Jonathan Anderson is addicted to doing as much as possible.
The Northern Irish designer helms his own label J.W. Anderson, as well as heading luxury brand Loewe. He’s constantly busy with work, but luckily for Jonathan that’s the way he likes it.
“My soul-searching with fashion concerns the way clothing should also be a cultural influencer,” he told Britain’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “While I like speed, I also need to let things have time to breathe, and that’s why, as a creative director, I have to apply myself to as many things as possible. It’s kind of an addiction.”
One of Jonathan’s latest ventures is furniture, which he’s creating for Loewe. Leather is the main material used, with each item on offer taking six months to make. It was a matter of breaking boundaries for the fashion star, as he wanted to put his own twist on the fabric.
“I wanted to see how far leather could be pushed,” he explained. “It doesn’t automatically need to be made into a handbag. I wanted to reinvent the furniture by using leather for decoupage.”
There’s everything from drawers and lamps to wardrobes and tables on offer, as Jonathan enjoyed the challenge of doing something so different to his usual offerings.
“I’m having a very odd relationship with fashion right now,” he added. “It’s a kind of love-hate relationship. I like the speed of fashion, where you don’t have to over-calculate an idea, but I do feel like I have to digress into other projects.”
But Jonathan never takes his role in the industry for granted, as he previously admitted designers have it easier than artists because they are able to replicate ideas. He described the process of designing as “cheating” and “recycling”, noting that fashion “eats itself”.
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