The textured leather tote – Loewe
For Loewe’s Spring/Summer ’20 campaign, Photographer Steven Meisel created a series of photographs, titled ‘A Show of Hands’. One particularly captivating image is of a tattooed fist, clutching a clump of grassy earth, arm raised upwards to the sky. Is this a show of solidarity to current political protests? A fist-bump to climate activism? The images are up for interpretation, but for us, Loewe’s strength lies in its mastery of the technical, and this season’s accessories are a reminder of its artisanal heritage – and a refreshing riposte to fast-fashion retail models. Last summer, Loewe’s woven raffia basket bag was everywhere, and for summer 2020, another woven wonder has come to the fore: the textured leather tote. A brilliant weaving together of black leather straps, this iteration of the basket bag feels sturdy, secure, and brilliantly made – a case-in-point for the importance of technical skill that’ll ensure a lifetime of good use. A fist-bump back to you, Loewe.
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