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Loewe

This storied Spanish luxury leather goods house is now under the creative direction of young British designer J.W. Anderson.

Vital statistics

  • 1846 Established
  • Private Type
  • Number of employees
  • €200m (2011) Revenue
  • 150 Stores
  • Madrid, Spain HQ
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton Parent Group

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Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Loewe, S.A. is a Spanish luxury fashion house based in Madrid and is owned by the LVMH Group.

Loewe’s story goes back to 1846, when a group of Spanish craftsmen opened a leather goods workshop in the most commercial district (Lobo street) in Madrid. In 1872 Enrique Roessberg Loewe, a German craftsman specialized in leather working, arrived in Madrid and decided to join forces with the leather workshop owners and establish the brand. Twenty years later, in 1892, Loewe was present in the streets of Madrid and became known among the general public.

In 1905, Loewe became “Official Supplier to the Spanish Royal Crown,” and five years later in 1910, it gained a reputation as the most luxurious and renowned boutique in Madrid, and therefore began its expansion across the Spanish territory.

The 1960s marked the beginning of its international expansion; in 1963 Loewe opened a new boutique on New Bond Street in London.

Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotti were behind the first women’s Ready-To-Wear collections. In 1996 celebrating the brand’s 150th year anniversary, LVMH took over the ownership of the brand. In 1997, Narciso Rodriguez took over the women’s Ready-To-Wear collection, followed by Jose Enrique Oña Selfa (2002), Jose Luis Toribio (2003), and Stuart Vevers, who was the brand’s creative director until 2013.

Loewe’s current creative director is Irish-born fashion designer, J.W. Anderson.

Source: Wikipedia

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