Last night, we had the privilege of playing host to not only one fashion powerhouse, but two: the century-and-a-half old luxury leathergoods brand Loewe along with its new creative director and current darling of the fashion world, Jonathan Anderson. In celebration of Anderson’s debut collection since taking the helm of the storied house, we had the pleasure of hosting a cocktail party at our Madison Avenue store followed by an intimate dinner at midtown’s Betony. We were joined by the likes of Vanessa and Victoria Traina, Lauren Remington Platt, Pierre Yves Roussel, Tory Burch, Charlotte Groeneveld, models Astrid Holler and Alexandra Agoston, Barneys’ own Mark Lee, Simon Doonan, and Tom Kalenderian, and more.

Check out the photos from the festivities, and also read on to see how a few of the guests responded when we asked them some questions that may have struck them as a bit out of the blue in our new feature, Off Topic. Spoiler alert: purses full of toilet paper and a wily gerbil ahead!

Pictured: Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director, Loewe

Loewe has been around for nearly 150 years. What do you think it takes for a brand to become a luxury heritage brand like they have?
Trust. Legacy. Craft.

One of the new icons from Loewe is the “Puzzle Bag,” which Vogue named as an it-bag of the year. If we were to look inside your bag, what’s the most puzzling thing we would find?
I have a lot of pouches. I love small leather pouches and keep all my things in them, so there’s pills in one, coins in another, miscellaneous things in another. I’m organized in that way, because I find a bag can become a dumping zone.

They say that the month of March comes in as a lion and goes out like a lamb. What did you come in as this evening and what will you be leaving as?
I came in sober and will probably not be leaving that way! Actually, I’ll probably be happier leaving more awake, since I’m going through the jetlag process right now. I was actually starting to crash before I got here but now I’m on the upswing!

 

Pictured: Jonathan Anderson and Lisa Perry

Lisa Perry, Designer

Loewe has been around for nearly 150 years. What do you think it takes for a brand to become a luxury heritage brand like they have?
I think it takes the element of classicism—it has to have some classic elements in order to stand the test of time. I think that for Loewe, it’s using these leathers and suedes and materials that people always love, plus classic shapes. It’s very luxurious and classic but with a little bit of a twist.

One of the new icons from Loewe is the “Puzzle Bag,” which Vogue named as an it-bag of the year. If we were to look inside your bag, what’s the most puzzling thing we would find?
(Pulling out a two-inch-long blue and red metal pill) I think it’s this. Some people don’t know what I keep in here–it looks like it’s for pills, but it’s actually candy.

They say that the month of March comes in as a lion and goes out like a lamb. What did you come in as this evening and what will you be leaving as?
I came in like a lamb and will be leaving like a lamb. I dropped my coat outside and am so thrilled that winter is over.

Pictured: Rickie De Sole Webster, Emma Elwick-Bates, and Jonathan Anderson

Rickie De Sole Webster, Fashion Market and Accessories Director, W Magazine

Loewe has been around for nearly 150 years. What do you think it takes for a brand to become a luxury heritage brand like they have?
DNA is so important to a brand–where they began. When I think of a brand, my mind goes first to the accessories, like a bag that has stood the test of time, and it’s been really fun to watch the evolution of that and to see Jonathan’s take on it. But it still goes back to the core values that the brand stands for: amazing leathergoods, European-made quality, and those elements that stand the test of time.

One of the new icons from Loewe is the “Puzzle Bag,” which Vogue named as an it-bag of the year. If we were to look inside your bag, what’s the most puzzling thing we would find?
The fact that I’m hiding a pair of flat shoes in here. I’m like Mary Poppins—I pack it all in. After a month of running around in heels for the shows, my feet need a little reprieve.

They say that the month of March comes in as a lion and goes out like a lamb. What did you come in as this evening and what will you be leaving as?
I came in excited to see my friends, who I actually just spent the whole month with at shows and got used to seeing every day, but we had the weekend apart and suddenly I missed them! And I’ll be leaving like a lamb to go have dinner with my husband.

Pictured: Mickey Boardman and Simon Doonan

Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director, Paper magazine

Loewe has been around for nearly 150 years. What do you think it takes for a brand to become a luxury heritage brand like they have?
They’ve been around almost as long as I have! I’ve lived in New York for almost 25 years, and I’ve found that, with anything, if you just stay around long enough and stick it out, you become legendary, or respected, or welcome. And also, quality lasts, so if something really is good, it lasts for a long time. So you’ve just got to be good and stick with it—I’m living proof!

One of the new icons from Loewe is the “Puzzle Bag,” which Vogue named as an it-bag of the year. If we were to look inside your bag, what’s the most puzzling thing we would find?
I’m glad I didn’t drop in a roll of toilet paper this evening, because I’m often stealing toilet paper from the office. The irony is that I sometimes have my most glamorous nights while I have a roll of toilet paper in my purse.

They say that the month of March comes in as a lion and goes out like a lamb. What did you come in as this evening and what will you be leaving as?
I came in like a housewife and I plan to go out like an Upper East Side glamourpuss!

 

Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador at Large, Barneys New York

Loewe has been around for nearly 150 years. What do you think it takes for a brand to become a luxury heritage brand like they have?
You need a talent and a tremendous amount of luck. Timing is very important. And then you need a healthy dose of fairy dust–it’s like, some people just have that je ne sais quoi, and Jonathan certainly has it.

One of the new icons from Loewe is the “Puzzle Bag,” which Vogue named as an it-bag of the year. If we were to look inside your bag, what’s the most puzzling thing we would find?
Probably my gargantuan Scorpio keychain, because I don’t really believe in astrology at all.

They say that the month of March comes in as a lion and goes out like a lamb. What did you come in as this evening and what will you be leaving as?
I came in like a gerbil and I’m going to leave like an aardvark.

Pictured: Lauren Remington Platt

Mark Lee offers a toast to Jonathan Anderson at the dinner

Models Alexandra Agoston and Astrid Holler, both wearing Loewe at the dinner

Jonathan Anderson chats with Tory Burch

Victoria Traina and Vanessa Traina Snow

Barneys’ own Jay Bell and Tom Kalenderian

Pictured: Camilla Nickerson and Matthew Schneier

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