Stone Island Archivio T-Shirt – Mussola Gommata
It’s no secret that Italian sportswear maestros Stone Island are proud of their extensive archives; constantly reinventing iconic styles with new fabrics, or applying archival fabrics to new pieces, their work is uniquely self-referential and respectful of its own heritage.
Every season since the brand’s 30th anniversary in 2012, Stone Island has released a highly-limited t-shirt commemorating one of its highly-specialised, custom fabrics. For AW17, it’s the turn of the iconic Mussola Gommata bonded muslin fabric. Created by bonding a fine, lightweight cotton muslin fabric to a weather-resistant polyurethane film, the unique composition let the Mussola Gommata fabric to take on an unprecedented depth of dyeing colour for such a technical fabric, allowing for all manner of unique finishes. For this reason it has stood the test of time and resurfaced in many forms throughout Stone Island’s collection, with deep, rich colourways complemented by reflective, prismatic and two-tone treatments.
For such a staple of their archives, it’s only fitting that this commemorative t-shirt be something a bit special. Boasting a full-colour print of a Mussola Gommata jacket and technical information to the rear, a small Stone Island logo and ‘Archivio’ embroidery to the front, and tags that include a small swatch of the fabric itself as a finishing touch. It goes without saying, but the t-shirt itself is as premium as they come, crafted from high-quality cotton to Stone Island’s exacting standards.