Loewe has been inspired by a Scottish architect to create a seasonal collection that offers a unique take on interior design and everyday objects.
Looking to the works of renowned Glasgow-born architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1914), creative director Jonathan Anderson thought up a full accessories line as well as ready-to-wear for men and women, all exploring the varied artistic production, from architecture and interior design to print techniques.
After joining an architecture firm in 1889, Mackintosh developed a unique design idiom based on the forms and materials of traditional Scottish architecture. Known for the originality of his work and for undertaking all aspects of a commission —encompassing furniture and textiles— Mackintosh’s masterpieces include the Glasgow School of Art and the Blackie house, also in his hometown.
Standout items include a rose-covered Puzzle bag inspired by a stained-glass window and a version of Loewe’s Hammock bag informed by another of the artist’s famous flower motifs. The Gate, the latest addition to the labels family of iconic bags, comes in a new practical top-handle variation and in an unprecedented Grid version evoking the master’s signature lattice designs.
The Mackintosh-inspired ready-to-wear range for men and women consists of dresses and knitwear, as well as shirts, jackets and trousers that recreate the spirit of their source in rich cashmeres, silks and mohairs and earthy rust and sand tones. Most strikingly, for the capsule, Loewe transposed Mackintosh’s indelible botanical paintings onto luscious coats and blankets.
The Loewe x Mackintosh collection will arrive in stores in November and December.