A cut above

ISAIA’s new FW17 collection pays homage to the legendary silk production of San Leucio in southern Italy. The suits, jackets and trousers are set in warm, earthy tones, ranging from chestnut to rust. The iconic argyle motif, which is intertwined in the fabrics, is firmly rooted in Neapolitan traditions and features throughout the stunning new collection.

Quality is evident in the details: a hand-stitched buttonhole, a hand-sewn lining, a hand-made reinforcement on a shirt sleeve that makes it durable for years to come. Look closely and you’ll find careful detail in the patterns, too. ISAIA’s own coral-rhombus design shows up on the underside of coat collars. The brand’s iconic red coral motif appears on jacket linings and subtly incorporated into the season’s argyle prints.

Though the cold weather may bring with it the temptation to trade style for comfort, ISAIA’s winter range allows you to indulge in both. Alongside impeccably tailored suits – two piece or three, single breasted or double – the brand presents weekend-ready pieces like smart denims, luxurious knits, and quilted jackets in herringbones and checks that blur the line between suiting and outerwear. If classic and contemporary can co-exist, ISAIA is the proof this season.

FW17 also brings with it one extra surprise: a capsule collection introducing a unique character named Corallino. The protagonist of an upcoming book, Corallino is a playful illustrated take on the Neapolitan stereotype. Despite being pocket-sized, the character is quick to win anyone over with his larger-than-life personality and amusing attitude, all expressed through typical Italian hand gestures.

Corallino hides in the capsule’s suit linings, appears on buttons and leather goods, and becomes the star of his own t-shirts and sweaters. Can there be a more playful way to pay homage to the cultural and sartorial allure of Naples this season?

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