Coach Announces Further Strengthening of Creative Team

  Coach Announces Further Strengthening of Creative Team

Appoints Zach Augustine to EVP, Global Environments; Erin Thomson VP, Artistic
                        Director, Global Environments

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 27, 2013

Coach, Inc. (NYSE: COH, SEHK: 6288), a leading marketer of modern classic
American accessories, today announced a further strengthening of its creative
organization with two key appointments focused on elevating store environments
globally.

Lew Frankfort, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc., said, “The
appointments of Zach Augustine and Erin Thompson to these newly created roles
are the latest steps we’ve taken to broaden our capabilities to enhance the
Coach experience through product, retail environments and integrated marketing
communications. This comprehensive approach to our transformation to a
lifestyle brand will add excitement and cachet to Coach.”

Zach Augustine will join Coach as EVP, Global Environments, effective March
11, 2013, reporting to Reed Krakoff. Mr. Augustine will lead initiatives
across Visual Merchandising, Architecture and Creative Development partnering
with the other leaders to create a consistent and cohesive brand story.

Mr. Augustine joins Coach from Nike, where he held the role of Global Creative
Director – Direct-to-Consumer Experience. Prior to Nike, he was co-founder of
Winston, a consulting firm that worked with clients on projects ranging from
brand identity design to retail and showroom design, development and
production. He started his career in visual merchandising at Giorgio Armani
and worked in creative leadership positions of increasing responsibility at
Diesel, Polo Jeans, Nautica and Levi Strauss before launching Winston.

Additionally, Erin Thompson will join Coach this spring as VP, Artistic
Director, Global Environments. In this role, Ms. Thompson will oversee all
creative development for windows, in-store, showrooms and events, reporting to
Mr. Augustine. Ms. Thompson comes to Coach from Selfridges & Co., in London,
where she most recently held the position of Head of Visual, having initially
joined the company in 2002. Prior to Selfridges, Ms. Thompson spent twelve
years at Mulberry in progressively senior visual merchandising roles.

Reed Krakoff, President and Executive Creative Director, added, “Our stores
are our most important point of engagement with our customers - they allow us
to showcase the world of Coach in its fullest expression. Both Zach and Erin
have extensive and successful track records of creating impactful consumer
experiences that will be instrumental in bringing our stores to the next
level.”

The company appointed Sandra Hill, EVP Women’s Design who joined Coach in
January 2013 with responsibility over all women’s product. Ms. Hill was
credited with building out the Women’s business at Paul Smith Ltd., in London
where she held increasingly more senior creative positions leading to her
elevation to Creative/Design Director Womenswear in 2007, departing in 2011.
During her 16 year tenure, she partnered with Paul and was responsible for
leading the vision for Women’s across all categories including ready-to-wear
and accessories.

Coach had previously appointed Jeffrey Uhl to his current position as SVP
Men’s Design in September 2012. He originally joined Coach in July 2010 from
Converse. Since joining Coach in 2010, Jeffrey has been instrumental in the
transformation and tremendous growth of the Men’s business across all channels
and geographies.

Coach, with headquarters in New York, is a leading American marketer of fine
accessories and gifts for women and men, including handbags, men’s bags,
women’s and men’s small leathergoods, weekend and travel accessories,
footwear, watches, outerwear, scarves, sunwear, fragrance, jewelry and related
accessories. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department
stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com.
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current expectations, based upon risks and uncertainties such as expected
economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability
to control costs, etc. Please refer to Coach’s latest Annual Report on Form
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Contact:

Coach
Analysts & Media:
Andrea Shaw Resnick, 212-629-2618
SVP Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
 
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