Century-old Spanish retailer of fine leather goods expands its 2018 collection to fight in the “coat wars”
Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe has always been known for its fine leather handbags – just as the official provider of leather to the Spanish crown should be. In the heart of Madrid, 24 men and women handcraft all of Loewe’s leather, using trade secrets passed down since the brand’s establishment more than 170 years ago. In the last five years, Loewe has taken it to the next level.
Jonathan Anderson (of the brand JW Anderson) took the helm in 2013 as creative director and expanded the product line to include lifestyle products, home goods and – most notably – ready-to-wear fashions. The designs focus on complexity and sophistication, blending contemporary styles and traditional fashions. Take inspiration from Loewe designs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, the new collection caters to a classier, more career-drawn woman. Hardcover classics – Madame Bovary, Heart of Darkness, Don Quixote or Dracula, depending on your luck – were left on each seat to encourage the pensiveness and intelligence of the woman Anderson envisions in his clothing.
This season has clearly been the season of fabulous outerwear. Loewe unveiled fifteen new coat designs, one for seemingly every occasion imaginable. With the market on trench coats exploding, it seems that Anderson has given Loewe the upper hand. While some critics may not be crazy about some designs’ complexity (We’ll leave the “bra outside the dress” look for the runways), the line offers some amazingly wearable and fashionable pieces.
Check out ELYSIAN’s six favorite coats from the show, as well as the three dresses we’re dying to try on:
Wool Duffle Coat
Gingham Car Coat
Leather Self Belt Coat
Cape Trench Coat
Houndstooth Car Coat
Lavaliere Tunic Blouse
Lace Camisole Dress