The Coolest Pieces From That Fantastical Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collaboration
If there is anyone that can go head to head with the romantic-slash-fantastical mind of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, it would be Loewe. Helmed by creative director Jonathan Anderson, the Spanish luxury fashion house has a forward-thinking point of view, resulting in stylishly kooky pieces such as the Puzzle bag (looks like a puzzle—iconic), the Elephant bag (shaped like an elephant, floppy ears and fat trunk included), or a cashmere palm tree that transforms into a vest-like scarf.
Adding to its cache of curios, Loewe taps into the magic of Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro, which is among the animator's masterpieces. We’ll do our best to sum up the 1988 hand-drawn classic here:
Okay… to start, Totoro looks like a giant cuddly cat, which only sisters, Satsuki and Mei, can see. The young children and their father moved to an old house near a forest, where spirits like the Totoro and also soot sprites dwell. Naturally, hijinks ensue. There is a magical cat-shaped bus. There is midnight dancing around a giant tree. There is heart. As critic Roger Ebert expresses, “It is a little sad, a little scary, a little surprising and a little informative, just like life itself.”
For the set, Loewe retells the fantasy of Totoro in a range of clothing, leather bags, and accessories, but more than referencing its characters and imagery, the collaboration underlines both brands’ connection to nature—a harmony that Loewe says we need right now. You’ll recognize a host of Totoro references, but you’ll also feel serenity in the greenscapes and soft shapes here. (We'd like to peacefully live in the T-shirt-and-shorts set, please.)
The limited-edition collection will drop soon. In the meantime, check out the coolest creations from the capsule below.
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