The Ital­ian Touch

For un­der­stated and ver­sa­tile style sta­ples fit for those on the go, look no fur­ther than con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian brands

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Art Of Luxury - Paul & Shark and Pi­quadro

It goes with­out say­ing that Ital­ians have a clear un­der­stand­ing of what good de­sign is. Whether the sub­ject is fash­ion, fur­ni­ture, or au­to­mo­biles, qual­ity de­sign and ex­cel­lent crafts­man­ship is al­ways the high­light, re­sult­ing to a seam­less blend of form and func­tion.

A Sense of Her­itage

In 1950, the Dini fam­ily re- opened the Magli­fi­cio Daco mill in Varese. Orig­i­nally opened in 1921, the mill pro­duced top- qual­ity knitwear. All pro­duc­tion pro­cesses— from the pro­duc­tion of the yarn to the mak­ing of the boxes— hap­pened in- house. Part­ner­ships with lux­ury la­bels such as Chris­tian Dior and Ba­len­ci­aga en­sured a wide reach for the gar­ments.

The brand be­gan de­vel­op­ing in the 1970s, when a sail from an 18th- cen­tury clip­per that read “Paul& Shark” caught Paolo Dini’s eye. That, as well as the mill it­self, was what led him to launch the Paul & Shark brand in 1975. The first few col­lec­tions fea­tured sports fash­ion, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the spirit of ad­ven­ture of the sailing world. An el­e­gant touch was added to the de­signs, mak­ing them ap­pro­pri­ate for street wear. The brand later grew to pro­duce smart ca­sual and lux­ury lines, as well as wom­enswear and chil­dren’s wear col­lec­tions, al­ways stay­ing true to its goal of merg­ing the prac­ti­cal with the so­phis­ti­cated. To date, the COP918 pullover re­mains to be one of its most iconic cre­ations.

The spring/ sum­mer 2017 men’s col­lec­tion is a show­case of tech­nique and colour, fea­tur­ing pieces ap­pro­pri­ate for both recre­ational and pro­fes­sional use. The men’s col­lec­tion of­fers a va­ri­ety of polo shirts and tees in solids, stripes, and flo­rals. The but­ton- downs and knit pullovers are per­fect for days at the of­fice, while the light jack­ets and hood­ies are ideal for keep­ing warm. Shoes, bags, and caps round up the col­lec­tion.

The women’s col­lec­tion is an ex­cel­lent source for new style sta­ples as well. It is pop­u­lated by whites, blues, red, and yel­lows, with tops, bot­toms, and out­er­wear in solids and stripes. Pieces can be co­or­di­nated to cre­ate dif­fer­ent looks that ex­ude an easy­go­ing yet el­e­gant feel.

De­sign with a Pur­pose

Leather goods com­pany Pi­quadro was founded in 1987 by Marco Palmieri, who had been a 22-year- old en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent at the time. It started out as a com­pany that pro­duced pieces for Ital­ian lux­ury leather com­pa­nies, and was later launched as its own en­tity, dis­tin­guish­ing it­self as the go- to brand for func­tional, pro­fes­sional leather prod­ucts best suited for travel. The first bou­tique opened in the year 2000 in Milan, with oth­ers fol­low­ing in Paris, Lon­don, and New York. In­no­va­tion and func­tion­al­ity are key el­e­ments to Pi­quadro’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy. De­sign sen­si­tiv­ity and tech­nique go hand- in- hand to pro­duce its prod­ucts, en­sur­ing each piece is an ex­pres­sion of true Ital­ian el­e­gance. Each as­pect— down to the small­est de­tail— is the re­sult of in­ten­sive re­search. Pi­quadro is al­ways on the look­out for new de­sign cues, of­ten col­lab­o­rat­ing with the top de­sign schools in Italy. All prod­ucts are en­gi­neered for busi­ness, per­fectly suit­able to the so­phis­ti­cated in­di­vid­ual who is al­ways on the go. The brand’s spring/ sum­mer 2017 of­fer­ings range from com­puter back­packs to iPad cases, body bags to wal­lets, and key hold­ers to cord pouches. Cus­tomers in search of clas­sic looks may turn to the items that come in black, tan, or navy, while those seek­ing eye- catch­ing pops of colour may look to the strik­ing cobalt blues and reds.

It goes with­out say­ing that Ital­ians have a clear un­der­stand­ing of what good de­sign is.

style se­lec­tions Blue men's bag, Printed swim trunks, Pink men's knit­ted shirt, Blue men's leather shoes

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