Coach was founded in New York City in 1941 as Gale Leather Products. The company originally produced small leather items like wallets and handbags.
In 1946, Miles Cahn and his wife joined the business. By 1950, Miles had taken over the business.
Miles hired Bonnie Cashin as lead designer in the early 1960s. Cashin added new features like coin purses and side pockets.
In the mid 1970s, the business name was changed to Coach Products, Inc.
Current CEO, Lewis Frankfort joined Coach in 1979 as the VP of business development.
In 1980, the business again changed names to Coach Leatherware Company.
In 1985, Cahn sold Coach to the Sara Lee Corporation.
In 2000, the company filed an IPO.
Today, Coach is a leading luxury leather goods company known mainly for women’s purses but also for luggage, briefcases, wallets and other accessories.