Loewe’s Woven bag – a basket bag crafted out of interwoven leather strips – was one of the earliest cult accessories creative director Jonathan Anderson introduced, way back for his Spring/Summer 2015 debut collection with the Spanish house.
The Woven is now being upgraded in the best possible sense through Loewe’s new upcycling program titled Surplus Project, which repurposes leftover leather materials to create something new.
For now, the Surplus Project is mainly applied to the Woven bag (as well as an accompanying bag charm in the shape of a crab), using two types of leather commonly used in Loewe designs: a smooth, classic calfskin, as well as a finely textured, soft-grained calfskin.
The process sees the surplus leather cut into strips, which are subsequently braided together in a lattice formation to form the Woven bag.
The Surplus Project can be thought of as an extension of other existing initiatives by Loewe that focus on building a more environmentally responsible modus operandi that includes the outdoorsy Eye/Loewe/Nature range that places a heavy emphasis on upcycled designs.
Here’s to hoping that we’ll see the Surplus Project’s holistic approach applied to more areas of production within Loewe.
Peruse the Surplus Project below.