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As the fashion capital of the country (and arguably the world), New York is brimming with fascinating design history. For example, did you know handbag heavyweight Coach began in 1941 as a men?s line, inspired by a baseball glove? Or that its iconic turnlock hardware was modeled after the hardware on a 1960s convertible?

These very stories actually led the local brand to dig into its archives and create a nostalgic new collection, aptly named Legacy. Dozens of styles--including bags, shoes, accessories and even apparel--are all centered around a return to exceptional detailing (like the raw edges on those fab tassels being hand-painted) and the vivid colors Coach is known for.

Take the Legacy Duffle for example. The bucket-style bag (made famous by the brand in the 1970s) comes in an already full spectrum of 18 hues. But thanks to nine additional Duffle Kits (i.e., a strap, tag and tassel), you can mix and match color combinations to create a style all your own. Turn a standard brown sac up a notch with, say, a hot-pink strap and tassel.

This is New York. Who says you can?t have nice things and a little fun all at once?

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