Head-to-Head: Loewe Puzzle Bag VS Hermès Jypsiere 28
by Hallam Tweddell ; @hallamtweddell | August 11, 2017
Street Style normally showcases a statement heel, boho bomber or silhouette hugging denim piece. Just have a browse through your Instagram feed and you will surely find an abundance of inspiration plucked straight off of the streets of London. As readers tire of haute couture editorials on Kloss or Hadid we are seeing more Street Style crop up in the pages of our favourite fashion magazines.
It is this credibility of the movement that is seeing a change in what we define as Street Style fashion. You can trace Street Style in mainstream fashion back to Anna Wintour’s debut Vogue cover. Israeli model Michaela Bercu was famously featured on the cover dressed in a haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket and Stonewashed vintage Guess jeans. Writing on the magazine’s blog in 2012 Anna revealed, “it was so unlike the studied and elegant close-ups that were typical of Vogue’s covers back then.”
Anna explained that her decision to forfeit the matching skirt and opt for jeans, “broke all the rules. Michaela wasn’t looking at you, and worse, she had her eyes almost closed. Her hair was blowing across her face. It looked easy, casual, a moment that had been snapped on the street, which it had been, and which was the whole point.”
As the support and interest in Street Style grows we are seeing more haute couture and vintage pieces mixed on our social feeds and in the magazines. The one thing the team here at Xupes never fail to spot when scrolling through our social feeds… a designer handbag. Street Style has to incorporate practicality, fashion forward and individual style - all things you will be sure to achieve with the right handbag on your arm.
After calls for a more practical, casual and attainable Kelly, Hermès released the Jypsiere. First showcased in the Hermès Fall 2008 show the bag, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, was acclaimed for its androgynous style. Gaultier himself described the bag as “a functional, nonchalant bag slung across the shoulder, combined with the iconic details of the Hermès bags.”
Loewe’s Puzzle Bag was introduced by Northern Irish creative director Jonathan Anderson during his debut spring/summer ’15 ‘16 season show for the house. Loewe had not produced a new bag shape since the 1980s and the Puzzle Bag instantly became a must have amongst celebrities and fashion influencers.
Both bags are born from iconic fashion houses and as soon as they were revealed became must-have pieces. The Hermès Jypsiere is heralded as a more practical Kelly. You can instantly recognise the legendary Hermès design. The most notable detail on the bag is the iconic turn lock closure on the centre with straps. The closure is crafted in silver hardware, with the Hermès marking resting inside the bag itself.
The bag is fashioned after a hunting satchel and is created artfully from Taupe Clemence Leather and the colour reinforces the unisex appeal of this bag. The Jypsiere does away with handles in favour of the adjustable strap. The interior of the Jypsiere features a front zip pocket, large back-pocket with a gusset and a small pocket for a phone.
Although the Jypsiere is available in an array of colours, this version seems somewhat tame when compared to the Loewe Puzzle Bag, which boasts a pink exterior that would make you the envy of any true appreciator of Millennial pink. The Puzzle, simply put, is hand crafted from Calfskin Leather and every edge is hand-painted on the bag, which is reminiscent of a piece of skilled origami.
The Puzzle features both a handle and adjustable strap, the latter can be removed, ensuring maximum flexibility when wearing the bag; from shoulder to clutch in a few simple adjustments. There is a small zip pocket on the back exterior of the bag which blends seamlessly into the design. The beige textile interior is simple with two large front and back pockets with gussets.
The Puzzle and the Jypsiere are both similarly sized and are the perfect addition to any Street Style outfit. The Puzzle’s interior is simplistic, compared to the Jypsiere, it’s just one big compartment for throwing everything into when on-the-go. Given the smaller size of the bag you would be forgiven for thinking that it would lack volume. The origami design of the bag ensures maximum internal volume for usefulness, whilst not being too large and overwhelming.
The Jypsiere interior is also functional, but unlike The Puzzle feels slightly more restricted in terms of size. Once you have utilised the various pockets offered inside you are left with limited room within the main body of the bag. This isn’t necessarily a flaw, but if you are heading out into the city for the day it may limit what you can bring along.
There are multiple factors to consider when looking at the price of purchasing a Jypsiere. Hermès is a sought after brand, although the Jypsiere is more easily attainable than the likes of a Birkin or Kelly. Every Hermès bag is handcrafted and this also reflects in the price. At Xupes a pre-loved Jypsiere is priced at £4,499. Whilst this is an investment, you can expect the bag to maintain its value, with thanks to the anti-scratch Clemence Leather.
The Puzzle is, like the Jypsiere, created by a respected brand. Loewe handcraft each bag and it is this craftsmanship and unique eye for detail that mean the design is so popular. A Pre-loved Puzzle Bag is priced at £1,299 at Xupes.
These two bags are both great choices for anyone looking for a daily-wearing, Street Style ready, luxury handbag. Whilst the Jypsiere is priced significantly higher than The Puzzle, it is important to consider value for money and how the piece’s value holds up over the years.
It is Hermès’ commitment to simplicity and superior quality that make the Jypsiere a draw, but if you’re looking for a handbag to enjoy, not just to throw your stuff in until it’s time to sell it on for what you paid for it, The Puzzle is a worthy choice. The Jypsiere’s colour means it is a more versatile piece whereas The Puzzle’s stand-out colouring make it a more seasonal choice. Both bags are viable choices and would definitely bring haute couture to your Street Style game.