Luar Presents a Festive Reinterpretation of Its Signature Ana Bag For Zacapa Rum

Designer Raul Lopez pays homage to the influential women in his life with the seven-piece kit.

Dominican-American designer Raul Lopez made a name for himself as the co-founder of Hood By Air with Shayne Oliver in 2005. The brand’s unisex pieces and inclusive priorities cemented Lopez and Oliver’s positions as pioneers in the fashion industry before Lopez left in 2017 to create his own label Luar (Raul backwards). The brand was off to a rocky start when the pandemic hit, but has seen a spike in recent years, closing out NYFW and becoming a celebrity red carpet and street style favourite with the likes of Dua Lipa and Beyonce sporting his famed ‘Ana bag’ on multiple occasions. As Lopez’s star continues to rise and Luar with it, we recently saw Lil Nas X wearing a custom Luar look at the 2024 Met Gala, and today the brand announces a new collaboration with Guatemala’s premium rum brand Zacapa. 

The collaboration debuts a new iteration of Luar’s signature Ana bag as a travelling cocktail kit featuring a custom shaker, cocktail spoon, linen cocktail napkins, leather and Petate woven coasters and bespoke glassware. Lopez credits the women in his life as inspiration for the collaboration, namely his mother and grandmother who carried the Canasto bag through his childhood, and simultaneously honouring Lorena Vásquez, Zacapa’s Master Blender of over 39 years and one of the few female leaders in a traditionally male-dominated liquor industry. Zacapa adorns every bottle and bag with its signature Petate, each handcrafted by skilled Mayan female artisans in Guatemala as the rum brand continues to prioritise historic craftsmanship and artisan weaving. 

“I’m beyond excited to introduce this incredible collection, a true game-changer for those moments we gather to celebrate in style,” shares Raul Lopez. “Collaborating with Zacapa has been an enriching experience, a celebration of our shared Latino heritage and a tribute to the roots that ground us. The craftsmanship of the incredible women of the Petate weaving communities fills me with immense respect. It’s an honour to weave their craft into my designs. Knowing that Zacapa supports over 700 female artisans in this tradition makes me incredibly proud to highlight their beautiful work in our collaboration.”

This collaboration centres on the Zacapa XO, a blended rum which has been finely aged for up to 25 years in specially crafted barrels, before finishing in French oak casks. 

“Zacapa is thrilled to join forces with Raul Lopez of Luar, celebrating a partnership that beautifully bridges the worlds of luxury spirits and fashion”, says Sam Salameh, Vice President of Zacapa at Diageo North America. “This collaboration is more than just a limited edition collection; it’s a vibrant celebration of heritage innovation and a shared vision that captivates and inspires.”

This collaboration is the culmination of a growing relationship between Raul Lopez and Zacapa who honoured the designer at the Latin American Fashion Summit last year. 

“Every time I hold a bottle of Zacapa, I’m filled with pride, inspired by the extraordinary skill and spirit of the Petate weavers whose artistry stands as the icon of our brand, uniting us in our Guatemalan roots,” says Lorena Vásquez, the Master Blender at Zacapa Rum. “For these remarkable women, the art of Petate weaving is a profound source of empowerment, allowing them to sustain and cultivate brighter futures for their families and community. In partnership, we blend their stories of tradition and mastery into every drop of Zacapa, making each sip a homage to the rich tapestry of our country’s culture.”

An extremely limited quantity of the Zacapa x Luar collaboration is available online exclusively through the luxury e-commerce retailer ReserveBar. Visit reservebar.com and zacaparum.com

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