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Idol, in­flu­ence, kin­dred spirit. Noelle Loh re­ports on the dreamy re­sults of what hap­pens when Jonathan An­der­son rein­ter­prets the works of a man who was just like him, but born 150 years ear­lier, for Loewe’s fes­tive cap­sule.

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Loewe’s fes­tive cap­sule looks to the world of hand­crafted fur­nish­ings for in­spi­ra­tion.

One of the key pieces in Loewe’s Christ­mas col­lec­tion launch­ing this month is an acid or­ange calf leather tote with the sil­hou­ette of a mod­est, coun­try-style chair silkscreen printed on it. To most, it’s likely to seem ran­dom (which adds to the charm), but to cre­ative di­rec­tor Jonathan An­der­son, this fur­ni­ture is his “love seat”, so to speak.

Ac­cord­ing to W mag­a­zine, it was one of the first things that he ac­quired for the Span­ish la­bel when he joined in 2013. Known as the Mor­ris Sus­sex chair, the 19th cen­tury de­sign – sim­ple beech­wood frame, wo­ven seat – is of­ten seen as a sym­bol of the Bri­tish Arts and Crafts move­ment, which saw tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship as the high­est form of art.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Wil­liam Mor­ris, the tex­tile de­signer/artist that the chair was named af­ter (he made and pop­u­larised it) is one of An­der­son’s heroes, go­ing by their sim­i­lar­i­ties. Both have a strong affin­ity for na­ture and beau­ti­ful fur­nish­ing. (Mor­ris’ post­hu­mous legacy was in home and wall­pa­per de­sign, and the me­dieval-in­spired, flo­ral pat­terns by his com­pany Mor­ris & Co. is still pro­duced for sale un­der li­cence.)

More sig­nif­i­cantly, both pos­sess a steely ded­i­ca­tion to cham­pi­oning the art of mak­ing ob­jects by hand in the face of rev­o­lu­tions: in­dus­trial for Mor­ris; dig­i­tal for An­der­son. Cue the Loewe Craft Prize, ini­ti­ated by the lat­ter, and now into its sec­ond year of hunt­ing down mod­ern-day Mor­rises.

It’s not like An­der­son – who, like his idol, is of­ten touted as a vi­sion­ary for his time – to be rev­er­en­tial though. The 76-piece line ($490-$6,190), which in­cludes tees, jeans, dresses and all the sig­na­ture bags, fea­tures four fab­ric de­signs from the Mor­ris & Co. ar­chives in­ter­preted through his mil­len­nial and ir­rev­er­ently artis­tic eye.

The Puz­zle bag, for ex­am­ple, comes in bleached in­digo denim – a brazenly ab­stract take on Mor­ris’ gutsy blooms. Biker jack­ets and over­sized cardi­gans are em­bla­zoned with an­i­mal mo­tifs ex­tracted from his wall cov­er­ings.

Like the Sus­sex chair, they’re func­tional yet ro­man­tic, ooz­ing char­ac­ter that will stand the test of time. Mor­ris would ap­prove.

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