Stone Island’s Shadow project is well known for its use of innovative fabrics and designs, often in bright and vibrant colourways. The Glass Poplin Jacket certainly fits the theme of the brand, as Stone Island continues to look towards the future to ensure they are at the forefront of the fashion scene creating stand-out pieces that resonate with their followers.
The Glass Poplin Jacket is created from 100% cotton with a topographic patterning to the exterior, a Polyurethane Resin lines the piece offering both wind and water resistance and helps to give the jacket that shinny glass/toffee wrapper effect. Two large pockets add much-desired practicality to the garment, alongside a two-way zip and branded press studs allow for easy closure.
Inside the jacket, a warming-down gilet helps line the piece and is constructed using Nylon and a padded feather down. The gilet is finished with stud fastenings, two handy button-down pockets a subtle shadow project tab to help complete the look.
The Glass Poplin Jacket and Gilet can be worn together or separately and uses the classic Stone Island harness system. The jacket would certainly add a creative and colourful touch to any out, and with no doubt turn heads when you are in the city or out on more long-distance adventures.
New season clothing is beginning to rear its head and this Stone Island Shadow Project Corrosion Print Corduroy Jacket was too good not to talk about, find out more below…
Having spent countless years pushing the boundaries when it comes to materials and treatments you’d think Stone Island would be beginning to show signs of slowing when it comes to the far reaches of clothing exploration, however that’s where their latest Shadow Project piece, the Corrosion Print Three Layer Corduroy Jacket, is here to tell you that you’re wrong.
With a list of stellar talking points as long as its name, the jacket juxtaposes its outer facing old school corduroy fabric with a futuristic medley of both a two-way stretch nylon backer and performance focused membrane. Featuring a fixed hood with press stud neck clasp, zippered side pockets and military inspired velcro detailing to the front, you can find the classic blacked out removable compass patch placed to the sleeve as an expectant nod to the diffusion lines more subdued aesthetic.
Taking an equally unique approach when it comes to colour and design, the jacket is dyed using indigo, a colour which bonds to the individual fabrics differently resulting in a bespoke patina for each component. Arguably one of the brand’s most popular signature touches, next the jacket is augmented with a corrosive print which that, when applied to specific sections, reacts with both the material and dye to create a contrasting and intricate visual pattern.
A design imagined under the concept of ‘Variable Adaptability’. The Stone Island Shadow Project Contour Parka is available at aphrodite.
Remember Stone Island’s so-called ‘Toffee Wrapper’ jacket from way back in ’92? Well, this Shadow Project Contour Parka doesn’t stray too far from the unforgettable essence of that retro number. Glazed in the same rusted hue, the jacket rolls out as a striking silhouette from Shadow Project’s 23rd collection, yes you heard that right, their 23rd collection! So, with such a monumental touchpoint insight for Shadow Project, the tastemakers behind the brand felt this hooded garm would be the perfect piece to conceptualise under their ‘variable adaptibility’ notion for the new season.
By ‘variable adaptibility’, we’re talking about the need for change dependant on your setting or unexpected weather, which, if you’re living in good old England like us fine people, it’s an element you, unfortunately, need to consider on the daily. Shadow Project call out the collection with these words, ‘the looming conditions of winter serve as a starting point for the concept of variable adaptability. Mechanisms of conversion, attachment, and expansion serve to widen the use of potential garments, empowering the wearer to modify them in accordance with shifting environmental circumstance.’
So, with that said, how does this Shadow Project Contour Parka actually diversify to battle general changes in scenery or harsh weather conditions? Well, sitting underneath its dual grid nylon outer that’s both translucent and light-refractive, not to mention insanely durable, is an insulating layer of quilted padding, perfect for retaining heat and protecting the wearer from declining temperatures. Additionally, in honour of its ‘Contour’ moniker, drawstring adjustments clinch in the design at its hood, hem and cuffs, locking in warmth while custom-fitting the design to your own personal stature. Furthermore, nylon jersey inlays tonally articulate the base – starting at the cuffs and working their way right up to the style’s chest to present an element of flexibility in areas which move the most.
As well as being garment-dyed, this Shadow Project Contour Parka also boasts an anti-drop agent, designed to supply a lasting viel of water repellency on the outer, while further detailing comprises of the brand’s signature, all-black compass badge at the left sleeve, joined by two hand-warmer pockets and a utility zip pocket on the arm.
Anything but bashful, this Parka is commanding in every sense, whether it be in colour, construction or purpose. Take a leap out of your comfort zone this season and soak up the goodness on offer from Stone Island Shadow Project as they continue to serve up their 23rd capsule to the industry’s watching eyes.
Stone Island Shadow Project – the sub-line of the Italian brand helmed by ACRONYM’s Errolson Hugh – never disappoint when it comes to pushing the boundaries of fabric composition and technology. Take, for instance, last season’s sell-out Scarabeo Down Jacket, with its dazzling multicoloured reflective shell. For Spring / Summer 2019, the brand goes in a more subtle, but no less impressive direction, playing with the concept of camouflage in different ways.
The Lenticular Jacquard Bomber Jacket utilises a lightweight single-layer fabric that is custom-woven in Italy with contrasting coloured threads in the warp and weft, resulting in a three-dimensional, dynamic camo pattern that changes appearance depending on the light and angle. Given the brand’s utilitarian approach, it is no surprise that this fabric is also treated with water-repellency and an anti-drop agent for supreme wearability to go with its timeless silhouette.
Once again utilising a custom-woven camouflage fabric, the Pullover DPM Chiné Jacket boasts a unique Shadow Project-designed DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material), a modern iteration of camouflage that is made to reflect bustling neon city streets rather than covert ops in a hostile environment. Equipped with stacked tunnel pockets for all your daily essentials and a toggle-adjustable hood, this is yet another modern classic from techwear genius Errolson Hugh.
Rounding out the collection is a brace of t-shirts with the brand’s signature high-tech graphics and the distinctive geometric Catch Pocket to the chest, giving any of your techwear looks a finishing touch. It’s the perfect taster of what’s yet to come for the rest of the season; keep a lock on our social media channels for more as and when it drops.
The techwear ghost turned pioneer of revolutionary clothing fabrication is the trendsetter you need to know about, and if he’s lending his name to it you can guarantee it’s going to make waves in the fashion world. Here’s a brief history on the heir to Massimo Osti’s throne
To sell a hard-shell jacket for over $1,000, you just have to make a hard-shell jacket that’s worth over $1,000
Kickstarting a clothing revolution in 1994, Hugh and partner Michaela Sachenbacher birthed an independent design and consulting agency dubbed ACRONYM®. Cutting their teeth as guns for hire in the technical apparel world, their work with snowboarding outfitters Burton allowing them space, time and finances to cut their teeth.
Burton was great because they were so irreverent. Snowboarding’s inherently technical. You need the protection, you need the performance for the activity, but it’s got such a punk rock spirit to it. There was never an idea that was too crazy.
Spending a lot of time in Munich providing freelance work for companies allowed the duo to generate a stubborn determination to create the foundations of their techwear revolution.
Why don’t we have this in our everyday clothes? We proposed that idea to everyone we were working with, because we obviously didn’t have any money. All of them said, “No thanks. You’re crazy.” So we figured we’d just do it ourselves.
With that, the agency made the decision to begin the plans for their first ACRONYM product, taking two years to come to fruition and eventually releasing in 2002 ACRONYM’s first collection, dubbed Kit-1 consisted of a jacket, a bag, a soundtrack, software, catalogues featuring concept art, and a few other small items that went above and beyond the usual brand roll out we’re now used to. Their first full collection, released in Fall 2003, was carried by tastemakers like Colette in Paris cementing the brand within a year of its real inception. Until 2009, Errolson and Michaela were the company’s only employees.
I’m the visible part, but Michaela is equally strong as far as aesthetics, and ACRONYM definitely wouldn’t look the same if she wasn’t co-owner
ACRONYM’s collections never have more than 15 pieces, an indication of the painstaking detail that goes into each design.
The whole point of ACRONYM when we started was, “let’s try and establish a way of doing things where we don’t have to compromise on the product.”
As much as the experience of working on a curated product for brands formulated the eventual ACRONYM we know today, the influence came from humbler beginnings.
a major influence in that was karate. It fascinated me because I could do all these movements that I couldn’t do in my regular clothes. It was the first time I understood the results of pattern-making. That triggered a lifelong quest for pants that you could kick people in the head with – another seminal thing for ACRONYM
Martial arts fosters self-reliance, and you learn to trust your own judgment. You realize, in a very real, physical way, that you can do more than you think you can. The whole mind over matter thing, mastering situations, all of that has real-world application, particularly if you’re an entrepreneur or you’re in a super competitive industry, like fashion
Nike / ACG
You know we’re not just going to give these shoes a different color right?
After collaborating with an extensive mix of clients that include Tilak, KHS Tactical, Arc’Teryx, Burton Snowboards, iDiom, Analog USA, GORE-TEX®, Bagjack, Massimo Osti, Herno Laminar, Stone Island, United Arrows Japan and Disaeran, American sports giants Nike tasked Hugh with the revitalisation of their heralded ACG line, using the mastermind’s extensive experience to live up to the ‘All Conditions Gear’ name. Alongside annual collaborations between ACRONYM and Nike, the seasonal drop of ACG allowed Nike to bolster their catalog with a proven air, bringing their retro ACG lines back to the forefront and allowing the reissue of the heralded styles with a renewed vigor and pedigree.Having worked on a multitude of different Nike’s now, 2015’s Lunar Force 1, 2016s Presto Utility, 2017’s AF1 Downtown & Lunar Force 1 anniversary release up to 2018’s recent Air Max day drop of the Vapormax moc that stands as the last collab whilst Hugh remains as creative director, his contract with Nike and ACG running out after next season.
I know a lot of people are expecting us to add zippers and buckles and bolt on some parts, but we actually put those things on to change the function of the shoe. But you can already just slip on the VaporMax, so there was no reason to do that.
With the collaboration came the crowning moment in a 20 plus year career for Hugh, a chance to put his name on the map and fund future projects for his ACRONYM brand.
Working with Nike means that you’re really working with pop culture. It’s not just a product or a collection. It’s so ingrained into so many people’s histories.
STONE ISLAND SHADOW PROJECT
When Paul Harvey retired from his job as creative director at Stone Island, the brand approached Errolson to be a part of the resurgent team, a partnership that gave birth to Stone Island Shadow Project. A hiring of Errolson to revitalise the ACG was a crowning achievement, the appointment of the ACRONYM team to the historically revolutionary creative team at SI allowed a marriage of technical ability and future thinking fashion. Having direct, hands-on experience in the development and integration of every conceivable technical fabric being used today meant that Hugh’s experience and forward-thinking ideas could provide a renaissance for the brand with its mix of masterful longtime employees and new concepts.
At Stone Island there are people who have been building fabrics every single day for decades – people who have been fitting or cutting clothes for their entire lives. You better believe it that we pay attention when they take the time to work with us on a jacket! One of the best things about this industry is that there is always something new to learn. Or, better yet, something OLD to learn.
With the pedigree of his own brand blazing a trail in the technical work just as Massimo Osti had conquered in his early years at Stone Island, it made the decision to hire Hugh as a creative director an obvious choice for the brand. revolutionary ideas such as ACRONYM Analog MD Clone Jacket was one of TIME magazine’s ‘Coolest Inventions of 2002,’ while the ACRONYM GT-J5A jacket sparked it’s own imitators, with Gucci adopting a similar design for a catwalk show in the early part of the decade. This is the kind of attention that made Errolson’s hiring an inevitability rather than a formality.
That’s the only collection we’ve ever worked on where you get to design not only the pieces but also the fabric of those pieces in the collection. They’re so up for trying different things, difficult things, and stuff no one else would even attempt. They’re like, ‘Yeah, let’s add these three processes on top of it and see what happens.’ And you just don’t get that anywhere else.
With ten years under his belt as head of the Shadow Project department, the anticipation for an anniversary collection hit fever pitch at the turn of the year. Considering the fan fair that was generated for the 30th-anniversary collection by Stone Island, you can only expect a similar if not further heralded reaction to a 10th-anniversary collection considering Stone Islands current place as the trendsetting technical wear brand. With this anniversary drop and 21st collection, 6919 as it’s dubbed serves as an ode to the progressive Stone Island division.
Hugh and team created a new set of innovative flank and drop pockets to promote quick storage and retrieval and further similar ideas that had manifested in previous collections. Additionally, fabric research for the special range comes in the form of the Scarebeo textile which is a conspicuously reflective iridescent material inspired by the exterior of beetles, instantly recognisable as a Stone Island fabric yet somehow revolutionary and unique to this collection. The ever-popular Stealth jacket serves as the standout piece of the collection, reworked with the iridescent textile and comes complete with an array of hidden pockets and special 10-year commemorative branding. Parseq system stands core to the Shadow Project as ever, separating the garments into their own category.
The current iteration aims to refine the concepts of utility, nuance, and experimentation that has always existed at the core of this capsule.
Outside of real-life fashion consultation, the Acronym team has been drafted to aid in clothing design for games, manifesting in a marriage of techwear and sci-fi that influenced Errolson’s own approach to his designs.
The relation between science fiction and technological development, and how that affects society, is deeply related to ACRONYM’s aesthetic.
Tasked with designing a real-life functioning techwear trench coat, the Acronym team created the model to be scanned into the digital world, its design echoing principles and creations that can be traced to Errolson’s work with Stone Island.
Eidos, the company that develops Deus Ex, approached us and they flew us out to their Montreal studios and showed us the game development. They explained the character, the situation, what he was doing. We then designed a coat for him as if he was a real person. We basically did the same thing we always do, which was actually built a real-life jacket. We made two prototypes, and the second one was the one that they chose. We actually drafted the patterns like it’s a real coat.
Even Errolson’s relationship with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has left people guessing as to what ties the eccentric creatives might have with one another. Whether it’s business or recreation, the can’t deny the similar aesthetics to the Japanese gaming franchise and Errolson’s own designs, as well as Kojima’s own creation ‘Death Stranding’.
proposition that everyone is already a cyborg; contact lenses, a phone that’s basically external memory. Things you carry around on a day-to-day basis augment you in ways that a few decades ago were science fiction. You don’t have to graft a device onto your skeletal system to be a cyborg. Everybody is already a cybernetic organism because of how intimately electronics are implemented into our life.
Keep your eyes peeled on our blog for more news on Errolson Hugh and his work on the Shadow Project brand in anticipation of their 10th-anniversary release.
Introduction to the Stone Island Shadow Project Brand
Founded in 2008 as a collaboration between sportswear company owner and creative director Carlo Rivetti and the design team of Michaela Sachenbacher and Errolson Hugh, which is also known as ACRONYM. With their combined knowledge of technical fabrics, performance and design the result is a futuristic, urban fusion of must-buy pieces.
Stone Island Shadow Project use revolutionary treatments and textures with hi-tech research on advanced fibers, to gather together and create something luxury and unique. Providing comfort, style, and performance.
Using iconic pieces, they have been made over adding cutting edge fabrics and integrating them into sporty silhouettes. Using fabrics with an urban aesthetic like high definition jacquards, water-resistant jersey and nylon and also offering more elements such as extra zippers and pockets. The masculine collection still features iconic trends from Stone Island but with an added makeover of innovative fabrics.
The S/S 17 Stone Island Shadow Project is a 15-piece collection, a range of hoodies, jumpers, tees, shorts, jackets and shoes. Taking similar silhouettes from A/W16 but making fewer coats and more jumpers and summery pieces. It has a simple yet effective colour palate using dark hues with a hint of navy and coffee. They used fabrics such as 100% cotton, leather, polyester, a 3/1 twill with exceptional durability that has a melting threshold of 150C. Stone Island have also developed and applied a fallout colour treatment to the interior of each garment, resulting in a truly unique three- dimensional state. Jackets are fitted with gateway pocket function, for access to possible pockets of garments worn underneath and all garments are fitted with Stone Island Shadow Project badge on the left arm, or printed logo on the chest for t-shirts.
Italian brand Stone Island brings us their latest AW’16/17 Shadow Project collection. Known for their creativity and innovative form, the newest range from Shadow Project does not disappoint. Designed by Hugh Errolson and developed by Stone Island, the Stone Island Shadow Project collection boast a selection of sweaters, hoodies t-shirts, jumpers and outerwear. With the popular David TC jacket being reworked for the Autumn Winter 16/17 collection. The capsule range features dark earthy undertones, a simple aesthetic and technical detailing that Stone Island are famed for. With jackets constructed from a nylon monofilament, heat reactive fabrics and water repellant technology and the use of hidden pockets, jacket straps and drop pockets, the AW’ 16/17 range fuses functional elements with a versatile design for a contemporary finish.
The range boast a creative construction, pushing the boundaries of form and functionality. With the collection’s use of fabric manipulation and the signature dying process referencing Stone Island’s iconic heritage.
Another innovative piece from the experimental Stone Island Shadow Project has arrived for Spring Summer 2016. Resulting from years of fabric research, this unique jacket arrives under the Shadow Project banner, a discourse between the legendary Italian brand and the ACRONYM design team.
The garment dyeing procedure has gave the piece its rich colouration which works very well with the interwoven viscose / nylon fabric to bring out the patterned effect as the light bounces off it. Numerous pockets adorn the front of the jacket giving it a functional offering whilst a removable hood combats the harsher elements. An entirely black version of the iconic removable compass patch badge adorns the left arm which is only found on the Shadow Project pieces.
Priced at £595.00, this stunning jacket is available in very limited quantities now