The Emperor's New Clothes

Ask a designer what it is they relish creating and invariably you’ll get “outerwear” as an answer (in fact, Billy Reid said that exact thing on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday morning). So when Paul Harvey and Alessandro Pungetti left Stone Island to design their own line, Ten C, they decided to focus solely on what they enjoyed making most.┬áThe result of their labor of love is a small collection of six essential outerwear pieces that were born from months of painstaking fabric research and development.

Each piece is made from a dense Jersey fabric that the duo invented with specialists in Japan, and dyed using a slow, super-heated process in Italy. The result: Ten C’s waterproof, breathable knit nylon fabric obtains a patina that only grows over months and years of use, making it softer and shinier with age. Your best bet might be the fishtail parka with detachable hood and wool lining. It’s their most versatile piece and the stand-out of the collection.

[Jake Davis]

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