by Paolo Ferrarini of Future Concept Lab
Sartoria Vico joins together the worlds of fashion and product design with a small series of essentially functional clothes and accessories, focused more on use than aesthetic.
The brand is one of the projects by the creative collective Dissociate, comprised of Benedetta de Bartolomeis, Monica Battistella, Stefania Casacci and Cristina del Buono—four girls who met while studying industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano.
Like other emerging Italian labels, Sartoria Vico tends to shy away from the traditional concept of seasonal collections in favor of changing materials or adding new designs, products and projects as they are ready, while reinvigorating and improved existing items as they reconceive them.
Since the very beginning, Sartoria Vicoâ€™s core research aimed to reinvent Made in Italy, knitwear and knitted accessories for the winter, which still characterize the heart of the collection. Their most notable styles include the Maglione Pancia (a sweater which extends to cover the legs while crouching), Vestito Manicotto (a mini dress with round neck and sleeves that can extend and cover the hands) and Collo (a composition of two collars, one narrow and one wider to wrap around décolleté or shoulders).
The color palette consists of basic colors like black, gray and navy blue, combined with more vibrant colors such as green and dusty mustard. An industrial design focus lends a versatility and functionality to the clothing—each piece comes packed with a set of detailed instructions on the various ways it can be worn.
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