Luxury sportswear tends not to aspire to performance. In fact, the simultaneous affirmation of a sportswear aesthetic and denial of performance is often how luxury brands have distinguished themselves from the rest of the field. This is what makes Stone Island such a welcome outlier. The Italian label has gained a reputation not just for employing performance, but for redefining it, with experimental research fabrics intended to enhance pieces in function and aesthetic. In their latest collection, the luxury sportswear experimentalists explore the unique textures of new and classic materials developed in-house, drawing from each a unique tonal range through a combination of their trademark dyeing processes.
One of the defining design principles of Italian label Stone Island’s approach is that a quest for innovation in simplicity must accompany their fabric research and development. It is the very high-performing materials for which they are known that allow them to distill pieces down to previously unseen foundational elements. By doing so, they unearth a kind of elegant simplicity.
The Stone Island Naslan Light Overshirt is a perfect example of this approach in practice. This piece is constructed from Stone Island’s ‘Naslan Light’ fabric: a durable, light, and abrasion-resistant, specifically engineered nylon fabric. This fabric is woven using a unique process in which the nylon filaments are steamed as they are spun, lending the material an appearance and makeup closer to that of organic fibre, without losing the performance advantages of nylon. Here in the classic black colorway, this piece features press studs at the cuffs, two-way front zip closure, classic collar, two patch pockets on the chest with flap and snap fastening, and epaulets on the shoulders. The piece is finished with the Stone Island compass patch affixed to the left epaulet.
Made in Italy from 100% polyamide.
Article Number: MO731511303-V0029.
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