Kenneth Cole Replaces Man's Bag After It Was Stolen
Gary Cotton went into a crowded Applebee's to watch the NBA playoffs when he set his $300 Kenneth Cole messenger bag down on a bar stool. Soon after a thief took the bag which also contained a $2,300 work laptop. Although the laptop was covered by insurance, the bag would have to be a loss.
Kenneth Cole, the designer of the stolen bag, saw the story about the bag through a Google alert he'd set up for his name. After reading the story and finding out that it was a Christmas present from Cotton's mom, Cole tracked down Cotton and offered to replace the bag.
"We were hoping to ease this individual's misfortune of having lost his computer...(At the risk of being an accessory after the fact)," Cole wrote.
A Kenneth Cole spokeswoman said that this gesture was a "pay it forward story".
“Hopefully [Cotton] goes on and does a good deed for someone else,” said spokeswoman Samantha Cohen.
Cotton said that he will keep shopping for Kenneth Cole fashions and will make sure to keep a closer eye on his his belongings.