BOWLED OVER: “It’s not always just about bags: There’s other ways to talk to customers,” designer Jonathan Anderson mused Tuesday night in Paris as he hosted a party at the Loewe boutique on Avenue Montaigne to show off a series of leather bowls.
The Spanish luxury firm’s creative director is an avid collector of mid-century ceramics, and tapped artisan José Luis Bazán to create clean, conical shapes using thick leather that is moistened and then molded using wooden frames.
“It’s important we keep doing things that show off the craft we have, and that craft can be modern,” he said, stroking the wood-grain patina achieved on a small, pinched vessel.
Jewelry designer Elie Top and fashion curator Pamela Golbin were among those who sipped mohitos and roamed the boutique, which Anderson described as a “work in progress.” The entrance gallery now features a giant photo of model Julia Nobis, who seemed to stare down at the crowd and a hulking table set with the bowls, many of which resembled vases for flowers — though they’re not really intended for that use.
“You can put water in them, but not for too long,” Anderson said with a chuckle.