Loewe’s much-lauded Puzzle bag, the one that’s a favorite of Julianne Moore, is an inspired design that’s about as original as bags come. The pieces are attached in such a way that creates a 3D effect, and the front panel (with the zipper pocket) is like a pyramid.
Not only does it look endlessly intriguing, this truly ingenious bag can be worn: 1) as a shoulder bag, 2) a crossbody, 3) a top handle (the strap detaches), 4) slung over sideways, so it sits vertically, like a north-south tote, and 5) possibly as a clutch. As for the last option, that’s what Loewe suggests, but the proportions are way too big for this to be realistic. Sure, you can carry it in that handheld runway fashion, purely for effect. It will last just long enough to snap that Instagram photo and move on.
Speaking of size, I can’t help but prefer the smaller version. A wide girth makes it look larger than it is, and the boxy shape isn’t flattering on everyone in the large size, especially for petite girls. Ultimately, though, the cool design and level of versatility are enough to compensate for any small infraction one might have with the bold width. This Puzzle solves itself! For me in this case, it’s go small or go home.