Loewe (pronounced loh-wev-eh) is a Spanish luxury brand founded in 1846 by a group of leather craftsmen in Madrid, making it one of the oldest houses in the world at nearly 175 years old. Despite its long history, though, it’s never been one to hog the spotlight. When LVMH bought the brand in 1996, it was one of the smallest in a portfolio that also included companies like Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. But in 2014, when the young Irish designer Jonathan Anderson joined as creative director, Loewe was given another jolt of life.
It was a great match. Anderson has a love of handicraft and was devoted to preserving the brand’s history. He wasn’t interested in making shiny “It” bags; rather, he maintained a Spanish sense of ease and naturalness. That, to him, was luxury. The “Flamenco” clutch, above, embodies that casualness with rich, soft, earth-toned leather, plus an added dose of Spanish flair in the form of dancing tassels. Anderson may be attuned to the finer things, but he also likes to have some fun.
Loewe Flamenco Clutch, $2,700, loewe.com, or Loewe Greene St., Loewe at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, Loewe Miami, and Loewe Wynn.