Loewe, a Madrid-based brand founded in 1846, is considered the Hermès of Spain. Not too shabby! Spanish leathers are known to be some of the very best (Dior bags are constructed in Spain) and Loewe is no exception. We went crazy at their flagship Madrid boutique last year, picking up belts, bags and scarves. The quality is is exceptional and you don’t have to take a second mortgage on your home for indulgences.
The bags of Loewe’s Paris show, heavy on boxy little leather suits, prim coats, and fluffy furs, were as high-gloss as the leather jackets. Three main shapes emerged, all based on a hard, square shape and most with small hand-held straps: A doctor bag style, in luxe suedes; a structured shoulder bag; and a boxy mini-tote. The spiffy stiffness of these styles is the antithesis of the slouchy hobo – not a hint of hippie-chic here. And despite some bold colors, part of Lowe’s appeal is in the lack of showiness. No imposing logos, just good, old-fashioned, European luxury.