Following his forward-looking reinterpretations of existing house styles, including new takes on the classic Amazona and Flamenco, Loewe presents the first new bag designed by Jonathan Anderson for the label. With its innovative cuboid shape and unique tactile qualities, the Puzzle is extraordinarily soft and completely collapsible. The new bag embodies novel ideas about form, construction and materiality, all while making a bold statement that is sure to make it Loewe’s latest icon.
Mirroring Loewe’s multi-faceted identity and the way various recombined elements make up the landscape of the brand today, the Puzzle appears to be composed of geometric fragments of leather that have been sliced and repositioned. Anderson explains the irregular, simultaneously minimal and complex design: “I set out to find a new way of building a bag, fundamentally questioning its structure. It was about deconstructing a conventional bag to create a flat object with a tridimensional function.”
To achieve the bag’s inimitable form, softness and foldability, every cut, seam and pleat has to be executed with extreme precision. Each Puzzle is the result of an advanced construction process that tests the unparallelled skills. These skills were honed over many years of experience producing leather goods at the highest level of Loewe’s most senior master artisans. The artisans spend countless hours cutting and assembling the over forty pieces of leather that make up the bag.
Made by hand, the new bag’s cuts determine how it folds, while strategic exterior seams dictate its modern shape. Softness creates structure, highlighting the natural qualities of leather. No concessions were made in terms of functionality, either, as is evident in the Puzzle’s adjustable strap, distinctive hardware and interior pocket. As intelligent as it is desirable, the Puzzle exemplifies how, at Loewe, expert craftsmanship and innovative design come together, guided by original form, extreme tactility and maximum utility. Available in two sizes and a range of colors, leathers and skins including Oro suede, coral calf and chocolate croc, Loewe’s latest bag is now available in stores around the world.