LOEWE PRESENTS A COOL WEAVES COLLECTION LAUNCHED IN COLLABORATION WITH SOTHEBY’S
‘Craft is one of my main interests: one that I’ve made central to LOEWE’s identity. This year, to reinforce our commitment to craft, we are collaborating with Sotheby’s auction house on our LOEWE Weaves project: a collection of unique, artisan crafted objects including artist-embellished Galician chestnut roasters, woven leather bags, baskets and accessories.
LOEWE Weaves explores the act of weaving as both a decorative craft and a way to build structure. The main protagonist in the collection is the Chestnut roaster from Galicia: a handmade clay pot in which multiple holes are punched. The holes are functional, but the texture they create is an ideal playground for different weaving techniques.
As for the accessories, LOEWE Weaves extends the idea of weaving to nely crafted leather and raf a accessories rich in artisanal details: bags, bracelets, but also woven and knotted vases.
Sotheby’s are exhibiting a selection of seven artist-embellished chestnut roasters featuring experimental weaving techniques by artists Arko (Japan), Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain). The handmade pots, created by master potter Antonio Pereira and reinterpreted by these three artists, will be displayed alongside the exceptional pieces of Sotheby’s marquee May auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art in New York. The exhibition will open on May 1st with some of the most remarkable works of art from the 20th and 21st century that Sotheby’s will be auctioning on May 12th, when the exhibition will close.
The exhibited pieces will be sold at a xed price on Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace, starting on May 1st – which makes LOEWE the rst major luxury fashion house to exclusively consign with the platform. We will be fully involved in the process, with the roasters featured in the catalogue. It’s all very engaging, and another way to pay tribute to the superb craft of our unique pieces.
In addition to these pieces, we gave 84 chestnut roasters to artisans Idoia Cuesta and Belen Martinez from Spain and to artisans in LOEWE’s own ateliers for them to experiment with. Holes have been braided or passed through with strips of fabrics, ribbons, rope, leather strings, wool threads, feathers, straw. The roaster’s surface has been left untouched, glazed or painted. The functionality of these objects has been twisted and turned, becoming abstract as discarded materials have gained new life. The result is quite striking. Many of the materials embellishing the roasters are, in fact, surplus from past LOEWE collections. Authentic craft, for me, is sustainable. These roasters will be exhibited and available for sale in the LOEWE stores worldwide.