loewe launch accessories collaboration with john allen
The Spanish luxury house has teamed up with the British textile designer for a special summer collection.
At an intimate dinner in London last night, Loewe unveiled its collaborative collection with 80-year-old British textile designer John Allen. Jonathan Anderson has already worked with the designer on pastoral knitwear prints for his eponymous line, and has now brought his skills to the Spanish luxury house.
Allen trained as a dentist before retraining in artistic textiles and then leading the Royal College of Art's knitwear department until his retirement. Anderson said, "John's use of color and the purity of his work translates perfectly to Loewe, which stands for the very best in craft today." Together they've created wallets, espadrilles and a clutch in a vibrant palette, but it's the big beach towels that will be most highly coveted. Perfect for spreading over Cornish sands.
As part of the launch, Loewe are releasing 1,200 limited edition books that were made under the creative direction of M/M (Paris), with photography by Jamie Hawkesworth and styling by Benjamin Bruno. The book also features a conversation with Allen in his South Woodford home. In it, he reveals his favorite painter is Paul Nash ("he felt about British landscapes as I do, he loved them in an almost unreasonable way"), believes that we all innately respond to certain colors and tells us that work is an obligation ("I believe you are given a talent, but it's your duty to use it to the best of your abilities, till you reach your very best.")