Fashion appears to be at a turning point. Where ‘See it, buy it’ were the buzzwords for a season or two, the experiment appears to have largely fizzled out, with immediacy giving way to craft, a slower pace and time-honoured techniques.
At the forefront of this movement is designer Jonathan Anderson. At both his eponymous brand, and Loewe – the Spanish leather-maker that has been in his charge since 2013 – he plays with the boundaries of craft and design. The most striking example of this experimentation are the pieces he creates for Milan Design Week, where Loewe has exhibited since 2015. This year, for his fifth showing at the furniture fair, Anderson and his atelier have collaborated with a dozen or so artisanal weavers and basket-makers for a collection of bags and trinkets.
The first part of the installation, Inspiration, sees 11 internationally renowned weavers create one-off objet d'art using leather – showcasing their craft in a contemporary light.
Collection, the second part of the show, introduces bags, baskets and trinkets made by three Spanish artisans.
Both halves shine a light on the tradition and heritage of the craft, contextualising it with modern materials and offering up an alternative to mass-made commodity.
Pieces from the collection will go on sale in due course, in very limited numbers. Until then, we've rounded up three of the best craft-inspired accessories available today.
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