5.01.2009

Bonnie Bojangles

Bonnie Cashin: Considered one of the most significant pioneers of designer ready-to-wear, more commonly called sportswear, in America. Among the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful designers of the 20th century, Cashin used an intellectual, artistic, and independent approach to fashion...She initiated the use of industrial hardware on clothing and accessories, most famously with the brass toggle that she incorporated into her handbag designs for Coach, the company for which she launched a women accessories division in 1963...Cashin is also credited with introducing the concept of layering to fashion. Bonnie Cashin. (2009, April 17). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April 18, 2009, from Wikipedia.


Considering how much Bonnie Cashin did for the fashion industry, I find it a great tragedy that I had no idea who she was until spotting the Coach Bonnie Cashin tote in the February 2009 issue of Teen Vogue (which arrived in my mailbox to eagerly awaiting hands just a few days after Christmas), and doing a bit of research on my home away from home – the World Wide Web. Since then I have grown to love the fashion pioneer as much as Diana Vreeland, Coco Chanel, and Dorothy Parker.

But after surfing the Coach website, and searching for any mention of the Bonnie Collection for months upon months, I began to think that the release of the tribute series featuring totes and t-shirts depicting the sketches of chic ladies about town had been pushed back. Or, even worse, halted altogether. Then one day, on a fluke, I visited Coach.com, and there they were in all of their colorful, cartoon-inspired glory; just waiting to be snatched up by the fashionista who is not restrained by a budget (aka not me).

What I love so much about this collection is that not only are the sketches extremely whimsical and innocent; but the little phrases and sayings that dot each bag in hip text bubbles are akin to receiving a note from your fashion-wise best friend. Never before did I think it imaginable that I would be so taken with something as childlike as the Bonnie Cashin Collection; but between the cotton candy inspired colors and the words of fashion wisdom, these pieces have become the apple of my eye, and are quickly making their way to the tip top of my wish list.


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Splendicity, Talking Shopping, and Handbag Report for the pictures.
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14 comments

becca. said...

those are gorgoeus illustrations on the bags!
xx

Couture Carrie said...

These totes are so fun! Love your review: "whimsical and innocent"!

xoxox,
CC

Leia said...

I saw the Cashin bags on the Coach website a month or two ago, and have seriously been eyeing them ever since! But I just treated myself to a Coach wristlet recently, so I think I'll have to admire these from afar, at least for now.

A "cheery" disposition said...

I am smitten over all these bags!

Nicole Marie said...

i've never been a huge fan of coach, but i love these!!

D. Marie said...

Ok so here I am on your site and Im finding myself in love with fashion! I have never been one to care about fashion too much or labels. I'm a t-shirt and jeans girl...any t-shirt, any jeans! But I do love purses! I just started buying Vera Bradley bags...online they are %50 off for last yrs bags! There only seems to be a few choices left of the pink elephant line...its a retired collection.

http://www.verabradley.com/Site/Store/ViewCategory.aspx?colorid=79

And like you said before about loving elephants...they have a pink elephant line...and I have one!! These Coach purses are beautiful...I love the colors and the art of them...the shopping lady on them is so cute! :)

D. Marie said...

Ok so I just checked the Macy's link you have and the top bag...the large tote is $1,000!! WOW! I heart this one... http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=380944&CategoryID=43111

la petite fashionista said...

I just posted on the Cashin bags as well. I fell in love with them because they're so different from what Coach usually does:)

xoxo

Emz said...

Oh I did a post on them too! They're so cute! I wish my budget wasn't so limited haha.

copperoranges said...

i'm not usually one for printed bags, but these are cute!

fashionbox said...

such delicious prints!

channy xx

Meream said...

The sketches are cute. I'd love them on fabric. :D

Meream said...

The boot with a gathered top looks strange but I bet it's comfy. I LOVE the printed wedge. :)

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

these bags are so cute!! love big bags :)

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