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ABOUT LOEWE

Loewe is one of the oldest luxury brands in the world — the Spanish fashion house was founded in 1846 in Madrid. Loewe brand goes back to when they specialized in leather purses and handbags for the Spanish royalty. Since 1996, Loewe has been under the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.

The Spanish clothing brand underwent a radical transformation under the forward-thinking British designer Jonathan Anderson who joined in 2013 with a new vision for Loewe. Fast forward to the present, the label is often seen on the backs of rap royalty and other A-listers, including A$AP RockyLewis HamiltonKylie Jenner, and Zendaya.

WHAT IS LOEWE KNOWN FOR?

Loewe is known for its luxury fashion items; the iconic Amazona and Puzzle bags and Loewe perfume. However, the brand also offers a variety of ready-to-wear clothes and leather goods, home, and lifestyle products, including accessories, wallets, and keyrings. Loewe is stocked in stores worldwide, including Madrid, Tokyo, Milan, Hong Kong, Miami, and a Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.

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HOW TO PRONOUNCE LOEWE?

The correct Loewe pronunciation is Lo-EE-veh. Even though Loewe is a Spanish brand established in Madrid, the founder Enrique Loewe Roessberg is originally from Germany, which is why the “w” is pronounced as a “v.”

WHEN WAS LOEWE FOUNDED?

Loewe brand was founded in 1846 in Madrid, Spain.

WHERE IS LOEWE BASED?

Loewe is based in Madrid, Spain.

WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF LOEWE?

Enrique Loewe Roessberg

WHERE IS LOEWE FROM?

Loewe was founded in Madrid, Spain.

IS LOEWE A LUXURY BRAND?

Loewe is considered a high-end luxury brand and, in fact, is one of the oldest luxury brands in the world. Known for luxury handbags Loewe Amazona and the iconic Loewe Puzzle bag, prices start at a hefty $1200 and go up to $3000 on the brand’s official website. The high-end brand uses only high-quality materials and craftsmanship, with a long-standing history of supplying the Royal House of Spain.

IS LOEWE CHEAPER IN SPAIN?

As Loewe is a Spanish brand, and goods in the country of origin are often more affordable due to lower overall costs, it tends to be cheaper in Spain. For example, Loewe Solo perfume retails at $106 on Loewe’s US website, whereas in Spain, you could buy the same Loewe perfume for €80, which equals around $78.

If you’re wondering if Loewe bags are cheaper in Spain — Loewe Puzzle Hobo bags sell at approximately €1,850 in Spain vs. $2,350 in the US, which equals roughly €2,400 as of 2022. So, if you’re planning a trip to Spain or have a friend visiting soon, I recommend buying it locally.

IS LOEWE A GOOD BRAND?

Yes, Loewe is a high-quality luxury brand using only the best materials. Moreover, all Loewe bags are hand-stitched, and the whole process of sewing its bags by hand takes up to nine hours to complete — the products also come with the appropriate price tag.

Celebrity adopters A$AP Rocky and Pusha T helped propel the label into its current position of cool, featuring A$AP Rocky in the label’s Spring/Summer campaign 2019.

IS A LOEWE PUZZLE BAG A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Considering the craftsmanship, the use of high-quality materials and all bags are locally handmade in Spain. Moreover, since Loewe bags sell at around $1500 – $3000 on resale platforms such as Vestiairecollective, Loewe bags can make a good investment.

WHERE TO BUY LOEWE?

You can buy Loewe directly at the Highsobiety shop.

WHAT IS THE AESTHETIC STYLE OF LOEWE?

Loewe’s minimalist aesthetic and artisanal craftsmanship have made it one of the most sought-after luxury fashion brands in the world. From its iconic Amazona bag to its avant-garde puzzle bag, Loewe’s designs are characterized by a unique blend of understated elegance and innovative design. Whether you’re looking for a classic leather handbag or a statement-making accessory, Loewe has something to offer for every fashion-conscious shopper.

1846

The Loewe brand was established in 1846 in Madrid, Spain, initially as a leather goods workshop.

1876

Thirty years later, German leather craftsman Enrique Loewe Roessberg joined forces with the workshop, and the brand named Loewe was born.

1965

Branching out from designer leather goods – Loewe launched its first ready-to-wear fashion collection in 1965.

1970 - 1980

In 1970, Loewe introduced its most iconic handbags, including the Loewe Flamenco bag. Then, in 1975, the most iconic arm candy, the Loewe Amazona bag, was released.

The brand also expanded into Loewe perfumes range and fashion and appointed Giorgio Armani as one of the designers.

The Loewe anagram logo was created by Spanish painter Vicente Vela.

1983

Loewe opened its first US store in New York in 1983; however, it closed in 1993.

1996 - 1998

Loewe was acquired by the LVMH group in 1996.

Narciso Rodriguez became the new creative director of Loewe in 1997.

Loewe presented its first collection in Paris at LVMH HQ in 1998.

2000 - 2007

José Enrique Oña Selfa took over as the new creative director of Loewe from 2000 – 2007.

2008

In 2008, the label appointed British designer Stuart Vevers (having worked at Calvin KleinGivenchy, and Louis Vuitton alongside Marc Jacobs), and with him, the label entered the wider fashion consciousness as a force to be reckoned with.

2010

Under Stuart Vevers, Loewe scaled back on fashion with more focus on handbags and gifting, bringing back the iconic Loewe Flamenco bag from the archives.

2011

The Loewe brand launched its first standalone London store in Mayfair.

2013

Jonathan Anderson, known for his conceptual unisex collections and his London-based label J.W. Anderson – joined in 2013 and took a year to reimagine the brand’s aesthetic. The label has seen many changes over the years, but none compare to Anderson’s reinvention. The goal was to figure out how to turn this rather conservative beacon into a modern, cultural brand – tapping into the millennial zeitgeist – while still paying homage to its heritage.

2014

In 2014 Anderson debuted his first’ Loewe men’s collection to widespread acclaim. Loewe’s new identity included a fresh logo design, teaming up with legendary photographer Steven Meisel for an iconic ad campaign, and a new social media strategy.

2015

The recognizable Loewe Puzzle bag was launched in 2015. This newer design has played an enormous part in Loewe’s success, becoming an instant “It” bag worn by the likes of Beyoncé and model Elsa Hosk.

2016

For Loewe Spring/Summer 2016, Anderson threw us a curveball, tapping into pop-culture references with manga-print suits and Disney princesses.

The same year, Loewe opened its first flagship store in Madrid, Spain, Casa Loewe Madrid.

2017

In 2017 Anderson unveiled what would be the first in a line of several collaborations with the enigmatic ’70s boutique Paula’s Ibiza – revisiting his childhood years spent on the White Isle.

2019

He would return with the Disney theme in Spring/Summer 2019 with his Dumbo capsule collection to coincide with Tim Burton’s live-action version of the classic movie.

A$AP Rocky was cast for the Loewe Spring/Summer 2019 campaign.

The same year the new Casa Loewe concept store opened its doors in London’s New Bond Street, curated by Anderson, fusing art and interior design.

2020

Another example of cross-genre collaboration is Loewe Spring/Summer 2020 collection, featuring the Emmy Award-winning actress Jodie Comer from the hit TV series Killing Eve.

In 2020, Loewe X Studio Ghibli collaborated on a drop dedicated to the beloved 1988 animation, My Neighbor Totoro.

2021

Loewe’s signature bag, Loewe Amazona, makes a comeback in the brand’s one of most iconic bags, Fall/Winter 2021.

2022

Loewe teamed up once again with Studio Ghibli Inc on a LOEWE X Spirited Away capsule inspired by the animation, Spirited Away, which later sold for thousands at the resale market.

Anderson blows things out of proportion for Loewe’s Fall/Winter 2022 with a collection of playfully warped shirts and jeans.

Loewe partners with Swiss footwear brand On — Loewe X On sneakers and technical running gear — a drop of six pieces in total, including On Cloudrock hiking boots and On Cloudventure running shoes.

After his own JW Anderson’s SS 2023, Loewe’s creative director Anderson revealed his vision for Loewe SS23 during Paris Fashion Week, featuring grass-covered coats.

Loewe’s SS23 drop was inspired by IRL Minecraft and metaverse fashion, featuring items such as Loewe pixel hoodie and other pixelated 3-D clothing.

Once again, teaming up with On later in the year, the brands released a Loewe X On Cloudventure trail runner in a cheery yellow, black, and white colorway.

2023

For FW23, LOEWE Goes Pants-Free

Loewe invented a minecraft-inspired hoodie. Not sure how to describe it further.

Loewe becomes fashion hottest brand!

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