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This label and milestone in casual wear was set up by Italian designer Massimo Osti in 1982. When digging further into the history and the techniques of Stone Island, it becomes clear why this is our fastest growing label, some have called Stone Island the “Laboratory Company” of garments - which actually gives some insight.
No label has ever pushed new innovative research into fibers and textiles in the clothing industry like this one. The brand pushes the frontier of research further forward in each new collection.
This has resulted in products that are absolutely unique in terms of the materials used and procedures adopted.
STONE ISLAND SHADOW PROJECT
STONE ISLAND SHADOW PROJECT began as a discourse between Sportswear Company owner and creative director Carlo Rivetti and the design team of Michaela Sachenbacher and Errolson Hugh, also known as ACRONYM®. A platform for exploration, the Shadow project rapidly evolved into a system based program for a new generation of urban masculine apparel. With both Stone Island’s incredible historical archive, and its unparalleled forward development resources as a starting point ACRONYM® sought to conceive a project according to their strong technical and performance based roots. The result is a unique and unprecedented fusion.
A fresh and intelligent new light cast upon the timeless interplay of form and function. Calling the project SHADOW underlines the intimate relationship and interaction between this work and the full body of the STONE ISLAND collection.
The Barena “philosophy” derives from a genuine passion for the rediscovery of the Venetian tradition and is inspired by the spirit of research that pervades you when you visit the islands of the Venice lagoon interacting with such fascinating cultures and lifestyles. The Barena collection is in fact inspired by the peculiar dress code created and used by the people who lived in these areas.
Many of the garments in the collection are the reinterpretation of unique pieces found in the museums, antique markets or books that portray old images.
The Mackintosh is named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh, though a letter k is added by many writers. Although the Mackintosh style of coat has become generic, a genuine Mackintosh coat should be made from rubberized or rubber laminated material. Today Mackintosh is an established global brand respected by fashion houses around the world. They create the modern day” Mac” with traditional techniques and updated technology. Every coat maker has to undergo a three-year long apprenticeship to ensure that they can construct the outerwear to Mackintosh’s specifications.
There are not that many garments that owns the qualities of being traditional, functional, durable and just fantastically good looking at the same time. Today the Japanese owned Mackintosh has updated their collection with new designs and colours but the classics will always be the same.
Anderson's is by all means a true family business. In 1960 in Parma, Italy Carlo Valenti sought to learn everything there was to learn about the art of belt making. So after 6 years of training in the local well known leather factory he founded Anderson's together with his wife and colleagues in 1966. The original family still runs the business but today Valenti's daughter Elisabetta and son Riccardo are leading the company forward.
Mr Valenti being an anglophile, often wore hats and suits crafted by English tailors such as Anderson & Sheppard, hence the name Anderson's which is today one of the leading manufacturers of belts in Italy and probably the oldest in Europe.
All production still takes place in the famous laboratories in Parma by some 50 leather artisans. All goods are manufactured entirely by hand using only premium leathers and fabrics. The strong heritage of the brand stems from knowledge in craftsmanship, sewing and placing values on materials, passed on by generations within the family.