Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Renaissance Painting-Inspired Collection for Moncler

For Italian luxury skiwear brand Moncler, Valentino’s acclaimed creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli has delivered a capsule collection that harks back to the forms of early-Renaissance paintings. The full-body, lightweight down-filled-nylon pieces—zip-up hooded capes, layered over padded skirts and paired with gloves—are out today. According to Piccioli, it’s “an uttermost expression of my taste and a very personal effort.” To exemplify the inspiration, textile designer and photographer Suzanne Jongmans released an art series that …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Japan's pizza vending machines, Detroit Design Month, "sextech" patents and more

Detroit Design Festival Grows to Month-Long Extravaganza In 2015, Detroit was anointed as the first-ever UNESCO City of Design in the United States. This honor pertains to their astounding past and the continued revitalization coursing through the Motor City as we speak. In celebration of the award and the abundant creative energy, Detroit Design Core has expanded the Detroit Design Festival from one week’s worth of activities …

All the Magical, Technical Benefits of Vollebak’s Graphene Jacket

For the first time, a brand has been able to turn the notoriously difficult to work with, aerospace revolutionizing material, graphene into a piece of consumer outerwear. The thin, expensive graphite-derived matter is very hard to produce and manipulate—especially in large quantities. But London-based Vollebak has utilized it for their $695 reversible jacket—and it’s stunning. The material make it capable of “absorbing heat and then …

éclectic Founder + Designer Franck Malègue’s Unparalleled Vision for Outerwear

Future-forward fabrics, classic silhouettes, Parisian elegance and a forthcoming NYC flagship

A step inside éclectic‘s rue Charlot flagship in the third arrondissement of Paris doesn’t immediately reveal the brand’s secrets. Impeccable organization showcases concise collections of outerwear, sweaters and sports coats. Only with an item in-hand do the details come forward. There are no other fabrics in these categories that look and feel the way éclectic’s do. Hand-tailoring and refined details manifest on materials that seem …

Unisex Clothing, Accessories and Outerwear from thesalting

Made-in-America pieces from a new brand designing out of NYC

When holding a garment from thesalting—not just carrying it but really analyzing it; running one’s fingers along the lines, feeling the fabric—you begin to understand their commitment to old-world craftsmanship. From afar, this brand’s debut is a collection of future-forward, unisex items. It’s a cohesive collection, and the brand’s identity is tangible. Every silhouette is simple and nautical components act as highlights—bit of rope here, …