Stone Island 30: A Conversation With Carlo Rivetti

Stone Island David Tela Light TC Jacket - Navy - Stone Island from ...David: What are the biggest challenges you face going forward?

Carlo: Never stop! Carrying on looking forward, keeping the correct the approach, passion and energy!

David: Looking back, what fabric development, research or invention are you probably the most pleased with?
Carlo: It’s not a textile that makes me the most proud. In June this year, to celebrate the brand’s anniversary, we produced STONE ISLAND 30 a 3 week long retrospective exhibition in Florence in collaboration with the Pitti Discovery Foundation.

David: Can you describe the exhibition?

Carlo: It was arrange within the amazing Stazione Leopolda, a 2,500 square meter dismissed mid-19th century train station. The exhibition included over 200 pieces from the archives, divided in 10 thematic areas representing the innumerable treatments, tests and processes that were required to create them.

Entering and walking through the exhibition, to me, was very emotional. I saw the continuity and coherency within the Stone Island brand very clearly. It made me feel really proud.

David: Do you see Stone Island as a fashion house? How do you define the brand?

Carlo: We feel closer to the industrial design world rather than the fashion industry. Our garments are conceived as design items, wherein functionality and research are fundamental. We look to fashion in a lateral way, driven by different stimulus. Stone Island is research, experimentation, function and use. It’s a sportswear brand that carries on an ongoing investigation, thorough and without frontiers, on the processing and ennobling of fibres and textiles, leading to find materials and production techniques never used before within the clothing industry.

David: Do you’ve an all-time favourite Stone Island piece?Carlo: No, I can’t choose but every season I’ve my very own knit piece they ‘re called the ‘President Knits they are full zip knits that you could wear as a jacket, as all of them have a protective detachable lining inside. Season after season we implement them with different materials and technologies.

David: What’s development process like?

Carlo: We do tests on dyeing and treatments in our internal colour laboratory. It’s a department able to combine advanced technology, experience and human knowledge, and it has developed more than 60,000 different dyeing recipes throughout the years. We study the uniform and the workwear world. Our archive is a robust point of reference. I believe that the insatiable curiosity of sounding the current and the tension towards possible futurescenarios are the conditions for Stone Island’s continuous evolution.

David: In your opinion, what’s the following step in fabric research, where do we go from here?

Carlo: We’re studying materials used in the car industry. This is without doubt one of the possible future scenarios.

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