Ok, so it’s been a while since our last brand of the week update…but we promise to start updating more frequently. In any case, we came across this brand after a link from an Italian boutique’s website, and just wound up staring at the seemingly never-ending loop of knitwear that is displayed on the company’s collection page. So hop on over, and just let the images reel you in for a few minutes. You’ll be glad you did.
Over the last year or two, many people may have heard about the knitted blazers and outerwear coming from Barena Venezia. If you’ve ever seen pictures of folks at the Pitti Uomo that takes place in the winter time, you’ve probably seen one of their items.
A lesser-known brand, however, puts out the same high quality knitted outerwear, but does so with a bit more of a streetwear edge and inspiration — Bark (made in Italy). Some truly great outerwear pieces from these folks for the fall, in solid, heavy knits, with beautiful fleece linings that will keep you warm and soft.
With our Fall/Winter items set to arrive on the site in a few weeks, we wanted to bring you some inspiration that we came across on the site of our Euro Brand of the Week — Alain (made in Italy). Alain is a knitwear-focused company started by the Fracassi family (of Adriano & Sons fame). Their pictures from F/W 2012 are clearly ahead of their time, as this, to me, is the perfect blend of pattern and color matching for the upcoming fall/winter season. Lots of tweeds and herringbones, and some great fall colors, but updated with a bit of sophistication.
Came across a lot of European manufacturers and designers at MRKET NY. This one, however, stuck out a bit more than the other. Shirts from Mazzarelli (made in Italy). For sure the quality is up there, but what stuck out more was the use of some great colors and patterns. Most shirt companies are afraid to display something a bit flashier, as it were, but these guys were not. Now, I don’t mean to say that the items were gaudy; far from it. It was just nice to see some great tailoring mixed with some panache. Check ’em out at camiceriamazzarelli.it.
Been a long week, and haven’t had a chance to go through some of the pics from last weekend’s trade shows, but wanted to highlight one of the brands that popped up there. It’s a new brand from an outerwear company that’s been around a long time, and has some really amazing knitted outerwear — Lost in Albion (made in Italy). The name might need a little work (fans of Merlin may get the reference), but the jackets surely don’t. The merchandise I saw at MRKET in NYC was phenomenal, and we might be able to pick some of this stuff up on a future trip to Italy. Take a look and let us know your thoughts. F/W 2014 collection shown here.
Some of you may have come across this brand on another retailer’s website at one time or another — formerly known, at least on the corporate level, as Gruppo Isaia (w/no relation to the very well known Isaia suit brand — www.isaia.it), Eidos and Michelangelo are brands of Michelangelo Srl, a suit manufacturer based in Naples.
The company’s suits are in the middle to upper-middle range in terms of quality, with construction and fabrics very similar to the Fugato/Papa & Sons brand items that we carry here at PEURIST. It appears they recently opened a showroom here in the U.S., so it will be interesting to see if the brand begins to make any headway. More info here.
Now that PEUR postings is up and running, we’re going to start bringing back one of our favorite features — Euro Brand of the Week. Wanted to highlight a brand that some Daffy’s customers may have seen scattered pieces from over the years. It is a french company specializing in pants that doesn’t really make it’s way to the States very often — Bernard Zins.
If you click on over to the website, and get through the intro page, you’ll come upon a short video that gives you some insight into the production process and the quality of the pants. Retail price points for Zins items, from what we’ve seen in the past, are generally upwards of a couple hundred dollars per pair.