>> You know me, I love a good "x" mash-up.  I think it's my years of reading Japanese and Hong Kong magazines where ever "x" collaboration, fusing fashion, streetwear, art and music gets a product-driven write-up, with about a bazillion still life shots alongside just to emphasise the fact that "You.Can.Buy.This.Now."  One of the most notable "x" to have come out of last season at the womenswear shows in Paris was the debut of Loewe's collaboration with Junya Watanabe at the "wiggy-grunge" Junya A/W 13-4 show.  At that bleary-eyed moment when my eyes still hadn't quite woken up yet, I did have a bit of a pleasantly-surprised "Huh?  How did that happen?" moment.  

As it turns out the coming together of a Spanish luxury leather goods house and one of the elite Comme des Garcons clan, was a result of marking the 400th annivesary of Spain and Japan's working cultural relationship.  Loewe's leather expertise mashes up with the Japanese denim know-how in a hash tag moment that shouldn't work but does as #LeatherMeetsDenim.  Watanabe's penchant for utilitarian plaid and polka dot fabrics in patchwork formation combine with the lushness of Loewe's premium leather skins in mash-up harmony.  Having been to Loewe's HQ and factory in Spain, I can attest that everyone is obsessed with the "touch" of everything so on pieces such as the half denim, half leather-back jeans, you can't help but want to glide your hands over your own tush, as wrong as that sounds.  The collection comprises of patchworked Amazona bags and jeans with simpler pure leather patchwork pieces such as a pencil skirt that has a an intriguing diagonal zipper at the waistband – a simple detail that ups the Watanabe factor.         

The collection has recently launched at Dover Street Market in London and in lieu of that, I couldn't help but have a go at joining up the dots and squares of this East meets West crafty collaboration with my own checks and dots.  













IMG_8500Loewe x Junya Watanabe "Amazona 24h" patchwork bag and patchwork jeans worn with 45rpm shirt, Uniqlo flannel shirts, Raf Simons x adidas trainers


IMG_8562Loewe x Junya Watanabe patchwork leather skirt worn with Sunspel t-shirt

Comments (20)

  1. SACRAMENTO says:

    Nobody mixes and layers like you, dear Susie.
    Inspiring every time.

  2. Jenna-Mae says:

    I feel like this collection was made specially for you! You look superb in it!

  3. kelly says:

    like the style, looks great!
    the leather skirt is amazing
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    greetings from Holland

  4. Wow, that bag is insanely good! Amazing collaboration.
    And the skirt so well done, love patchwork on leather

  5. I love your clothes! That patchwork bag is amazing!

  6. Matthew Pike says:

    Flipping heck Susie, those jeans are immense. I didn’t think they could get any better but now they’re gone and done leather on the back. I was thinking about doing a bit of DIY with the patchwork style a few weeks back actually. Maybe I should give it a bash.

  7. milex says:

    Love the red shirt <3 I wear it the same way in my next post.

  8. The Fashann Monster says:

    This bag is just so your style. Great look.
    The Fashann Monster

  9. Rachelle says:

    Suze, those look fresh and unique off from the selection at Fashion Week. But more than that, I love your description of the collaboration in terms of a cultural relationship of the fabrics through a history of the brands. Once again, let me say that I am a huge fan of how you are so different and content-focused compared to many other mega brands out there.
    A real fan,
    Lil’ Miss Prim but not Proper

  10. Jess says:

    Love the bag!

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  12. Yam Poppy says:

    The bag is perfect,its amazing and
    nice combination.
    I like that bag!!!!
    from japan
    Yam Poppy

  13. Ieva says:

    If I saw that bag and jeans in the shop, I’d probably say, eeeew……But you have combined the outfit so well, that I am starting to like it all. And your description is very nice as always! Well done!

  14. like the style, looks great!, for me denim is number one!

  15. sneaker lover! i know one when i see one! 😉

  16. Layla says:

    The handbag is adorable…quirky but cute! 🙂
    Layla xx

  17. Melissa says:

    Exactly what I was thinking! When it comes to layering–clothes, textures, colors…you are the best!
    XO Melissa

  18. Hecteron says:

    Finally Leather and Jeans have made a Good Combination like A Formal Pant with Casual Hoodie.

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