NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Michael Kors (KORS - Get Report) and Coach (COH - Get Report) are revving up for the fall season and it looks like each are playing to their strengths in the battle over the handbag and accessories categories.
At Michael Kors, which plays to the "jet set" luxury lifestyle, two trends consumers will see in fall products include black accessories and camouflage products. At Coach, where sales have been struggling, its attempt to remake itself into a "lifestyle" retailer (meaning it sells more than handbags) includes returning to basics, which include leathers and a more classic look, according to retail expert Marie Driscoll.
"Michael Kors rooted in its fashion luxury positioning this season has a fabulous black watch. Most of us don't have a whole lot of black jewelry in our wardrobe ... who better than Michael Kors with his credo for fashion and watches better exemplifies the watch we should buy? Then we will just move on to buy his black bracelet or rings," Driscoll told TheStreet on Friday in a video interview. "Camouflage goes in and out of season. It's very hip now."
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