Admittedly, one is thrown off when first faced with the runway variation of the Loewe Flamenco, a curious looking S/S11 offering from Stuart Vevers. Looking more like a casual pouch than an actual handbag, the Flamenco comes with unusually long (and oversized) leather tassels, a shoulder sling and the most discreet of branding in the form of a small embossed logo at the bottom.
That said, however, I was having some issues with the one featured in the runway (and in the ad campaign). Maybe it was the huge panel of suede in the front, maybe it was the colour combination, but it just didn’t feel right.
And just when I was about to write it off, I chanced upon her all-napa cousin at Loewe Ngee Ann City. She was sitting on the shelf, beckoning me as I drew closer. Very soon my hands were all over her body, caressing her soft smooth skin and teasing her tassels. My hands soon moved inside her, her compartments, well spaced out, her lining, soft to the touch.
Until I spotted the SA frowning disapprovingly from the corner of my eye.
A reissue from the 80s, the Flamenco in black napa (SGD3090) exudes sensuality, her shapely body in soft napa a deadly combination. Wear it over the shoulder or across the body (just unhook her and readjust her strap) and you’re good to go.