Stone Island’s Heat Reactive Jacket
Stone Island is famous for many things one of which is their never-ending strive to expand, explore and generally just push the boundaries in fabric growth. The research going into the Italian label’s material makes the brand, in artistic director Carlo Rivetti’s words, 90% science-focused. The rest is just dedicated to make you look good while rocking the latest in crystal heat-sensitive coated clothing. A first-rate example of this is Rivetti’s Heat Reactive Jacket. Changing colour from black to green at a certain degree, the jacket combines fashion’s sense of fun with Stone Island’s dedication and experimental take on functionality. To make things even better, Dazed Digital has been gifted with a jacket (Dimension Giant) to offer away… more stone island xl data underneath our Q&A with Carlo Rivetti…
Dazed Digital: What exactly is it in the fabric that makes it change colour
Carlo Rivetti: It’s a liquid crystal heat-sensitive coating. Beginning at 27°C, the molecules within the coating undergo a rotation, modifying the light course. Because of this the colour of the garment regularly begins to morph from the dark colour of the surface coating to the much lighter and brighter color of the fabric base. When the garment returns to regular temperature, it recovers its authentic dark coating colour.
DD: How a lot of Stone Island is vogue and how much is science
Carlo Rivetti: The tradition of analysis and experimentation, along with function and use are the matrixes that have always defined Stone Island. Fashion is not really relevant for me, my priority has always been to create nice product. Research and treatments on fabric are the most important to me – fabrics are designed and take life, physique, opacity or shine, depth, gradations, and more unexpected elements by the complete knowledge of our Research and Development team and of our Colour Laboratory. Lets’ say know-how is 90%; the ten% is not vogue, but the desire to create an appealing garment.
DD: Has Stone Island always been about functionality
Carlo Rivetti: Yes! Stone Island is inspired by the research of functions in uniforms and work wear, and of their evolution in response to new requirements Stone Island Clothes UK of use. Since the very beginning, from the first fabric we used, now we have always thought about functionality. A garment has to fulfill the everyday use that it was meant for – this incorporates protection, engineered shape, pockets and other features. It must be ‘handsome’, representative ‘of’ or ‘for’ its wearer. Let’s say that Stone Island’s goal is defining a challenge in which the garment’s function is never just aesthetic. We talk to real men, and real men want functionality.
DD: Is there a practical function for the Heat Reactive Jacket
Carlo Rivetti: Effectively, the point we started from is active camouflage. A garment that changes according to its environment. The Ghost pieces in the collection are also based on the concept of camouflage, but in a distinct approach: they are totally monochromatic. Even their Stone Island badges have been created in special mono-colour versions to blend with the garments.
DD: What’s next for you and for Stone Island
Carlo Rivetti: Stone Island is nearly 30 years old. The talent we expressed to date by means of our product, analysis and growth and colour lab groups, not forgetting the production crew that implements the processes on a larger scale is impressive, actually we are not even absolutely aware of how far we are able to attain, as a result of we are completely immersed within the everyday strategy of inventing, experimenting and problem solving. The starting point is the drive, the passion we put in what we do as well as the deep insight all the time geared to outperform ourselves: pushing the pedal, yes, but additionally building on our heritage. Let’s see what’s next!