Loewe and Sotheby’s for Loewe Weaves project

Spanish luxury house Loewe has teamed with Sotheby’s auction house to showcase its commitment to craft through the Loewe Weaves project. The objects presented include artisan-embellished Galician chestnut roasters, bags and accessories for a unique collection that resonates with artisanal craftsmanship.

“Craft is one of my main interests: one that I’ve made central to Loewe’s identity,” says Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of the Spanish luxury house. Each project at Loewe is a way to explore a different aspect of craft. LOEWE Weaves explores the art of weaving, which can be employed as decoration or to build a structure. The main protagonist in the collection is a traditional handmade clay Chestnut roaster pot from Galicia. The holes punched – originally to allow the chestnuts to roast – have been re-appropriated by artists who experiment with different weaving techniques.

From May 1-12, Sotheby’s is exhibiting a selection of handmade pots created by master potter Antonio Pereira and reinterpreted by three artists: Arko (Japan), Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain). The works will enjoy an exceptional showcase in conjunction with Sotheby’s auctions of 20th and 21st century art. Loewe Weaves pieces will be sold at a fixed price on Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace from May 1. Loewe becomes the first major luxury fashion house to consign with the platform.

Each handmade pot becomes a canvas for international artists to explore a range of experimental weaving techniques, resulting in a collection that twists the functionality of these objects and gives the discarded materials new life.

Loewe also invited Spanish artisans Idoia Cuesta and Belen Martinez, as well as artisans from Loewe’s own ateliers, to experiment with over 80 chestnut roasters, giving free rein to their imaginations. Faithful to the myriad expressions of the art of weaving the artisans twisted and turned the function of the objects. The holes in the traditional roasters are braided or passed through with ribbons, leather strings, wool threads, straw or feathers, taking on new life. Some artists chose to glaze or paint the surface, while others left the clay untouched.

Each piece recounts a singular story, rewiring the initial function by playfully welcoming abstraction. Many of the materials that embellish the Loewe Weaves roasters are surplus from past Loewe collections. Reuse of excess materials to give them a new and vibrant life perfectly embodies the ethos of the Maison as summed up by Jonathan Anderson: “Authentic craft, for me, is sustainable.”

Loewe Weaves includes a collection of revisited iconic bags and accessories. Available from May 27 at loewe.com and selected stores, the Balloon bag is animated with a garland of flowers crafted from leather offcuts, while the Elephant bag is featured in woven raffia. “Across this whole project, I hope that what comes through is the liveliness and expansiveness of contemporary craft, as well as its playfulness. I am proud we have created singular objects that rewire function through decoration, and the other way round,” concludes Jonathan Anderson.

The main protagonist of Loewe Weaves is the chestnut roaster from Galicia: a series of handmade clay pots crafted by master potter Antonio Pereira (above).

In collaboration with Sotheby’s, selected chestnut roasters will be on display at the auction house’s New York galleries from 1– 12 May, and seven pieces will be available to purchase on the Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace.

The chestnut roasters are available in selected Loewe stores worldwide from 27 May. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Hot off the press: A Show in the News

Read all about it: Spanish fashion house Loewe has presented its Fall/Winter 2021 womenswear collection titled ‘A Show In The News’. In a boundary-breaking (news) attempt to subvert the world of fashion as we know it today, the label’s creative director Jonathan Anderson continues his efforts to create paper-based shows by presenting the new FW21 collection in the most commonly-found media format there is, producing a supplement for newspapers that will feature in ‘Le Figaro’ and ‘Le Monde’ in France, ‘El Mundo’ of Spain, ‘The Times’ of London, ‘The New York Times’, and Japan’s ‘The Asahi Shimbun’.

Originally scheduled to take place today in Paris, the Loewe Fall Winter 2021 women’s runway show has been cancelled. Instead, the latest collection is presented as A Show in the News: a newspaper supplement that has been distributed in the world’s leading news titles.

It’s a response to a show that wasn’t meant to be thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t halted Anderson’s creativity. Instead, it put a fire under his feet to create something millions will see, emblazoning the supplement with a bold headline reading ‘The Loewe Show Has Been Cancelled’ alongside a Loewe logo for the masthead.

Upon reading your supplement, you’ll find imagery captured by Fumiko Imano that sees Freja Beha Erichsen wearing the latest and greatest designs from Loewe’s FW21 collection. Bright, acrylic tones flood the collection alongside structured graphics, which sees billowing silhouettes become seemingly structured with their use of lines – in short, it’s all very Mondrian, very modern abstract art, and perfect for when you want to feel special when dressing up at home.

Featuring Freja Beha Erichsen and photographed by Fumiko Imano, the presentation is accompanied by an exclusive preview of best-selling author Danielle Steel’s latest novel The Affair.

Standouts from the ‘A Show In The News’ include the lead quilted look. Quilting takes pride of place in the collection, but it’s strongest in the green and white coat that’s fluid yet firm. The shapes (in this and in the entire collection) are curvaceous but structured, and with this coat, the dimensions are only accentuated by the colorful lines cutting through it.

Elsewhere, the Spanish fashion house presents complete contrasts that are still playful. For example, there’s a black riding coat and matching culottes that are decorated with gigantic pink tassels, while an asymmetrical dress is covered in sparkles and glitter for a smattering of glam.

Electricity. The Loewe Fall Winter 2021 women’s runway collection is a bold, visually saturated statement in shape and colour, pumped up to the max.

Rounding out the ‘show’ is the return of Loewe’s Amazona bag, which first released back in 1975. It’s a quintessential Loewe accessory, and this season it appears in Nappa calfskin and anagram jacquard variations that fit perfectly alongside both the vivid and subtle pieces in the collection. Additionally, Anderson has made color-blocked lug-soled boots, pleated buckle and bracelet high heel boots, a new range of Puzzle bags, knotted and twisted bracelets and earrings in sterling silver, and finishes it all off with signature twisted chain elements in gold or rhodium-finished silver.

Free editions of ‘A Show in the News’ will be available at selected Loewe stores worldwide, until stocks last.

Loewe’s ‘A Show In The News’ can be seen in the photo’s above or in the aforementioned newspapers, and will drop in-store and on the fashion house’s website sometime this August. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe

Jonathan Anderson talks to novelist Danielle Steel

Spanish fashion house Loewe is one of the world´s major luxury houses. With over 170 years of history, today it is defined by the modernity of its past, an unwavering confidence in the present, and a firm look forward.

Craftsmanship, progress and unequalled expertise with leather, Loewe’s founding pillars, are reconfigured with a timely awareness evident in desirable and functional products across multiple categories, including ready-to-wear, accessories, home and lifestyle. Spain is where Loewe was born and remains the brand’s home. While its current landscape contains elements from places near and far and the Spanish legacy is expressed in modern ways, the heart of Loewe still beats in Madrid, where all of its world-renowned leather goods continue to be manufactured.

Jonathan Anderson is Loewe’s creative director. Anderson was born in 1984 in Northern Ireland. After graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2005, he established himself as one of the most acclaimed talents in the industry.

A Show in the News, the FW21 women’s presentation created in response to the cancellation of the runway show. Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson speaks to two collaborators about their involvement in the concept.

Under Anderson, Loewe started a new chapter, presenting itself to the world more multi-faceted and dynamic than ever. Anderson’s first ready-to-wear collections for Loewe were presented in 2014. Streamlined, ultrasoft leather accessories are given a playful dynamic in the shapes of animals, and the T Pouch, now a bestseller, is the perfect hand carry accessory. The Puzzle, a completely new bag design by Anderson, his first for the fashion house, adds a novel character to Loewe´s range of iconic accessories, pairing of-the-moment functionality and aesthetics with ingenious construction and incredible softness.

Recorded on Zoom last week, Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson talks to novelist Danielle Steel, as they discuss their creative process and prolific output. Danielle is one of the best-selling authors of all time, with over 800 million copies of her 180 books sold worldwide. The first chapter of her upcoming novel ‘The Affair’ accompanies A Show in the News for Fall Winter 2021.

The new Loewe Conversations podcast is now available on iTunes. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Maite Infantes Torralba crafts Loewe’s Flamenco Clutch

Loewe artisan Maite Infantes Torralba crafts the Flamenco clutch in calfskin leather. Maite, who has been an artisan at the Spanish fashion house’s atelier for 21 years, compares the making of a bag by hand to the intricacies of architectural design.

The nappa we use is a very light leather. Making this bag is a great responsibility because the bag has been at Loewe for many years and has been transformed and modernised over time.

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The Loewe Flamenco clutch is available at Loewe and selected stores boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Spanish fashion house meets Japanese artist Tomoko Kawao

Tomoko Kawao is a modern pioneer in the art of calligraphy, known for original works such as the Hitomoji series where she incorporates herself into the bold lettering. To mark Japan’s Kakizome tradition of writing new year’s resolutions in calligraphy, Tomoko has applied her iconic brushwork to the Loewe Anagram.

The final piece, which extends to over five meters, features a simple idiom ‘Un-Gai-So-Ten’ (Cloud / Outside / Blue / Sky) meaning: “A day will come when we see a clear sky again”. The piece will be exhibited at the Matsuya Ginza New Year pop-up from 6 January.

自身が文字の一部となるHitomojiシリーズをはじめ、書の可能性を追求し続ける書家、川尾朋子。本映像では、新しい年の幕開けにロエベの象徴であるアナグラムを力強く筆で描きます。アナグラムとともに未来への希望を込めた「雲外蒼天」の4文字が描かれた5メートルにおよぶ作品は、1月6日(水)から開催される松屋銀座のポップアップイベントにて展示されます。

Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

LVMH Group Supports LGBTQ Rights With UN Standards of Conduct for Business Signing

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LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE also known as LVMH, is a French Multinational corporation and coglomerate specializing in luxury goods, headquartered headquartered in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. The company was formed in 1987 under the merger of iconic fashion house Louis Vuitton (founded in 1854) with Moët Hennessy, a company formed after the 1971 merger between the champagne producer Moët & Chandon and cognac producer Hennessy.

The Group controls around 60 subsidiaries that each manage a small number of prestigious brands, 75 in total (like Bvlgari, Céline, Chaumet, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Loewe, Moynat, Jean Patou, to name just a few). The group currently employs more than 83,000 people. Thirty percent of LVMH’s staff work in France. LVMH operates over 2,400 stores worldwide.

Today the LVMH Group’s U.S. Maisons are joining its European members with the signing of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business today. The move will guarantee the human rights of LGBTQ people in all its subsidiaries. Another step towards incluivity.

 All of our employees should be able to be themselves and be considered for their contribution, irrespective of other considerations such as their race, gender or sexual orientation.

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group executive vice president human resources and synergies

LVMH – which prefers the LGBTI acronym – has already put conducts into effects in companies such as Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Belvedere, Benefit, Fresh, Kendo and Starboard. Chantal Gaemperle, group executive vice president human resources and synergies for the group told WWD, “All of our employees should be able to be themselves and be considered for their contribution, irrespective of other considerations such as their race, gender or sexual orientation”.

By the end of 2019, the conglomerate will roll out its own initiative and worldwide training program discussing both unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. This move joins LVMH’s commitment to LGBTQ-community inclusion which has seen the company use the transgender model Krow Kian in Louis Vuitton womenswear shows and the transgender actor Indya Moore in the B-Blossom jewelry campaign.

The signing of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business will see the following actions be put into place:

Respect the human rights of LGBTQ workers, customers and community members.

Eliminate discrimination against LGBTQ employees.

Support LGBTQ staff at work.

Not discriminate against LGBTQ customers, suppliers and distributors while insisting business partners hold the same standard.

Stand up for human rights of LGBTQ people in the communities where they do business.

LVMH’s designers are already closely tied to the LGBTQ community, which often serves as a source of inspiration. Come into the beautiful world of LVMH.

 

 

 

 

Loewe Large Heel Pouch

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You’ve got to give Spanish fashion house Loewe major props for churning out brand new pouches that are equal parts cute and functional, in prices that don’t exactly break the bank. The Paula’s Drawstring Pouch is a clear example that’s priced at just €250 recently restocked online and in the boutiques, which a number of you managed to get.

20190521_161016.gifThe Large Heel Pouch (€350) is another hot favourite that was sold out the moment it arrived, and it’s frankly not that hard to see why. Rendered in full smooth calf leather, the pouch measures 12 cm across and 12.5 cm high, furnished with 3 card slots in the interior along with a patch pocket for coins, folded cash and even a set of house keys.

It’s essentially a mini wallet that comes attached with a long strap that you can wear around your neck, or have it slung across your body so it sits right under your chest like you would with a typical belt bag.

 
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It also helps that the pouch comes in easy-to-match colours like Black or Tan, and finished with the iconic embossed Loewe Anagram in front.

Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

 

 

 

 

Loewe Esencia pour Homme

 

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Loewe Esencia pour Homme was firstly introduced on the market in 1988, and after 30 years of a timeless perfume, it is now more luring, tempting and the same elegantly classic. This fall appears a new Eau de Parfum version described to be more intense, long-lasting, modern and mystical at the same time. Loewe Esencia pour Homme Eau de Parfum is all about an intense lavender infused note. It is a pleasant lavender aroma nicely mixed with woody notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and moss.

Loew-Essencia-Eau-De-Parfum-FlaconMade by craftsmen at the Quadpack Wood factory in Spain, the new, exclusive flacon is colored in black with a cap made of the ash sustainably-sourced wood and decorated with golden leaves.

Loewe Esencia pour Homme Eau de Parfum is a woody/spicy floral fragrance to nicely seduce men. It is available as 100ml.

Welcome into the world of Loewe.

 

 

 

 

Loewe’s Latest Bag Supports The Elephant Crisis Fund

 

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Fashion is increasingly aware of the need to support the world socially and environmentally. Recent years have seen fashion brands reconsidering their choice of materials (such as rescinding the use of fur or cashmere) or engaging in charity causes through their collections. However, it is not every day you get to see a fashion brand commit a hundred per cent of its sales to the cause, which is exactly what Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe’s latest collaboration with social media campaign Knot On My Planet is about.

In support of the Elephant Crisis Fund, Loewe has partnered with Knot On My Planet to launch a limited-edition run of its tan Elephant bags with beadwork by Samburu women from northern Kenya.

Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson’s interest in elephant conservation was piqued after seeing the work of KOMP, a campaign powered by fashion influencers including Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes to stop poaching, prevent trafficking and end the demand for ivory. Through KOMP, Jonathan Anderson learnt the negative impact the ivory crisis has on the ecosystems of Africa and Asia, and was introduced to the Samburu community.

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Originally an innovative collection made out of leather offcuts, the cult animal-shaped leather creation is now a signature of Loewe brand offerings. Taking the company’s empathy for animals to the next level, Loewe launched a new variation of the elephant shape bag (a crowd favourite among the other animal shapes in the series) into a limited edition collection to benefit The Elephant Crisis Fund in preventing elephant trafficking and poaching, and hopefully in turn, minimise the demand of ivory.

Loewe travelled to Kenya to work with the women from the Samburu workshop to better understand the unique beadwork they produce. The project was born 15 years ago during a drought that saw the men in the community forced to lead the cattle to new pastures to graze and leave the women to fend for themselves and their children. The craft has given the female elders a viable workflow to sustain their families, and the strength as a community towart traffickers harming their home.

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The Spanish luxury fashion house understood that money is always steered towards many outlets of our daily lives, but arguably less for philanthropic purposes (as compared to necessary spendings such as bills etc.) And hence, Loewe has helped navigate our style splurges towards a worthy charity.

The new elephant mini bag design is adorned with unique beadwork designs handmade by women artisans from the Samburu Workshop which is part of an initiative by Samburu trust, a Kenya-based organisation that has been working closely with Save the Elephants.

Owing to the nature of the beadwork, each colourful cascade of beads on the Loewe bags is unique. See a selection of exclusive imagery showing the origins of the embellishment from Ol Malo in the heart of Samburu, below, and shop the bags at Loewe.com.

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All proceeds from the sale of this limited edition series will go to go to The Elephant Crisis Fund, where the most effective projects in elephant conservation will be funded and executed.

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The Elephant Crisis Fund is a joint initiative between Save The Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and aided by KOMP. In support of the fund’s 100 percent donation model, each pound from the £1,100 bags will be deployed to conservation initiatives.

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The Loewe Elephant Bag collection is now available on the loewe.com

 

 

 

 

Aire Loewe Fantasia

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Spanisich luxury fashion house Loewe launches a new edition perfume for women Aire Fantasia and a new flanker to the original Aire launched in 1985. The new version is all about a fresh and sparkling fragrance for daily use. It is a nice burst of citrusy aromas sealed in one flanker with a pleasant refreshing smell.

Aire Loewe Fantasia is the most sparkling interpretation within the Aire Loewe family.

Loewe Aire Fantasia is a fragrance full of joy, pure aroma, very easy and very summery. I consider this fragrance to be a great choice for the hot sunny day at the beach, very light, not overpowering, yet fresh and beautiful.

Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Grapefruit
Heart notes: Basil, Pink pepper
Base notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Oakmoss

For summer, many people usually choose such refreshing perfumes with easy, calm, and feminine aromas. Aire Loewe Fantasia opens with a fresh/citrus aroma made of mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, and orange along with floral notes of neroli, lily of the valley, jasmine, magnolia, nicely balanced with bitter/sweet almond note. Its musk and sandalwood base brings warmth to the fragrance along with the green vetiver touch that gives character and body to this Eau de Toilette.

aire-loewe-fantasia-flaconA younger bottle inviting to touch it, somptuous curve lines and the typical game of transparencies of Aire Loewe. Its cap, as if it was suspended in the air, maintains the lightness of Aire Loewe.

Aire Loewe Fantasia is available as 75 and 125ml Eau de Toilette.