Catherine Tooke, previously of Ralph Lauren, has been appointed Coach’s new Director of Planning and Allocation for their European operation.

Coach is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections. The $5 billion turnover business prides itself on holding the highest standards for materials and workmanship. Coach has been, and remains, a leader in the accessories category.

To capitalise on recent investment to expand their European presence, Coach recently appointed Catherine to lead the annual planning process and allocation strategy for Coach Europe’s Retail stores.

Casting the net particularly wide, our search led us to connect and build relationships with Merchandising professionals across the breadth of the luxury fashion and accessories market, including Royal Warrant holding businesses and their equivalents on three continents.

Catherine was most recently Planning Director for the whole of Europe for Ralph Lauren. Her career began in Merchandising for Karen Millen and she later worked for both M&S and Crew Clothing. Her expertise and dynamic approach are borne out of the wealth of her experience gained across luxury, premium, and high street brands.