Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket
A brand new Stone Island Membrana 3L TC jacket recently found its way through our doors and it got us all fondly reminiscing about the numerous reasons we can’t get enough of the Italian sportswear brand. So in an ode to the material maestros themselves and a pledge of allegiance to the compass patch we took a quick look into what makes them so good at what they do and why this fresh bit of Membrana has got us flying the Ravarino flag for all to see.
Take one glance at the sheer scale and variety of Stone Island’s impressive textiles resume and you know they mean business. Favouring the worlds of laboratories and practicality over that of runways and frivolity, Osti’s brand pursues a fierce desire to push the limits of what can and can’t be done when it comes to clothing, priding themselves on their defined sensibilities and a strong philosophy driven design ethos that prioritises the cornerstones of research, experimentation and functionality above all else.
The result? Some of the most technically pleasing garments we’ve had the fortune of getting our hands on, and that’s putting it lightly. In the years they’ve spent redefining the expectations when it comes to anything from outerwear to joggers they’ve not only amassed over 60,000 different dye recipes to compliment a vast list of bespoke materials, but turned things on their head when it comes to how garments are created, treated and subsequently finished all the while developing a dedicated cult following of detachable patch fanatics.
Just take a look at when the brand adopted something as ubiquitous as a chunky knitwear jumper into their revered ICE collection infusing it with a double layering of both pure wool and a thermo-sensitive yarn that resulted in changes of colour when the garment was exposed to a drop in temperature. Or, what about Stone Island’s nylon metal ripstop fabric? Arguably one of their most recognisable materials to date, it has been applied to a countless number of silhouettes boasting a trilobate structure that undergoes an intensive double-dye procedure to adapt it’s iconic metallic / tonic sheen with some pieces optimised further still with an internal resin treatment for an extra functional flair of elemental protection. In truth you could pick up any one of Stone Island’s products and spend hours discussing its nuances and intricate details whether it be a Tella Stella jacket or a pair of Felpa Placatta shorts the possibilities, in Stone Island’s opinion, truly are endless.
This latest addition to our Stone Island arsenal is no different. Cut in a slightly longer parka style length the jacket boasts plenty of intrinsic militaristic appeal and delivers on all fronts when it comes to a number of constructive complexities. Engineered from a lightweight performance fabric Stone Island refer to as Membrana 3L TC the jacket utilises a three pronged approach putting to work an opaque nylon outer layer laminated to a breathable, water resistant and windproof membrane which is then further reinforced with an impalpable polyester base. Not only does this mean the jacket is perfect for this time of year but it allows for Stone Island’s dyeing expertise to be applied directly to the outer layer whilst preserving the protective qualities of the underlying fabric.
But that’s not all, aside from the top notch composition on offer the Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket also comes equipped with an array of utilitarian attributes to serve your day to day needs including a plethora of pockets to keep your personal possessions safe, double velcro secured storm flaps with two-way main zip and both waist and hem adjusters to add shape if necessary. Perhaps one of the most notable features of the jacket however is it’s ability to be altered to fit your specific needs as fast as you could say, trilobate structure nylon micro ripstop weave, with the hood and both sleeves easily removable should the occasion call for it… and did we mention there is a removable compass patch on the sleeve?
Perhaps as they say in the world of motion picture it would be better to show rather than tell…
The Stone Island Membrana Jacket is available now at Aphrodite both in store and online.