Loro Piana’s ‘Bale Bag’ is inspired by the house’s rich cashmere heritage

Inspired by the shape and texture of the bales of cashmere that Loro Piana uses to create its collections, the leather handbag draws a line between the house’s past and present

Loro Piana Bale bag
Loro Piana’s ‘Bale Bag’ as featured in the July issue of Wallpaper*
(Image credit: Photography by Neil Godwin at Future Studios for Wallpaper*)

In the 1970s, the Loro Piana family – who began trading wool from Trivero, Italy at the start of the 19th century – travelled to the wild highland plains of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia in search of the world’s finest cashmere, the fibre with which the house has become synonymous. 

The new ‘Bale Bag’ from the house recalls these roots, its name a reference to the enormous bales of cashmere harvested by nomadic Mongolian shepherds and delivered to the company’s spinning mill in Roccapietra, Piedmont, where it is transformed into Loro Piana’s various fabrics – a process which continues today. 

Past and present: Loro Piana’s Bale bag 

Loro Piana Bale bag

‘Bale’ large calfskin bag in Whisper White, £3,070, by Loro Piana. Available from loropiana.com

(Image credit: Image credit: Photography by Neil Godwin at Future Studios for Wallpaper*)

The bag itself – a seamless style with a sinuous, gently rounded silhouette – is designed to recall the shape of these bales, while the supple texture of the calfskin leather is an echo of the softness of the vast cashmere piles. Each bag takes a full to construct by a Loro Piana artisan; ‘it is the ultimate perfection at every step,’ say the Italian house. 

Available in tumbled or fine-grain leather and an array of warm hues with tone-on-tone suede lining – navy, cerise, tan and marble grey among them – it epitomises the discreet elegance and ease of the house, a celebration of Loro Piana’s made-in-Italy savoir-faire, past and present.

A version of this story appears in the July 2023 issue of Wallpaper*, available now in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple News +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today

The ‘Bale Bag’ is available from loropiana.com and mytheresa.com

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.

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