How Ermenegildo Zegna Crafts Streetwear With A Couture Twist
Menswear has entered a newer, more youthful era, with streetwear designers like Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones taking over established houses like Louis Vuitton and Dior Homme. Over in Milan, legendary label Ermenegildo Zegna has also interpreted the street-inspired trend, unveiling their latest accessory collection – this time with a unique couture twist.
An innovation by artistic director Alessandro Sartori, the new line comprises a variety of sneakers brought together by their trademarked Pelle Tessuta (which directly translates to “woven leather”) technique.
What makes Pelle Tessuta distinct is its mimicking of the art of weaving fabric. Every item features strips of nappa leather, each measuring about 2.2mm thin. These are then placed in a warp position, interwoven in a horizontal fashion similar to creating a bespoke suit or red carpet dress.
The latest collection also features Ermenegildo Zegna’s now-signature Tiziano sneakers, from low-top to high-top pairs now made available in the Pelle Tessuta design. These pieces are purely handmade, created with lateral cuts and triple stitch heels, both nods to the atelier’s artisan history. In addition, each shoe is crafted with a leather insert to the sole’s exterior, similar to their own custom-made derbies and oxfords.
Ermenegildo Zegna has also extended its Pelle Tessuta collection beyond footwear, with a selection of leather accessories that includes backpacks, totes, belt bags, pouches, and even classic belts. While its sneakers are clearly meant for the pavement, these items are subtly influenced by the racetrack, with a stripe motif inspired by the Formula 1 circuit.
More than streetwear hype, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta collection injects their time-honored heritage into its pieces, proving them worthy of keeping in one’s wardrobe. Gain easier access to the Fall 2018 Pelle Tessuta collection with the expertise of our luxury managers – message us at #ShoppersAlley now. #FindYourLuxury
July 10, 2018 // 0 Comment
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