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For all those attuned to the latest trends in handbags, JW Anderson, the man himself and the brand often becomes a point of reference. Be it rolling out the iconic Pierce, or reinvigorating the cult Spanish brand LOEWE and creating state-of-art bags like Puzzle, Anderson has seamlessly blended art with fashion.

Celebrated world over as one of the most prolific designers, JW Anderson took over LOEWE in 2013 and since then has treated leather as a canvas by giving the brand’s iconic Amazona, a contemporary spin and experimenting with textures and dimensions. That’s just one of his many design interventions at the house.

From being inspired by hammocks, baseball caps, and even elephants, his repository of ideas is brimming with inspiration. We list some of the most iconic JW Anderson bags that you should know about.

The Pierce

Image: Courtesy Getty
Image: Courtesy Getty

Since JW Anderson rolled out his Pierce bag in 2016, it has acquired a cult status. From fashion’s leading influencers to Hollywood’s fashion fixtures, it became an arm candy for everyone. Characterised by its gold barbell hardwire, it is a single compartment bag with a foldover flap and detachable shoulder straps. Besides the bag’s Gothic aesthetic inspired structure, its availability in a variety of hues such as reds, tan, dust, black, and tones of blue make it a hot favourite among street style fashion mavens. It is available in mini, medium, and large sizes.

Priced at: $1690 (Rs 1,27,000 approx) to $2130 (Rs 1,60,000 approx)

Available at: Farfetch and JW Anderson

JW Anderson anchor bag

Image: Courtesy Getty
Image: Courtesy Getty

Just in case you are on a lookout for a no-fuss silhouette, this your bag. Defined by the signature JW logo, what makes it one-of-kind is its availability in different forms. From cross-body, box pouch to the ones featuring scarves in place of slings, the variety won’t disappoint you.

Prices at: $572 (Rs 43,000) to $6706 (Rs 4,50,000 approx)

Available at: JW Anderson

The Cap bag 

Image: Courtesy JW Anderson Instagram
Image: Courtesy JW Anderson Instagram

Leave it to JW Anderson for taking inspiration from the most unlikely sources and turning them into accessories sitting at an intersection between art and fashion. The cap bag needs no introduction. Taking its shape from an actual baseball cap, the bag has become one of the most coveted pieces among fashion fixtures. It features zip-top access through the peak of the cap. It can be worn cross-body or on the shoulder and are available in tan, black and white.

Priced at: $555 (Rs 40,000 approx) to $661 (Rs 49,000 approx)

Available at: JW Anderson

The disc bag

Image: Courtesy Getty
Image: Courtesy Getty

Fashioned almost after the iconic Pierce, JW Anderson’s disc bag can be characterised by its silver barbell with an engraved JW Anderson logo that sits on the front with a magnetic snap closure. Unlike other cult JW Anderson bags, this one has a three-compartments design with a zipped section on the back. To add more character to the design, there is the adjustable leather strap with a cross metal detail. Once again, the disc bag is available in a wide spectrum of hues – black and white along with rust, bright blues, and yellows. Besides being available in calf leather, it is also available in suede.

Priced at: $720 (Rs 54,000 approx) to $1200 (Rs 90,000 approx)

Available at: JW Anderson, Farfetch

The Puzzle bag for LOEWE

Image: Courtesy LOEWE Instagram
Image: Courtesy LOEWE Instagram

Launched as a part of LOEWE’s SS’15, the bag gained instant popularity owing to its artistic design. While for many, the bag was all about its functionality due to its two pocket compartment, for others, Puzzle’s origami styled folding. Its neat leather cuts and a puzzle-like construction became a work of art. Thanks to the bag’s hand-painted edges, it became a hit among the street style fixtures.

Priced at: Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,50,000

Available at: LOEWE

The Hammock for LOEWE

Image: Courtesy LOEWE Instagram
Image: Courtesy LOEWE Instagram

For anyone intrigued by art and design, LOEWE’s Hammock, courtesy JW Anderson can be an investment-worthy piece. The bag is inspired by the silhouette of a hammock and encapsulates intricate design details. Made in grained leather, the bag comes with a removable, adjustable shoulder strap and two internal slip pockets, exterior zip pocket, and adjustable side panels with zips.

Prices at: Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,20,000

Available at: LOEWE

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.