A couple of weeks ago, we noticed that something interesting was going on over CR Fashion Book’s Tumblr-fueled website: the fashion mag had taken it upon itself to look behind the seams of luxury handbags, and its latest subject is the Loewe Amazona Bag. If you ever found yourself thinking that this classic piece’s simplicity might be deceptive, it turns out that you were right. Give yourself a pat on the back.
In the copy accompanying the undone bag’s photos, CR Fashion Book notes that 39 distinct pieces of leather go into forming this bag, and because it’s unlined, the leather must be perfect on both sides. All in all, it takes over six man hours of labor to assemble an Amazona, from cutting the pieces out of 11 yards of leather to adding the 21 elements of gold hardware at the end of the process. Bag prices can get ridiculous, but features like these remind us why sometimes its all worth it. Our favorite pics of the assembly process are below, but to see CR Fashion Book’s entire Loewe feature, head over to the mag’s website. On the other hand, if you’re feeling inspired to add one of these bags to your wardrobe, you can shop Loewe via Neiman Marcus.