We're pretty sure Coach and Saint James have heard our Summer-styling prayers, as evidenced by the new limited-edition collaboration between the two iconic labels. Translation: the nautical Breton stripe — a staple print of Saint James's heritage — takes shape on Coach's bag silhouettes, as well as on an assortment of must-have beach essentials. Canvas duffel bags, colorblocked panama hats, a long sleeveless dress, a drawstring top, and a retro-inspired bikini all made the collaboration cut, and each piece rightfully belongs somewhere near the sand and surf. This collaboration hits just in time for Summer's impending getaways, and with prices ranging from $98 for a Legacy Weekend wristlet to $498 for a leather and canvas tote, you can actually shop the Saint James for Coach collection online and in select Coach stores now. Click on to see some of our favorite pieces, right this way.
>> The Breton striped shirt dates back to the 1900s, when it was originally worn by French fishermen. Then, in the '50s, icons like Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, and Jean Seberg adopted the nautical print as their own. Fast forward to 2011, and fashion girls everywhere — think Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Jenna Lyons, Mary Kate Steinmiller, and Lauren Santo Domingo — are still sporting renditions of the classic Breton top. While the timeless navy and white pattern will always remain a closet staple, designers continue to make it new with their own unique interpretation of the pattern. Who can forget the frenzy Prada created when it showed chunky, brightly-colored stripes on its Spring runway? Shop our picks to add a little je ne sais quoi to your look right now.
>> A bundled ensemble doesn't have to look bulky, as exemplified by this street-snapped cutie from Amsterdam. Her chill-fighting outfit, comprised of an oversized wool camel coat, grey blazer, stripped top, black skinnies, and a super cozy scarf, is tempting us to leave our warm abodes for a stroll outside. Replicate the same cold weather look with items from Cheap Monday, Mango, ASOS, and Saint James.
Left to right: Mango Wool Camel Coat ($242), CC Skye Cross Wrap Around Ring ($41), Saint James Minquiers 10 Nautical Shirt ($75), Yossi Scarf ($90, originally ($180), Dolce Vita Mid Calf Napa Boot ($155, originally $210), Cheap Monday Jeans ($65), ASOS Boyfriend Blazer ($95)
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