Spanning as far back as the 19th Century, Loewe was established in Madrid, Spain as a cooperative for artisans in 1846 before centralizing in 1872 with Enrique Loewe Roessberg as the luxury fashion house’s director. It was the designated leather goods supplier of the Spanish crown as appointed by King Alfonso XIII, and thus secured a reputation with the country’s aristocratic classes. This legacy has been carried on by direct descendants of Loewe Roessberg and has had collections designed by venerables like Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, and Narciso Rodriguez.

In 2013, the highly acclaimed British designer Jonathan Anderson was installed as the heritage house’s creative director and charged with the responsibility of reinvigorating the international brand. The lambskin—Spain is known for having the most supple variety sourced from specially bred lambs—used for manufacturing endures an arduous selection process, allowing only the highest quality skins deemed acceptable for production. Along with first-rate materials, craftsmanship is equally valued, so much so that the honorary president of the Loewe Foundation, Enrique Loewe Lynch created the Loewe Craft Prize.

One of the Anderson’s biggest successes with the brand to date is the iconic Puzzle Bag, now a signature piece produced in various iterations season after season. A testament to the Spanish powerhouse’s upheld craftsmanship, the bag is pieced together by multiple leather patterns and can be folded flat. It is meant be worn in a multitude of ways including as a shoulder bag, a clutch, and even a backpack. Loewe’s core leather goods line has also expanded to include the beloved series of sculptural animal bags which began with the elephant.

Though leather goods may be the legacy brand’s strong suit, Anderson’s innovative aesthetic for ready-to-wear still shines through in asymmetrical hems such as the Broderie Anglaise Ruffle Top and fabric combinations on pieces like the Blanket Trench Coat.

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