Purseonals: Loewe Puzzle Bag
Last October we partnered with Neiman Marcus for National Handbag Day and I got myself a Loewe Puzzle Bag. I had been obsessing over this bag for a while and was never sure if it was for me, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. The more I saw it on others, the more I decided I needed to have it for myself. There are so many color options, and I always liked the idea of the baby blue or soft pink hue, but wound up opting for classic black with added zipper details.
This bag is high fashion and I'm so glad I have it in my collection. After sharing a peek at my Loewe Puzzle bag in March, some of you asked for me to do a Purseonals with it. As I've been making it a priority to bring you Purseonals more often, here's a look at this bag and how it scores in our ratings.
Hands down the best part of this bag is how it looks. When it comes to handbags, it's harder and harder for brands to create a bag that is not like every other bag you see and that finds a way to be not overly garish and try-hard while also not being so simple its boring. This bag is the perfect middle ground of the two; it's fashionable and modern, but the look is well-edited. The lines are what make this bag so fun, with the Puzzle pieced together in a way that adds dimensionality.
I found that the more I saw this bag on editors and fashion people, the more I realized what a standout design it was. Sure, I don't look like or dress like most fashion editors, but I loved the way they made this bag come to life, and I wanted to add a classic black bag to my collection that wasn't boring—one that was just the opposite.
The shape of the bag is a bit different too, with a longer East West design that is more compact. I don't have another bag like this in my collection, and that makes it something special.
Usability + Functionality
Here's where this bag loses major points. I've read others accounts of the design making it very difficult to access the interior, and those complaints are so right. By the time you open the bag and get your hand inside, it's like reaching into a magician's hat to see what's inside. You don't know what's what or where anything is, and the opening area is not only small, but also hidden under a top flap. You can see from the photos how this bag naturally sits and how small the top opening is.
I don't know if the designers decided that the bag looks so good that they didn't care about the functionality, but that is a major downside. All but one of the zippers on the exterior of my bag are just for fun, and though I keep trying to open each one to see if I find a special compartment, all that I find myself doing is getting one zipper open and having the hardest time closing it back up. The one functional zipper is on the back of the bag, but it doesn't fit my iPhone, so I don't really know what I'd put in there. If I add my keys, it would make such a random bulky pooch, and I don't want that. So there's nothing much to do with the exterior zipper. And even worse is this zipper on the back of the bag got caught and snagged my sweater non-stop when we were taking pictures. We rarely have sweater weather in Florida, but a couple days ago we did and while this will be something I keep in mind going forward, I wouldn't want it to happen to one of your favorite sweaters!
This is probably the most negative I have been in any one category on a specific review, but I hate to harp on it because I do love the bag. I haven't seen many of these other bags in person and opened them up, so I can't compare interior colors, but the black interior lining makes this bag that much harder to find any one item inside. There is an open pocket, but it's awkward to get to.
I haven't used this bag so many times that you can consider the leather fully broken in, so there's a chance that with additional wear, it may open up a bit more. I see plenty of people carry the bag by the top handle, but there is an optional shoulder strap that is adjustable but not long enough for crossbody wear.
What this bag scores on style, it lacks in usability and functionality.
Quality + Construction
Though this bag is lacking in some ways, quality and construction is not one of them. My only complaint is that the zipper pulls on this bag are hard to open and shut—however, keep in mind these zippers serve no function. I suppose I am just easily amused by zippers and want to open and close them when I'm bored, but it's important to note that the additional zippers on the exterior are only available on this specific version of the bag I picked, not the usual version.
Aside from that, the quality is superb. The leather is thick and still smells amazing, almost like new car smell, and is both pretty to look at and touch. I love the grain on this bag, and I've found myself studying it up close more than once. Not one stitch is out of place after eight months of use, and overall, the bag feels supremely luxurious.
Guys, is it just me or are handbag prices seeming pretty insane? It's hard to get away with a designer bag under $2,000 anymore, and this bag is on the pricier side. My version has a $500 markup from the simple leather version. Base price of this size Loewe Puzzle bag is $2,350, while my exact version is $2,850.
I do think the bag costs a bit more than I'd like it to for what you get. I love the style of the bag and think it's very imaginative and different from what else is out there. I think because it's harder to use, it becomes less of an everyday bag and should cost a bit less for that, but we all know that's not how handbag pricing works. The quality is great and that works for the price. Overall, I give the value a middle 2.5 stars, probably 3 stars if you got the regular leather version.
Though this bag falls into the trendier category, I find it to be one of those bags that I am so happy to have in my collection. It's fashionable enough that some people know about it, but it's not one of those bags that's reached peaked saturation to the point of being over-exposed, and I don't see that happening. As it is, this bag is a great option if you want something different from anything else in your collection, and there are so many glorious colors to choose from.
This bag ranks lower than many others I've reviewed thus far, as the usability really put a dent in the overall score. Though the number may not reflect it, I am really happy I have this bag. If I didn't own as many bags as I do, I probably wouldn't love this bag as much, but it serves a purpose in my bag collection: it's a classic black bag with an edgy twist. If you love the Loewe Puzzle Bag as much as I do, there is a size and color for you. Prices range from just under $2,000 and up.
My version of the Loewe Puzzle Zips bag was $2,850 via Neiman Marcus.
Since my version is sold out, some of my other favorite options are Mini black, electric blue, dreamy light blue, funky polka dot, light sand, and black leather lacing.
Loewe is a Spanish luxury fashion brand that is well known in Europe.
It’s not as well known in North America. However that is changing with the popularity of some of its bags like the Loewe puzzle bag.
Loewe (pronounced “Lo-Way-Vay”) started in 1846 in Madrid by a group of Spanish leather craftsmen.
The actual Loewe brand originated in 1876 when Enrique Loewe Roessberg, a German craftsman, joined the group.
The fashion house is based in Madrid and now owned by the LVMH group – which probably means you’re going to see a lot more of it in years to come.
Perhaps their most popular handbag currently is the gorgeous Loewe puzzle bag.
This chic, sculpted messenger bag has a unique geometric look that immediately grabs your attention when you see it on the street. Since Loewe is known for their leather goods, the soft, supple calfskin leather on this bag is also a standout.
Is this bag right for you? Here’s a review of what you need to know:
Type of Bag: Messenger, Top Handle, Shoulder, Backpack and Crossbody
Measurements: Varies – 4 Sizes: Mini, Small, Medium and Large
Outside Material: Calfskin
Inside: Cotton Canvas with 2 Side pockets
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Loewe Puzzle Bag Review:
The Loewe puzzle bag is instantly recognizable with its 3-D leather panels in the front.
What most people don’t know is that this is the first completely new bag designed by current Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson. It became an instant hit when it came out a few years back and has grown in popularity both on the street and on social media.
There are currently 4 sizes – the mini, small, medium and large puzzle bags.
There’s one main top handle as well as an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap. The leather adjustable strap is also soft and pliable and extremely comfortable to wear.
The bag can be worn 5 different ways – shoulder bag, crossbody or messenger, clutch, as a top handle bag or in the crook or your arm.
There’s even a hook on the bottom of the bag. You can use this and attach one side of the shoulder strap to it and sling the bag around back to wear it as a backpack. So it’s extremely versatile.
Judging by which sizes are usually sold out on websites, I believe the medium size on this bag is the most popular, followed by the small sized Puzzle bags.
The lining is cotton-canvas with 2 interior pockets. Plus there’s also a small zip pocket on the outside at the back of the bag. It’s fairly small and doesn’t hold a lot – you could probably fit a couple of cards in there. But it’s still pretty handy.
There’s a flap that covers the front of the bag with a zipped closure underneath. This is great for security as there are 2 lines of defense – the flap and the zip.
One thing Loewe Puzzle bag reviewers like is how surprisingly roomy it is. Depending on the size of course, you could probably fit the essentials (small wallet, keys, phone, lipstick) in there – plus 2-4 more non-essentials (or even a bit more with the medium and large sized bags).
The Unique Look of the Bag:
This is not a stiff, structured bag. Rather it’s made to look casual but chic at the same time. If you look at pictures of this bag on various models you’ll see that there’s a definite “slouch” to the bag – which actually adds to the casual, stylish look.
It was designed to be this way. It catches your eye – but it’s not trying too hard.
Wearing this bag gives you the kind of look like “I just rolled out of bed and grabbed this fab bag on my way out because I’m effortlessly fashionable”.
It would be great for everyday use – but probably not the best for special occasions or formal events.
The price, starting new around $2000 USD for a small and ranging up to $2800 USD for a large-sized bag, might be a bit prohibitive for some.
Some people might be hesitant to spend that much on a brand that is not as well known (in North America) as other luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Prada etc
However with the LVMH company now behind them and with growing blogger and social media love, I think this is definitely a bag (and brand) to watch.
It’s especially fantastic for those who don’t like the mainstream popular bags – who want something different than the trendy mainstream “it” bags that everyone else is wearing. It’s also great if you like designer bags – but don’t appreciate the bags with logos plastered all over them.
The logo on this bag is subtle and understated. With this bag, you get the sense that it’s not really about the logo – it’s about the unique design, versatility and quality – which I love.
I also think the brand is here to stay and will only grow more popular with time. And since the Puzzle bag is Loewe’s most popular bag I think it’s just going to rise in price over time.
Final Word on the Loewe Puzzle Bag?
There’s no doubt that there’s something very special about the Loewe puzzle bag. It’s 3-D panelled look and slight top slouch gives it a unique style that you just don’t see with other bags today.
It’s also growing in popularity organically. Because of this, I don’t think it’s going to be a “trendy” bag of the moment – here today and gone next year. I think it will be around for a while.
Is it worth your money?
Well, if you’re looking for a casual, chic, stylish bag that fits a fair amount and is extremely versatile, it’s definitely worth considering. And, as stated above, if you want something extremely unique, that’s not as “mainstream” as other designer bags – it’s a fantastic choice.
Where to Buy and Save:
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What Do You Think?
Do you have a Loewe Puzzle Bag? What do you think of it?
Do you like this bag? Are you planning on getting this bag in the future?
Tell me what you think below!
– Kate XO
Iconic Loewe Hong Kong Bags that Will Never Go Out of Style
For a while now, we’ve witnessed Spanish heritage brand Loewe’s growing influence in the fashion world. Since Brit Jonathan Anderson’s appointment as creative director in 2013, the whole line has become more and more covetable—but especially the bags. He’s been credited for the revival of this luxury brand, which was originally founded in 1846 and has been favoured by the likes of Sophia Loren and Marlene Dietrich over the years. Iconic, right? But it’s Anderson’s modern twist on classics that everyone’s come to love. After all, his raffia logo totes are basically responsible for the basket bag phenomenon that has been all over Instagram the past few summers.
The understated elegance of Loewe’s buttery leather goods has proven a runway hit with the fashion crowd. These are grown-up bags—bags that say “I’m in the know.” They don’t shout like Gucci, and they aren’t as recognizable as Chloé but they will last forever. The only hard bit about the decision to invest in a Loewe bag is choosing one.
The Loewe Puzzle bag is quickly becoming the Loewe version of a Chanel 2.55—a timeless classic. It’s still a firm favourite for the street style set since its inception in 2015. The iconic shape is updated every season in new dreamy colour combinations, plus it’s probably the most perfect sized handbag to ever exist.
The Lazo is brand-new and the most understated of Loewe bags. No shouty logo and minimal design, it’s the quality of the super-soft leather that makes this style stand out. This is Loewe’s hero shape for autumn/winter, so get ahead of the curve and add this style to your wardrobe.
Loewe Cushion Tote
Perfectly sized to fit all your worldly belongings (ex: a laptop, makeup bag, reusable water bottle and snacks.) A lot of people has been using this as their carry-on, which makes sense. Invest in the canvas style! Or the autumn weather-appropriate leather designs.
This is Loewe’s latest bag shape, and influencers wasted no time snapping it up and posting it all over Instagram. It’s another understated style for those who have someone else around to carry all their stuff for them. According to the brand itself, this one’s “set to join the ranks as one of the house’s iconic bag designs.”
This is another instantly recognizable Loewe design. The endless amount of colours and size options available are incredible, you would want to keep adding new styles to your wish list with every release. The current favourite? The khaki green shade with the new top-handle shape.
The Loewe Hammock bag has proved ever popular due to the fact that you can wear it multiple ways—on the shoulder, handheld and crossbody. So that’s basically three bags in one. Its changing shape makes this really versatile, especially if you want to invest in one bag to rule them all.
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