MINI FASHION Capsule Collection Launch At Pitti Uomo In Florence
For those not yet acquainted, Pitti Uomo is a bi-annual tradeshow that showcases exciting new and emerging menswear designers in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. The four-day event that started in 1972 has become a hub for retailers, buyers and editors to gather and preview upcoming fashion collections. This year, MINI FASHION is showing their fourth Capsule Collection, FIELD NOTES. The limited-run pieces have been created by four international designers in collaboration with The Woolmark Company and challenged the designers to craft pieces using Merino wool as the hero material. We travelled to Florence this week to check out the launch of the new collection.
Made for the urban traveller, this collection from MINI FASHION explores the idea of travel as more than just moving from one destination to another. Instead, travelling is seen as a personal experience enhanced by cultures and feelings. The four designers responsible for FIELD NOTES have incorporated their own travel experiences into their collections, interpreting wool in contemporary ways.
The designers of the collection, Liam Hodges, Staffonly, PH5 and Rike Feurstein have used the material to reimagine their signature styles and silhouettes. For example, Liam Hodges has used wool as a medium to reinvent the idea of denim with a six-piece look featuring a Prince of Wales check pattern. With a strong personal connection to the city of Brooklyn in New York, his pieces fuse classic tailoring with modern patterns. Young label Staffonly’s pieces for FIELD NOTES are rooted in inspiration from time spent in Greenwich Park, London. Reminiscing on their travels, the collection’s strong green colour is directly related to the lush green lawns they observed, while the bold stripes are a nod to the Meridian Line running through the park and also MINI’s iconic bonnet stripes.