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October 15, 2018


Lincoln Center News





Artistic performance by Chaka Khan





NEW YORK, NY (October 15, 2018) — The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund will host An Evening Honoring Coach and present Coach’s Creative Director, Stuart Vevers, with its Women’s Leadership Award—provided by Lalique—on Thursday, November 29, 2018, in Alice Tully Hall. Guided by Vevers, who brought his unique vision and direction to the brand in 2013—Coach’s optimistic attitude and courageous spirit is reshaping the fashion landscape today.


The gala evening will include the award presentation, and a performance by Chaka Khan on the Adrienne Arsht Stage. The evening begins with a champagne reception and concludes with a seated dinner in the lobby of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The gala benefits the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, which raises crucial, unrestricted financial support for 10 constituent arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus.


“New York City has been Coach’s home since 1941, and the art and culture of the city continuously inspire everything we do,” Vevers said. “I am extremely happy to be honored by Lincoln Center, an iconic cultural institution and symbol of creativity in New York. I am also proud to accept this award at an evening that will benefit the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund as it continues to support arts, education and the development of new talent.”


"The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund is thrilled to honor Stuart Vevers with the Women’s Leadership Award,” said Lincoln Center Acting President Russell Granet. “Stuart's unparalleled designs, his charm, and his vision for the future of Coach combine to elevate an exceptional brand even further. We celebrate Stuart for his unique spirit as we raise vital funds to support the vast array of ten world-class resident arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus."


The co-chairs of An Evening Honoring Coach are Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Harper’s BAZAAR Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey, Christina Baker and Kenny Park of Simone.


“This evening raises important funds for Lincoln Center, the cultural heart of New York City,” Swartz, who is also chairman of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, said. “We’re pleased to celebrate Stuart Vevers and his work at Coach, a truly modern American brand known for its expert craftsmanship and authenticity.”


“Stuart Vevers has been a longtime friend, as well as a constant source of inspiration,” Bailey said. “His immense talent paired with his fresh vision for Coach—an iconic American heritage brand—has been exciting to witness, and I couldn’t be prouder of him to be the recipient of this year’s award.”


The Host Committee for the gala includes Jon Batiste, Selena Gomez, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael B. Jordan, Vic Mensa, Kiko Mizuhara, Hari Nef, Ade Samuel, Joshua Schulman, Maisie Williams, Russell and Ciara Wilson, Letitia Wright and Kate Young.


Since joining Coach in 2013, Vevers has successfully led a process of transformation for the 77-year-old American house of leather, re-contextualizing its identity for a new audience by introducing his signature individualistic charm and playful, youthful spirit. For the first time, the house has a presence during New York Fashion Week, with runway shows for the Coach 1941 collection—the ultimate expression of his vision. Mr. Vevers won the 2017 Accessory Designer of the Year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).


The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund is committed to creating an impact in our community far beyond superb artistic programming each season. The organization’s aim is to provide free programming that is open to all audiences; education and training in the arts to students, families and rising artists; and to deepen the connection with its community, especially within the five New York City boroughs.


The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund has previously honored Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière. In the past five years, more than $7.2 million has been raised for Lincoln Center and the arts through this annual gala event.


For questions regarding An Evening Honoring Coach, contact Arlene Graime, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, 212.875.5467, [email protected]


About Lincoln Center Corporate Fund

The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund is the sole vehicle that raises and distributes crucial, unrestricted corporate support among Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations. With one gift, the Corporate Fund allows companies to support ten world-renowned arts organizations and play a part in supporting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs that reach millions annually and make Lincoln Center a national treasure.


About Coach

Coach is a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear and a full range of lifestyle accessories. Founded in 1941, Coach has a longstanding reputation built on quality craftsmanship and is defined by its confident New York style. The brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. Coach products are available in approximately 55 countries through its network of directly operated stores, travel retail shops and sales to wholesale customers and independent third-party distributors, as well as through


Coach is a Tapestry, Inc. brand. Tapestry is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TPR.


About Harper’s BAZAAR

Sophisticated, elegant and provocative, Harper's BAZAAR ( is the style resource for women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture. With authority and insider insight, Harper's BAZAAR showcases the work of visionary stylists, expressive photographers and talented designers, covering what’s new to what’s next. Celebrating 151 Years as America's first fashion magazine, BAZAAR reaches an audience of 30+ million across print, digital, social, and, and is available in 44 countries around the world. Harper’s BAZAAR is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company with more than 360 businesses. Hearst attracts more readers of monthly magazines than any other publisher. Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach 139 million readers and site visitors each month–more than two-thirds of all women and nearly three-quarters of millennial women in the country (source: 2017 comScore Multi-Platform/MRI 01-18/F17). With 25 titles in the U.S, the company publishes close to 300 editions and 200 websites around the world. Follow Harper’s BAZAAR on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter.


Press contacts:

Pamela Hernandez, [email protected], 212.875.5363

Kaitie Ames, [email protected], 212.649.2180

Amanda Peña, [email protected], 212.946.3854


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