LOEWE x MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO CAPSULE COLLECTION

LOEWE x MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO CAPSULE COLLECTION

A limited-edition capsule collection of bags, ready-to-wear and accessories celebrating Studio Ghibli’s 1988 masterpiece.

January 13, 2021

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Jonathan Anderson created a series of designer hoodies, whimsical bags, t-shirts, leather accessories, and other ready-to-wear apparel that pay homage to My Neighbor Totoro, a beloved classic among Hayao Miyazaki’s seminal films. The Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro capsule collection captures many of the 1988 film’s heartwarming characters, and brings some of their magic into our world.

Forest spirit animals are worked into accessories and iconic handbags such as the Puzzle and Hammock. The magical Camphor tree that Totoro is often found napping under is brought to life with tactile tapestry embroidery, in a textured jacquard sweater that mixed various yarns, or a vertical tote bag that features a hand-applied Totoro embroidered patch.

For LOEWE’s depiction of those playful dust bunnies, or Susuwatari, textured elements and mohair pom-poms alike enable them to pop off the leather pieces, contrasting against the smooth tan calfskin. Finally, the beautiful forest and tranquil hills of the animated film’s landscapes can be seen on a series of apparel that reference the bright, blue sky.

“There is a natural longing for heartwarming feelings right now. When I think of a movie that affords me that kind of solace, speaking just as directly to a child as it does to an adult, that movie is My Neighbor Totoro,” said Anderson.

That mutual admiration of craft also makes this surprising collaboration a not-so-surprising one, once we start to get into the details of the collection. The myriad of styles, especially on the leather goods, show off Loewe’s signature craft techniques such as leather marquetry and embroidery.

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