Loewe Breath’s New Life Into A Classic Design With Their New Environmental Initiative
Loewe has created a new initiative, The Surplus Project, to re-use, re-think, and re-create something beautiful using surplus leather from previous collections, leather that is already of the highest quality and lowest ecological impact.
The two products first coming to life from this project are a woven basket bag and a crab charm both made out of two iconic Loewe leather styles–the smooth, classic calfskin and the finely textured calfskin.
The design process sees surplus leather cut into narrow strips of various hues; some of their colors are bold and vibrant, others are softer and more muted, and then braided together in a lattice formation to create a mosaic of color and texture.
The woven basket bag first appeared in Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe debut, the Spring Summer 2015 collection, and quickly became a design classic for the house. This new surplus leather edition is available in a smaller size. Inspired by the challenge of creating something beautiful whilst preserving precious resources, a two-tone charm in the shape of a crab with claws and pincers made from intricately folded surplus leather, complements the ‘Woven’ basket bag.
‘The surplus project’ follows the recent Eye/Loewe/Nature collection created using a variety of recycled, upcycled and organic textiles, and sees LOEWE take another step in its journey to becoming a more sustainable company. In practice this means constantly exploring how to combine knowledge of craft with new research and ideas to lessen impact on the planet.
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