Launching in time for the Winter holiday season, Loewe are paying tribute to the seminal style of renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh with a full accessories line as well as ready-to-wear for men and women.
A born and bred Glaswegian, Mackintosh was gifted from an early age, producing posters and other decorative objects before joining Honeyman and Keppie architecture firm in 1889. It was here that Mackintosh honed his style and technique, eventually becoming a partner at the firm while embarking on his first major project with The Lighthouse, the extraordinary red-brick tower which is now the home of Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. However, Mackintosh is most renowned as a pioneer of the Art Nouveau movement, which discarded traditional styles of heavy ornamentation and indulgent opulence in favour of refined practicality and a modesty that was inspired by an influx of Japanese art at the time.
His style better resembled a philosophy that pervaded across architecture and interior design to furniture and print techniques so, in keeping with the extent of his influence, Loewe’s collection honours the multiple facets of the Mackintosh universe. As well as his photograph lifted directly onto the collection, his famous botanical paintings are transposed onto outerwear and blankets, all of which will be available at Liberty. Highlights comes in the form of accessories; the Puzzle bag, inspired by the signature Mackintosh stained glass rose and the Hammock bag, informed by another of the artist’s flower motifs.
The Loewe Mackintosh collection will arrive in stores in November and December 2018.