The Coach x Tom Wesselmann collection was introduced via a global campaign starring Hari Nef, Kai-Isaiah Jamal and Manami Kinoshita, photographed by Juergen Teller.
The Coach x Tom Wesselmann collection introduces Wesselmann’s quintessential artworks on Coach icons such as the Rogue and Duffle bags and shearling jackets, celebrating the house and the artist’s shared legacies of American heritage and pop culture.
Inspired also by the theme of pleasure in Wesselmann’s work, the collection features the artist’s colorful graphic motifs—including lips, flowers and still lifes with oversized objects—richly embellished onto Coach’s Signature jacquard and heritage Glovetanned leather with printing and embroidery with sequins. To create the collection, Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers worked closely with the artist’s family and estate.
“Like my collections for Coach, Tom Wesselmann’s work is inspired by the extraordinary found in the everyday and the universal references that bring us together,” said Vevers. “Sensory and joyful, our collaboration is a tribute to the sense of pleasure Tom found in the process of creating.”
The campaign captures the talent in a distinctly Wesselmann world of vibrant color and oversized everyday objects, referencing the artist’s playful approach to scale. The campaign film introduces an original poem, written and read by Jamal, inspired by Wesselmann’s work. The campaign is also brought to life with a digital experience where users can explore and learn about the collection, social filters where they can play with Wesselmann’s motifs, and a series of “EduToks” on TikTok discussing Wesselmann’s life and work. Click here to experience.
The Coach x Tom Wesselmann collection will be available to shop at pop-ups and store takeovers globally. In Malaysia, the collection has been available starting July 7th exclusively at Coach Pavilion Elite and Coach The Gardens store, and online on malaysia.coach.com.
All images courtesy of Coach (Image Credit: Ⓒ Estate of Tom Wesselmann, Licensed by Artestar, New York).