About Designer

M Repke
Mary E. Repke
Coakley® designer and founder
That’s me – “Chief Bag Lady.” I’m a problem solver who loves challenges. That’s why I chose a career in corporate product development and marketing. I’ve worked on some incredibly interesting projects that have changed the way people communicate.

Today, a smartphone is indispensable. But back in the ‘80s, it was just a dream. As the Director of Marketing at Sharp Electronics, I spearheaded the marketing introduction of the first PDA’s and cordless phones which changed consumers habits and use of technology while waiting for service providers to embrace the evolution and collaboration with the device makers.

When I was at Faber Castell, I challenged the concept that we all have to write in black, red and blue ink. Why couldn’t we be iconoclastic revolutionaries and write in purple, aqua and hot pink? This new product line of ‘fashion inks’ propelled Uni-ball to the number one selling pen in the nation.

But that just wasn’t enough for me. I needed a bigger challenge. I wanted to solve the problem that frustrates every single woman — How can I carry around all my stuff without looking like a bag lady?!

Coakley Was Born

So, I left the corporate world, surveyed hundreds of women, and designed a functional and gorgeous lifestyle bag for women. Coakley Business Class, LLC was born in 2004.

When you carry a Coakley, you’re carrying around what you typically used to carry in three bags – your purse, laptop bag and briefcase. And, you look beautiful doing it!

Don’t take my word for it – women all over the country are raving about Coakley.