Spanish luxury brand Loewe has unveiled its very first store to specialise in repairing and maintaining Loewe leather items, making its debut in Osaka, Japan.
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Located in Hankyu Umeda department store, the new ‘Loewe ReCraft’ store has opened with a full-time leather artisan who will be on hand to mend and fix Loewe’s small leather goods, including restitching, puller replacements and edge painting, as well as regular leather goods, for eyelet and rivet replacement, in addition to handle replacements.
The store will also offer woven leather baskets created from re-purposing high-quality surplus materials from previous collections.
As a limited offer at Loewe ReCraft, signature basket bags will be reintroduced with leather patches and straps crafted from surplus leather materials. The store will also feature a space where Loewe items can be personalised with monogramming, straps, charms or studs.
Osaka, Japan is proving to be an experimental market for the LVMH-owned brand. In October last year, Loewe opened a debut perfume pop-up in the city, before opening mono-brand Loewe Perfumes shop in Nanjing, China, which opened in January.
The luxury goods market in Japan is projected to grow by 4.94 percent between 2023 and 2028, resulting in a market volume of USD 38.81bn in 2028.