7 Moncler Fragment, our interview with Hiroshi Fujiwara

7 Moncler Fragment, our interview with Hiroshi Fujiwara

Giulia Pacciardi · 5 months ago · Style

One house, different voices.
The mission of Moncler Genius is clear and doesn’t show signs of stopping, with Moncler Genius World Tour, in fact, the project takes the form of a world tour in which each collection is supported by a dedicated launch, each in a different city, each aimed at bringing the genius of the designers involved as far as possible.

In this context of unstoppable creativity, for the third time Hiroshi Fujiwara, one of the most influential existing streetwear designers, whose vision has influenced more than a generation of enthusiasts and professionals, is also included.

7 Moncler Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara, the collection to be released today, October 3, is characterized by a metropolitan appeal with references to aviation, tributes to American culture, allusions to the MOD style and the world of Pokémon.
A collection that innovatively combines new technologies with Moncler’s iconic savoir-faire to perfection, with items such as the parka and the bomber.
The collection also includes items such as the country check shirt, the teddy fleece jacket or the sweatshirt revisited in a down jacket key and, for the first time in the history of the brand, unwashed jeans with selvage.

To understand what lies behind the collaboration between Moncler and Hiroshi Fujiwara, we exchanged with him some jokes that opened our eyes to his vision and his work.

Thanks to the path you started over 30 years ago, you’re considered one of streetwear’s godfathers. How do you think this world has changed through the years and what dynamics led to its affirmation?

I don’t really feel like the godfather of streetwear, to be honest. I think the golden age of streetwear was a few years ago but I am sure that the trend will continue to influence people. I am looking forward to seeing how the younger generation interacts with streetwear and creates something new with it.

You collaborated with many designers and brands through the years, when you accept to put your creativity at a brand or project’s service, what are the reasons that push you to do it?

I can’t explain…I don’t even know. I always like to try to collaborate with people whose ethos and creative process I believe in.  I had the chance to meet with Remo Ruffini and talk with him about the Moncler Genius project and I really liked the idea. That’s why I joined the first Moncler Genius creatives team. It’s not just about making clothes, it’s the atmosphere that Moncler creates, also with the presentation in Milan. Experiences create something really exclusive that people feel.

Your collaboration with Moncler Genius has started in 2018, what are the elements of this project that fascinate you the most? Did your approach to the creative process has changed from the first to this last third one? How?

I like to work with brands that have a similar tempo to my own. The innovation of Moncler and the Moncler Genius project is something that I relate to and was one of the reasons I wanted to work with them. Teamwork. The Moncler team gives me the freedom to create what I want and believes in my creative approach. My approach is the same but of course, the inspirations are different and could come from everything, a place where I go or a person I meet…

What or whom did you get inspiration from? How did you manage to pursue diverse inspirations, letting them coexist in a single unique collection?

I mix archive Moncler aspects with my archive to create a hybrid of both. Moncler has such an expansive collection of vintage pieces and a very big archive with interesting design details so there was a lot to work with. I focused on the down jacket. It is a classic Moncler item so it was great to reinterpret it putting my own spin on it.

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The jewels by Ettore Sottsass Jr.

The jewels by Ettore Sottsass Jr.

Collater.al Contributors · 4 months ago · Style

Ettore Sottsass was a magic man. Architect, designer, writer: well I think he made everything.

He had a long and very exciting life, Ettore was the son of the eponymous Ettore Sottsass Senior and Antonia Peintner, he was born in Innsbruck in Austria on September 14th, 1917 and died in Milan on December 31st, 2007, just in time at the end of the year. Sculpture, painting, architecture, furniture, interior production, installations, graphic design, publications, industrial design, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry: Ettore did everything. From the end of the Fifties, he collaborates with Olivetti, a collaboration that lasts more than thirty years, one of the most famous objects he made is the Valentine typewriter, winner of the Compasso D’Oro. Very active on paper, he collaborates and founds a lot of magazines about design and architecture, in the Seventies with the radical architects he was constantly on the magazine Casabella directed by Alessandro Mendini and became a member of Global Tools. The most productive phase of his life, if we have to choose one, was when he founded the Memphis group, in this period he created the Casablanca bookcase, the Tahiti table lamp, and many other iconic objects.

… And he designs lots of jewels, a bit forgot compared to the rest of his work. Here are some of his masterpieces.

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Ettore Sottsass, anello criniera, 2002 [Cleto Munari]
I gioielli di Ettore Sottsass Jr | Collater.al
Ettore Sottsass, bague (or, corail), 1967
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Ettore Sottsass, Orecchino Otto Piedi, 2002 [Cleto Munari]
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Ettore Sottsass, Anello Canneto, 2002 [Cleto Munari]
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Ettore Sottsass, Pendente Figura,  2002 [Cleto Munari]
I gioielli di Ettore Sottsass Jr | Collater.al
Ettore Sottsass, COMETA Earrings, [ACME studio]
I gioielli di Ettore Sottsass Jr | Collater.al
Ettore Sottsass, EUPHORIA Necklace, [ACME studio]
I gioielli di Ettore Sottsass Jr | Collater.al
Ettore Sottsass, JARDINIERE Brooch, [ACME studio]
I gioielli di Ettore Sottsass Jr | Collater.al
I gioielli di Ettore Sottsass Jr | Collater.al

Text by Bianca Felicori

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The Chinatown Invitational x Stone Island kit is up for auction!

The Chinatown Invitational x Stone Island kit is up for auction!

Giulia Guido · 4 months ago · Style

For years Stone Island, an Italian streetwear brand, has been the official partner of the Chinatown Invitational football tournament. While some clubs from all over the world – this year teams from London, Montreal, Milan, and New York have taken to the field – compete on a field in the heart of New York, the most passionate fans try to take home a jersey kit. For this reason, this year Soho Warriors, one of the participating clubs, has decided to auction a kit with the 4 jerseys shown off in this year’s tournament and supplied by Stone Island. 

To participate in the auction just make a bid through the website of Soho Warriors, but hurry because you only have time until 18.00 on Tuesday, October 22

Perhaps your favorite team will not be able to raise the coveted Golden Pig, but you can wear the jersey. 

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Nemen releases its FW19 Collection

Nemen releases its FW19 Collection

Collater.al Contributors · 4 months ago · Style

Italian fashion has in so many ways laid the foundations for creating some of the highest quality garments on earth. Honing a craft for generations, true fashion excellence starts at the fundamental building blocks, the yarn, the fabric, the garment-dyeing process. The understanding of which will ultimately dictate what can be achieved as any finished product. A fact that is all too often lost in today’s hype-driven fashion systems where a brand’s social media savvy and ability to manipulate the hype game is more a measure of its success than what’s actually on offer.  

Enter NEMEN®, the Milan based brand that’s one of the few modern brands to take that knowledge and heritage and push it forward, evolving Italian fashion towards new grounds of expression.

Like the palindromic nature of its name, Nemen keeps an eye on the past whilst looking towards the future. It’s all still made in Italy and the brand has an incredible pedigree. Leonardo Fasolo, its head designer and creative director, has worked alongside such luminaries as Carlo Rivetti of Stone Island, extensively studied the Massimo Osti archive, worked with Paul Harvey of CP Company, and one of the few to have collaborated with Errolson Hugh of Acronym. Established in 2012 Nemen’s focus lies completely on the product. Trying to constantly research and push the possible within fashion-forward, to never before seen aesthetic landscapes. 

It was with great pleasure that Collater.al had the opportunity to shoot and produce the NEMEN look book for their new FW19 collection. Shot by our own Marco Mendia the NMN FW19 collection presents NMN’s latest developments within its realm of constantly innovative research. Some of the season’s definitive pieces include the new Zephyr and Dare jackets. The Zephyr with its clean and minimal off-center zipper design draws inspiration from Asian silhouettes. Where the Dare jacket is the season’s ultimate wet weather protector. Other highlights include the Crash Vest and Futura Kimono as well as a range of Down Jackets for the colder winter months. The collection combines great silhouettes with advanced dyeing techniques such as the triple Tie-Dye method used on the BLADE Goose down jacket. The NEMEN FW 19 collection is available now via the Nemen site and their select retailers worldwide. Check out the Collater.al shot look book below.

Text by Peter Dahlgren
Photo by Marco Mendia

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Shattered Backboard 3.0, the new Air Jordan 1

Shattered Backboard 3.0, the new Air Jordan 1

Collater.al Contributors · 4 months ago · Style

The 1985 was a year of great beginnings and future achievements that led Michael Jordan to be one of the best and most influential sportsmen ever. It was his debut years, everyone was falling in love with him, Olympic champion in 1984, NCAA champion with North Carolina, Rookie of the Year in 1985, the same year he signed the contract with the Chicago Bulls, scoring one of the most lasting and successful relationships in the history of the sport.

This is also the year zero for the history of Air Jordan, the institution and status symbol of a worldwide change in sports marketing. It was on the occasion of the launch in Europe that Michael came to Italy to play three demonstrative matches that would take him to Rome, Caserta and Trieste.

Trieste, 25th August 1985. On the parquet floor of the Chiarbola sports arena, the local team Stefanel and Juve Caserta compete with each other with crushed blows, it was during the Nike Exhibition Game. In that game at the last basket, “His Airness” should have played once for one team and once for the other, but in the end he decided to stay in the orange uniform. Just with that jersey, Air Jordan 1 in coordination, after having put on the scoreboard about thirty points, makes a dunk that literally shattered the basket.

In 2015 a shoe was made dedicated to this episode identified as the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shattered Backboard” as one of the most revered and desired shoes ever, despite being a “new-age” sneakers. In 2016 the “Reverse Shattered Backboards” was released and in 2018 the “Satin Shattered Backboards”. Soft leather, one of the softest ever, “Sail” color that is completed by the orange and black of the details.

At the time of these models, a new curtain opens and a new release in Jordan’s house is just around the corner, even these much-awaited and the object of desire of many. Their name is AJ1 High OG Black/Orange also known as “Shattered Backboard 3.0” protagonists of the third chapter.

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This updated design uses the popular black and orange color scheme, but the look is completely updated and fresh, mixing its patent leather uppers with a crumpled aesthetic. The sneakers that probably stands out among the “Flight Reimagined” – AJ1 from the iconic coloring that will be reborn this season (the Bloodline and the Come Fly With Me.)

The shoe “Shattered Backboard 3.0” will make its official debut tomorrow, October 26, 2019, which will be presented by the 2G3THER Milanese squad.

The 2G3THER squad is made up of a group of sportsmen, creatives and artists passionate about the world that revolves around the Jumpman, representing all the different facets that will be told, from now on, through their voice and way of expressing themselves.

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The group includes Nausica Dell’Orto (Captain of the Italian National Women’s Football Team and Storyteller for the NFL Films), Capone (videomaker and content creator), Francesca (photographer and creative), Bogdan “Chilldays”‘ Plakov (photographer and creative), Alvaro “Alvaanq” Cecchetti (illustrator and artist), Joy (professional dunker), Jacopo (professional shoemaker), Greg (Product Designer) and Sam (Sneakerhead).

The event will be held within the Special Sneakers Club in Viale Gian Galeazzo, there will be a presentation of the shoe and a talk mediated by a special guest, Alessandro Mamoli, the iconic face of basketball on Sky Sport, who will tell the behind the scenes of that magical moment. To complete the whole, there will be a special installation curated by DCJ Sneakers, which will present the shoe in its details, and you can admire a selection of Jordan from the archives of the 2G3THER squad.

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Texts by Elisa Scotti

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