NEW YORK --Reed Krakoff, who has been the creative director of affordable luxury brand Coach since 1996, launched his own namesake ultra-luxury brand in 2010. For the first few seasons, the reviews of the runway collection were mixed.
But Krakoff has been steadily building his cred among the fashion cognescenti. His Boxer and Atlantique leather totes are big hits at retail. This year, he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Award for Accessory Design. And who can forget that in May, his name was lifted into the headlines when Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, wore a $990 Reed Krakoff bird print shirt for one of her TV interviews and was labeled as being out of touch.