Last year in May iconic fashion label Stone Island released this interesting and aesthetically appealing overview of its own history called Stone Island Archivio ‘982-‘012 in association with publisher Silvana Editoriale and art directed by Simon Foxton and Nick Griffiths. In the book the story of the Italian label, founded by Massimo Osti, that reinvented sportswear is told in more than 300 iconographic color images of garments from the Stone Island archives. Making it an interesting examination into the immense archive of the label that includes 20.000 garments and which contains most of the immense wealth of knowledge and experience on which the brand is founded.
Stone Island was established in 1982, designed to become a symbol of extreme research on fibres and textiles, applied to innovative design. The study of uniforms and of work wear, its evolution according to new requirements of use, has become Stone Island’s observation post for defining a project in which the clothing item’s function is never just aesthetic. An ongoing investigation, thorough and without frontiers, on the processing and ennobling of fibres and textiles, leading to discover materials and production techniques never used before in the clothing industry.
Jackets constructed in nylon monofilament, deriving from the water filtering technology. Highly reflective or thermo-sensitive fabrics, changing colour with the variation of temperature. Featherweight polyester cloth vacuum- coated with a 100% stainless steel film used in aviation technology to protect the on-board computers. These are some examples of materials conceived by the Stone Island philosophy.
The book features a foreword by Carlo Rivetti, current Creative Designer of Stone Island, plus an essay on ‘Thirty Years of Stone Island and the Challenge Facing New Italian-Style Business’ written by Italian sociologist and journalist, Francesco Morace. The book proves to be a high quality production as one expects from all Stone Island products. Having 654 pages and a hardcover with a PVC dust cover featuring the famous Stone Island compass patch the book.
You can order the book online here.