Barely a year after his appointment, Anderson added an important handbag to Loewe’s repertoire, which gave the skills of the brand’s craftsmen a particularly beautiful showcase. Enter the Puzzle bag, which was first seen at the Spring 2015 men’s show in Paris; at Anderson’s Loewe, handbags are for everyone. Like all Loewe bags, the Puzzle is handcrafted in Madrid, with around nine precisely patched pieces of leather. (The process takes around nine hours.) Available in calfskin, grained calfskin, and goatskin in regular, petite, mini, and nano sizes, the bag was quick to show up on all influencers and the most chic creators of culture; Head to a fashion show, gallery opening, or trendy cocktail party, and you’re sure to spot a piece of the puzzle.
On the models who paraded Loewe’s Spring 2018 runway, saddle-shaped handbags seemed to be heading straight for It-bag status. Dubbed the door because a metal hinge holds the leather latch in place, the bag is prized for its quiet shine. It’s not a bag that looks at me — and that’s exactly by design.