In 1996, the world's leading international luxury goods group, LVMH, acquires Loewe, following an international distribution agreement first struck in 1985. This facilitates both global expansion and protects an exceptional company for the future. Leather bags leather and suede garments of a quality few can hope to match, desireable small leather goods, as well as silk scarves and ties continue to be the pillars of Loewe. In 1997, American, Narciso Rodríguez is hired to create Loewe's ready-to-wear. From 2003 to 2007, this is the role of the Belgian, José Enrique Oña Selfa.