The concept of basket bags woven from natural materials is an age-old technique dating way back to ancient Egypt, but with wicker bags making a resurgence in recent years, it is truly a case of ‘what’s old is new again’. Leading the charge? Loewe’s Basket Bag took the fashion world by storm when it was released in 3 different sizes with prices starting from SGD590 for the smallest one. Considering that it was furnished with calfskin leather handles and a giant leather Loewe Anagram patch, you could say that it was almost a steal for a designer piece. It was a surefire hit, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, the Spanish brand has dedicated an entire new category on their online site to all things baskets, with brand new options added season after season. A relatively new piece would be this bag above which features an intricate weaving of multi-tone leather strips within the woven palm leaves. As Loewe prides itself in crafting its basket bags entirely by hand, you can only imagine the amount of work that goes into this particular piece, ensuring that the woven pattern stays in place (without any misalignment of the leather strips), which also explains its higher-than-average price point in Loewe’s current line-up. Measuring 40 cm across and 26.5 cm high, this Basket Bag (SGD3290) makes for a chic piece to carry to the beach, and even works as the perfect summer piece to take with you on your weekend adventures.
Another point worth mentioning is that Loewe has recently commissioned several Spanish artisans to create all-new silhouettes and pieces which you can take a look at over here, reaffirming its commitment to craftsmanship and conservation of the intricacies behind the weaving and basketry techniques. A truly admirable move for a luxury house, especially in this day and age, don’t you think?