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Missoni & Pigalle: When Heritage Meets Sportswear

Missoni’s creative director Angela Missoni joined forces with the unconventional Stephane Ashpool of the cult brand Pigalle to create a menswear capsule collection that will be unveiled this April exclusively in Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in Ginza and the Pigalle Stores.

Missoni’s heritage in crafting inspired and original luxury knitwear and their eclectic and nonchalant put-together style exquisitely compliment Ashpool’s creative utopian vision which melds an organic and imaginative approach with the 90s-era hiphop culture of his youth, all filtered and refined through the Parisian eye. The two brands share an affinity for diversity, family and freedom, an appreciation for nonconformity, curiosity and color and an integral relationship with the artisanal; values that emanate from this basketball-inspired capsule collection which merges Pigalle’s elevated sportswear with Missoni’s iconic knitwear and graciously nods to the athletic heritage initiated by founder Ottavio Missoni.

Missoni revisited the past using archive fabrics, dating back from 1985 to 2010, which have been artfully reworked into triangular patchwork fabrics and used for a selection of Pigalle’s most iconic pieces; rendering Missoni’s timelessness both contemporary and urban. Created in two color variants, a beige-yellow and a blue-purple, this versatile collection is comprised of pieces that fluidly adapt to the personal style of any man.

Pigalle’s raglan-sleeved, varsity bomber jacket displays front and back panels in Missoni’s quintessential patchworks, while a fur-stitch robe in pima cotton uses the same patchwork fabric for hems and shoulders; both are lined in a technical nylon sport mesh similar in appearance to the mesh used for basketball jerseys. A fleece track pant and sweatshirt exhibit patchwork side-panel inserts. A jersey t-shirt showcases appliqués of the Missoni and Pigalle logos that have been laser cut from Missoni space-dye fabrics. Pigalle’s take on the classic deerstalker cap is finished in suede and Missoni’s exclusive loom-knit fabrics. The pièce de résistance of this vibrant capsule collection is a collectible art piece: a basketball finished in the Japanese art of temari where Missoni fabrics served as inspiration for this ancient technique.

A spirited inclination, elegance in eccentricity and a love for color and athleticism are the qualities that draw Ashpool into the Missoni universe. Their similarities unite and their differences enhance a bold aesthetic that permeates this collaborative effort. In the words of Ashpool, “ Missoni brings to the table amazing craft, Pigalle brings a free vision unrestricted by rules.”