C.P. company FW022, is out now!
The heart of C.P. Company FW022 is to be found in the collection’s profound exploration of its signature colour card, refined through expert garment dyeing techniques across a hybridized range of materials. This approach – with the development of up to twelve subtly different tones per garment style and obsessive research into the details of even the simplest garments – consciously echoes the atmosphere of the brand’s all-encompassing mid-1980s collections. Exceptional natural fabrics, from British waxed cotton (Ba-Tic) to brushed and energised diagonal fleece to merino wools, are given a leading role, subject to various techniques of resistance during the dyeing process to enhance the chromatic experience of the brand’s already unique colour card.
These deep and textured natural fabrics and tones are aggressively contrasted and cut through with a careful selection of high-performance and technical synthetic fabrics, in particular Gore-Tex G-type, a proprietary C.P. Company process for garment dyeing entire Gore-Tex jackets (a feat which, in fact, C.P. Company was the first company in the world to achieve in 2005) and Gore-Tex Infinium 3L Mixed in which garment-dyed pocket storage systems are bonded to an Infinium 3L fabric.
Forms and functions of garments across the collection precisely reference, as is the brand’s tradition, icons of outdoor and military design history whilst at the same time integrating proprietary C.P. Company pocket systems and details.
The implementation of proprietary design systems takes its most extreme form in the Metropolis Series, where the designers allow for the technical characteristics of the performance fabrics employed to generate the garment system. This industrial approach is particularly evident in the revisitation of the Metropolis series’ original iconic fabric, Dynafil, hybridised with ultralight down inserts, as well as in the use of advanced adhesive constructions (A.A.C.) that eliminate the use of stitching.
About C.P. Company:
In 1971 Massimo Osti, a young graphic designer from Bologna who would go on to be recognised as the “godfather of urban sportswear,” founded the brand Chester Perry, famous for its screen-printed t-shirts. In 1978 he changed the name to C.P. Company. This drier, more mature name inaugurated one of the most explosive and influential bursts of creativity in the history of sportswear. Over the last decades, the brand has continued to pioneer a connoisseurial hybrid style that combines the functionality of vintage military, work and sportswear with intense fabric research and innovation, heightened by using garment dyeing, a technique which C.P. Company was the first brand in the world to pioneer in the mid-1970s. This hybridisation of functional menswear