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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.


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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