The Coach de­signer’s life by the num­bers. By Tara La­mont-Djite.

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6.30AM Since mov­ing to New York from Madrid, I’m wak­ing up ear­lier. The first thing I do is check my phone. I have two iPhones, a work one and a per­sonal one. I usu­ally go to BBC News and see what’s hap­pen­ing, as Europe has al­ready been awake for a few hours. If I have time, I love to take a bath. I add a very so­phis­ti­cated prod­uct called Mr. Bub­ble, and I like to lie there and check my phones. I look at In­sta­gram – I fol­low Idea Books, Dree Hem­ing­way, Co­lette, Zoë Kravitz, and Coach – I read the news, and I’ll take a look at the weather. 7AM Once I’m done with the bath, I get dressed. I have a uni­form for work, so it takes me about two min­utes to get ready. I’m very much the kind of jeans, T-shirt, sweat­shirt guy in the stu­dio. I usu­ally end up in Acne jeans and a J. Press shirt. I don’t have a big wardrobe; I’m quite good at clear­ing out my clothes. A friend of mine calls it “life laun­dry,” where you go through all your stuff and get rid of things. Ev­ery day I wear a dif­fer­ent pair to work. I al­ways spritz some of my favourite fra­grance, Blanche by Byredo, be­fore I leave the house. It smells like clean sheets. 7.15AM Af­ter I’ve fin­ished dress­ing, I pack my bag. I like to try out new styles we’re work­ing on at Coach, and I en­cour­age the rest of the de­sign team to do the same. I know some de­sign­ers are like, “Oh, I don’t want it to be seen on the street be­fore it comes out.” But I’m not pre­cious about try­ing out new styles. So I’ll use a first pro­to­type to give it a road test. I like to hang charms off my bags; at the mo­ment, I have Wood­stock from the Coach x Peanuts col­lec­tion. I’ll typ­i­cally take a note­book, my Coach leather wal­let, my phones, and a book. I like read­ing ed­u­ca­tional and ad­vice-type books, but I’m cur­rently read­ing A Lit­tle Life by Hanya Yanag­i­hara. I like nov­els that show the New York ex­pe­ri­ence through the eyes of a dark horse. I used to read a lot of Bret Eas­ton El­lis, like Amer­i­can Psy­cho. His style ref­er­ences def­i­nitely in­formed my take on fash­ion. 7.30AM I love to walk, so I walk to work and back home ev­ery day. It takes half an hour, and it’s a great time to clear my head and think about the day ahead. Some­times I lis­ten to mu­sic, and most days I walk along the High Line, which is a real treat. 8AM I ar­rive at work early, and the first thing I do is speak to my ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant, who briefs me on my sched­ule for the day, then I’m straight into meet­ings. I’m not re­ally an e-mail per­son. I pre­fer to have a meet­ing and talk face-to-face or on the phone. I prob­a­bly get only about 20 e-mails a day. 8.30AM I have break­fast at work, nor­mally dur­ing a meet­ing, and it’s the same thing ev­ery day – cof­fee with just a tiny bit of milk and a ham and mush­room omelette made with whole eggs; I’m not an egg white per­son. One of

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