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Lillian Cahn (née Lenovitz; December 11, 1923 – March 4, 2013) was a Hungarian-born American businessperson who co-founded Coach, Inc. with her husband, Miles Cahn. Lillian Cahn also created Coach's first line of handbags, which remains the label's trademark consumer product.[1][2] She had emigrated to the United States with her family during the Great Depression. After selling Coach in 1985, the Cahns operated a goat farm and cheese-making business in Pine Plains, New York.

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BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Lillian Cahn was born Lillian Lenovitz on December 11, 1923 in Hungary. She emigrated to the United States with her family during the Great Depression.[2]

CoachEdit

Coach's original line of products focused on men's wallets and billfolds in 1941.[3] It was Lillian who suggested the company branch out into women's handbags.[3] "I scoffed at first," Mr. Cahn told the New York Times.[1] "In New York, there were a lot of handbag companies, and at that time stores were all buying knockoffs of bags made in Europe. But my wife prevailed." Cahn also designed the first handbags, based on paper shopping bags she had used as a child in Pennsylvania. NPR called her "the force behind today's high-end leather handbags."[2]

After CoachEdit

After selling Coach in 1985, the Cahns operated a goat farm and cheese-making business in Pine Plains, New York.[2] Cahn died in Manhattan, New York City, on March 4, 2013, at the age of 89 and was buried in Pine Plains.[1][2] She was survived by her husband of 66 years, Coach co-founder Miles Cahn, who died in February 2017.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Vitello, Paul (2013-03-07). "Lillian Cahn, Creator of the Coach Handbag, Dies at 89". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e Cornish, Audie (2013-03-11). "Remembering Lillian Cahn, Creator Of The Coach Handbag". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  3. ^ a b Sidell, Misty White (2017-02-12). "Coach Cofounder Miles Cahn, 95". WWD. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  4. ^ Adams, Rachel (2017-02-11). "Miles Cahn, Co-Founder of Coach Handbags, Dies at 95". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-02-26.