01: Ermenegildo Zegna
[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]s its name suggests, Ermenegildo Zegna’s latest capsule collection is meant to be comfortable, effortless and functional: The Second Skin range comprises lightweight pieces that can be easily layered for cooler weather or worn on their own when temperatures rise. The stars of the travel-ready collection are jackets, with our favourite being a light wool-and-silk blend blouson with a varsity-style knit collar and cuffs in a versatile blue-grey. The rest of the range includes smartly relaxed items such as polo shirts, shirts, trousers and denim, done in complementary colours such as off-white, teal, navy, brown and light grey.
It’s an eternal summer vacation in the world of Vilebrequin, the French maker of premium swimming and resort gear. Whether or not you’re headed to the south of France anytime soon, get yourself into a holiday mood with the brand’s St-Tropez Holidays 1971 collection. The colourful new range includes lightweight shirts, totes, and trunks with graphic prints and playful patterns (think palms, turtles or nautical-themed illustrations of lighthouses and anchors).
Forget having to ask the concierge for help with de-wrinkling your suitcase of clothing when you arrive at your destination. Boss’s Travel Line focuses on clothing that is resistant to creases while looking sharp and being breathable. Suits, for instance, are crafted from a wool blend with exceptional lightness and stretch, and feature stripped-down construction that allows for easy movement. The range’s business shirts are made from cotton enriched with aloe (and here we thought the stuff was just good for soothing burns), which does not wrinkly easily, and stays crisp yet comfy.
This season, premium skiwear and lifestyle brand Moncler introduces a series of Postcards that are meant to be kept for yourself, rather than sent to your nearest and dearest. The Postcards capsule series was created in collaboration with Paris-based artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme, who created three exclusive prints inspired by famous seaside locales such as Venice Beach, Saint Tropez, Capri and Positano. Quirky, artistic and fun, the colourful prints are featured on items such as tees, jackets and totes.
Berluti wouldn’t be Berluti without a touch of its handsomely patinated leather somewhere, and its outdoorsy summer collection of bags and sandals is no exception. Including a compact backpack and a two-in-one backpack that can also be carried as a tote, the B-Light range is made of tough and durable nylon – and features a contrasting Venezia leather front pocket. This leather accent obviously greatly reduces the waterproof-ness of these carriers, but frankly, it looks so good that we don’t quite care. (We’ll just keep these bags for sunny days.) This trope is repeated in the Paros sandals, which feature rugged canvas straps, a microfoam sole – and an insole and back strap made from leather.