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Stone Island: 5 Things You May Not Know

Known for their fiercely innovative approach and long list of refined fabrics, complex treatments and expert dyeing procedures, Stone Island are undoubtedly one of the most widely recognised and influential brands in modern day existence. Having permeated into sub-cultural movements around the globe the brand have spent the past 38 years putting out some of the most strikingly sought after garments in fashion history.

Many of us may think we know all there is to know about the Italian powerhouse’s history but, much like many of the iconic jackets they devise, there’s a lot more hiding beneath the surface that, dare we say, even the most die hard of Stone Island fan may be unaware of. So with that in mind and to test your knowledge on all things compass patch we thought we would compile a list of 5 things you may not know about  Stone Island.

 

Massimo Osti

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Stone Island Wasn’t Intentional

As many people may already know Stone Island was founded by non-other than the legendary designer Massimo Osti, but did you know that the brand was originally a diffusion line? Before laying the foundations of what we now know as the modern day Stone Island in 1982, Otsi was hard at work researching, manufacturing and engineering a selection of textiles and fibres to use in his various CP Company collections having established the brand 11 years prior.

During his experimentation Osti was inspired by the fabric which was used on the tarpaulin of military trucks, drawing from it as his source material to develop a two-tone, durable membrane that gave the now signature worn-in finish found on many of the brand’s garment to this day. Officially dubbed Tella Stella, despite struggles to align the heavyweight cotton with his CP endeavours, Osti knew he was onto something special, making the decision to instead piece together 7 individually crafted jackets that would become the first ever Stone Island branded collection.

 

Joseph Conrad

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Origins of the Stone Island

From the beginning Osti knew he needed a strong name and identity to regiment his latest creations under. The name Stone Island was actually derived from the novels of Ukrainian born writer Joseph Conrad. Delving into his novels they extracted the two most recurring words from his texts, ‘stone’ and ‘island’. There are also those that say it was named such due to their use of pumice stones during the washing process to break down the rigidity of fibres, such as the brand’s debut Tella Stella material, or to symbolise the brands’s close affiliation with the use of water during several stages of the fabrication process.

 

Stone Island Patches

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More Than Meets The Patch

The Stone Island patch is arguably one of the most iconic and easily distinguishable features of the brand. No matter how left-field and exploratory their fabrics, cuts or silhouettes get, a garment can easily be identified from a circular flash of black, green and yellow. Purposely made fully removable nature due to Osti’s fascination with the details of military pieces he found during his many visits to the flea markets of the ’70s. Officially named the wind rose, much like the name itself, it conjures up nautical themes and represents Stone Island’s never-ending pursuit of evolutionary endeavours.

Originally framed by a green border up until 2000, Stone Island make use of a number of subtle changes in appearance to differentiate their troupe. From the blacked out Shadow Project patch and monochromatic ghost patches to the scarcely seen mesh patches, one off anniversary patch and the white / black, ‘champagne’ patch that signifies limited pieces which utilise in-house fabrics.

 

Stone Island dyes

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Stone Island Colour Chemistry

Garment dyeing is no doubt the bread and butter of Stone Island’s masterful output so it should come as no surprise to hear that they have their own dedicated colour laboratory which focuses on researching new hues but different techniques in which they can be applied to finished pieces to best suit each fabrics unique properties and make up. Through hard-work and dedication they have currently created over 60,000 bespoke recipes a number that continues to grow season to season.

 

Stone Island Jacket

Stone Island’s Technical Fabrics

We’ve said it once but we will say it again Stone Island know their way around a fabric or two. With a strong functional and militaristic undercurrent to the majority of their output the brand have fashioned everything from thermo-sensitive garments which fluctuate in appearance based on the temperature – such as the ICE range – to garments coated with a stainless steel / bronze film and even, in the case of the Liquid Glass collection, jackets which employ thousands of glass microspheres to reflect light as the wearer moves. If that wasn’t enough the brand have also been know to implement some of the worlds toughest materials like Kevlar and Dyneema, create glow in the dark finishes and even combine polar opposites such as leather and aluminium into one creation.

So there we have it, let us know in the comments if you knew any already or if you have any fascinating Stone Island titbits that we missed. If you would like more information to satiate your Stone Island cravings check out our brand guide or you can shop our latest arrivals here.

Stone Island Neck Bag

Stone Island Reflective Weave Ripstop Shoulder Bag

In the thick of the menswear world, a Stone Island bag is somewhat seldom seen in comparison to that of the Italian label’s technically advanced apparel; usually consisting of outerwear, overshirts, sweats, tees and so on. So, when this rather idiosyncratic Stone Island shoulder bag turned up at our front door, needless to say, we were a bit taken aback.

Positively a head turner, the punchy orange design can be worn a multitude of ways, of course, all dependent on your own personal preference. But, no matter how you choose to wear the style, it will – without question – command attention in any setting. Its striking nature widely falls down to its high-octane fabrication, which, if we’re being real here, comes as no surprise when we’re talking about the Italian innovators at Stone Island. The brand is globally renowned for its experimental flair in this area, a principle this bag certainly knows all too well about.

Stone Island Shoulder Bag

Having been crafted from twisted cotton nylon ripstop and then woven with a thin reflective tape that’s arrived as the product of a resin bath incorporating thousands of glass microspheres, this shoulder bag has well and truly had the ‘Stone Island treatment’. After this stage, the item’s meticulous manufacturing process then reaches the garment dyeing phase, where its base is formulated with the label’s special colouring recipes – all while respecting its reflective areas.

Stone Island Shoulder Bag OrangeStone Island Harness Bag Orange

On the bag’s internal side, a mesh lining supports the need for breathability while also preventing any coarse friction on garments that are layered below. Two front pockets are fitted to the outer, with one imagined more inconspicuous than the other, joined by the brand’s synonymous compass patch placed on the lower half to complete.

Whether you’re heading into urban dimensions with this Stone Island bag or stashing it away for festival season, its emergency orange pigments, padded neck strap and buckle belts will have no problem drawing attention. A collector item for sure, that will only transcend in status as the years go by.

Stone Island Reflective Weave Ripstop TC Jacket

The Stone Island Reflective Weave Ripstop TC Jacket Has Arrived

Complete with the limited-edition white compass badge, Stone Island’s Reflective Weave TC Jacket is now available in-store and online

An illuminating silhouette from Carlo Rivetti’s casual-luxury label, the Stone Island Reflective Weave Ripstop TC jacket is set to outshine garments in abundance this season. Having arrived in-store earlier this week, the glowing-green design has already drawn in the crowds thanks to the brand’s limited-edition white compass badge sitting to its sleeve. Of course, any well-informed Stone Island aficionado will know that the rare emblem is symbolic of the label’s exclusive, in-house materials. So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at this special number.

Stone Island Reflective Weave Jacket

Crafted on home turf, the Italian-made design personifies the complex work of Stone Island’s expert production team. At the development stages, the style is cut from twisted cotton nylon ripstop fabric which then gets woven with a thin, highly reflective tape – obtained via a resin bath that embodies thousands of glass microspheres. From this point, the jacket is then dyed with Stone Island’s specialized colouring formulas which cover textile areas of the silhouette, while ensuring the reflective surface is not compromised.

In addition to this, the Reflective Weave piece is treated with an anti-drop agent, while internally, a Panno Jacquard lining takes design cues from woollen military blankets. Tonal and insulating, the detachable lining is finely crafted from a recycled wool blend and features Stone Island’s compass logo proudly imagined from jacquard processing.

Stone Island Panno Jacquard JacketStone Island White Compass Badge Jacket

With form firmly covered, function plays a big part of the jacket itself. A two-way zip closure and velcro storm flap ensure the garment grasps both versatility and security, while the incorporation of three handy pockets promise ample storage space.

Finally, the seldom-seen white compass patch works as a badge of honour for this Stone Island Reflective Weave design; celebrating the efforts of the label’s team, expertise, innovation and cutting-edge craftsmanship.

Stone Island Ripstop TC Green Jacket

Shop this stellar style in-store and online at Aphrodite now.

 

Stone Island Autumn/Winter 2019 Video

While here in Britain we’re just starting to gear up for the summer, Stone Island Autumn/Winter 2019 sees the brand looking to the future with their video presentation on their fantastic new collection.

 

Shot in the brand’s usual moody, industrial style, there’s a lot of excellent product packed into the video’s one and a half minutes. While the brand is no stranger to bold, bright shades concocted in their dyeing laboratories, the Stone Island AW19 collection takes this a step further with mix-and-match colour blocking. This is demonstrated perfectly in the second look in the video—a full outfit comprised of a mountaineering-inspired jacket and trousers. With all its elements dyed in different shades from yellow to navy to maroon, the combo boasts a highly layered and structured look that’s at once futuristic and retro, perfect for those who can’t decide which colour to wear on a morning.

Elsewhere we see a series of knits and sweats that are constructed with patchwork-style panelling, with each side of the piece displaying opposite colours and textures; garment-dyed nylon ripstop pieces in bold neon oranges and yellows; and an all-new utility boot silhouette with a striking, sculpted sole unit. And, for you monochrome fans, there’s a brief glimpse of the highly sought-after Ghost Piece collection for this season. It feels like we say this every season, but this Stone Island collection is one of the brand’s strongest to date, and proof—if proof were needed—that Carlo Rivetti’s team are at the top of their game.

There’s plenty more to sink your teeth into in the video itself, so check it out above, and keep your eyes locked on our social media channels for more Stone Island Autumn/Winter 2019 drops as they land.

Stone Island Brand Guide

Stone Island Brand Guide

The History of the Stone Island Brand

The Stone Island brand name has many different connotations for many different people; for some, it is inextricably linked with football culture, in particular the casual movement — either in a positive or a negative sense; for others, it has become associated with the grime music scene, and has extended its reach beyond the terraces and onto the streets. But first and foremost, that iconic Compass badge on your sleeve is a symbol of quality, innovation and style — the principles on which the brand as we know it was founded back in 1982.

Stone Island Spring Summer 1983

Stone Island Spring/Summer 1983 Catalogue

Stone Island owner Carlo Rivetti is from a family with long ties to the clothing industry. By the 1980s, though, he had grown restless within the world of formalwear and sought to diversify into something he found more appealing: sportswear. He and his sister established a firm — the creatively-named Sportswear Company — and scoured Italy looking for companies that shared their vision for innovative casual clothing, where they discovered (and promptly acquired) CP Company. Stone Island itself, however, was conceived almost by accident: Massimo Osti — founder and designer for CP Company, and household name for those in the know about technical sportswear — had conceived a new fabric dubbed Tela Stella, a heavyweight, oilskin-like material impregnated with different pigments on either side and was determined to make something out of it. He couldn’t find a way to make it fit within CP Company’s collection, however, and so decided to craft a small collection of just seven jackets. In keeping with the military and nautical inspiration behind the Tela Stella fabric, he chose a compass as the logo for his new diffusion line: Stone Island was born.

 

Stone Island and Streetwear: From the Terraces to the Streets

Moving forward from this inauspicious start, Osti pushed ahead with fabric innovation, endlessly researching new textiles and ways to implement them, coming up with often outlandish, off the wall fabrics that no-one else had even thought of: heat-reactive weaves; nylon fabric laminated with hundreds of glass beads to change the colour in different angles; earth-dyed, acid-corroded canvas. This over-the-top approach, along with the masculine, military styling of the brand’s offerings was a large part of ‘Stoney’s’ appeal to the football casual crowd: fans travelling abroad for away and international games were always on the lookout for new and exciting garments to bring home and show off. Stone Island, with the one-off and unique nature of a lot of Osti’s fabrics, fits perfectly into this culture of one-upmanship, and the brand’s popularity was cemented from then on.

Because of this association with the hyper-masculine world of football casuals, the brand’s enduring legacy has been as a symbol of manliness. In more recent years, it has been adopted by inner-city kids in the UK as a status symbol, and in turn, became associated with the grime music scene. Buoyed up by high-profile collaborations with streetwear giants Supreme and Nike, the brand’s appeal has diversified beyond connoisseurs and collectors, particularly across the Atlantic. Urban music superstars like Drake, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott have all embraced the ‘Stoney’ look of late, skyrocketing interest in a brand that was previously alien to those not living in Europe, and launching its appeal to a whole new generation of streetwear fans.

Stone Island Fabrics: Continuing Innovation

These days, far from being helmed by a single visionary like Massimo Osti or later designer Paul Harvey, Carlo Rivetti has assembled a team of designers to better embrace its newfound worldwide popularity and the diversity of its fanbase, stating “It [is] necessary to be multicultural in order to be truly contemporary … I felt that in this era it is this possible to face all aspects of a world only with several minds and several visions.”

Stone Island Heat Reactive Jacket Details

Stone Island Heat Reactive Jacket

This ethos has lead to the continuation of the innovation and research that Massimo Osti started all those years ago, and Stone Island holds its reputation for using unusual and technologically-advanced fabrics and finishes. Some recent examples:

  • Micro Reps: Stone Island Micro Reps is one of the brand’s staple fabric constructions. Classic nylon, the warp and weft fibres are of different thicknesses, allowing for a much tighter weave than traditional nylon fabric. This not only provides natural weather resistance but serves as the ideal base for the brand’s garment dyeing experiments.
  • Nylon Metal: We’ve written about this one before: nylon fibres with an irregular structure are woven as grey weft and white, ready to dye warp threads, and undergo an elaborate double-dyeing process to produce a fabric that has an iridescent sheen in different lighting conditions. This can produce a subtle three-dimensional effect, or be used with bright, contrasting colours to provide some pretty wild results.
  • Tank Shield: Crafted from matte polyester fabric, the whole jacket is first assembled and then internally laminated with overlapping panels of a weatherproof, breathable membrane, giving superior weather resistance and a near-seamless look.
  • Heat Reactive: A highly limited capsule, the Stone Island Heat Reactive jacket from SS19 was a cotton ripstop construction, printed all over with a three-colour fractal camo design in a heat reactive pigment. As the wearer’s body heat warmed the fabric, the pattern became brighter and more prominent, also revealing a large Stone Island logo to the back.

This is just a tiny fraction of the scope of the brand’s vision: the brand’s own historical archive consists of over 7000 pieces, while their research archive is larger still, at over 40,000 items of vintage sportswear and militaria.

Stone Island BadgesStone Island Badge

Aside from the high-end fabrics and construction, perhaps the most important element of a Stone Island product is the removable badge, normally found on the left side of the garment, with the Marina collection breaking the mould and not featuring the badge at all, instead opting for bold text printing.  There are a number of different versions of the badge which denote different aspects of the brand. The standard, most commonly recognised badge is the yellow and green compass rose badge (above left). Despite switching from a green border to a black one, the classic badge has remained unchanged since the brand’s inception and is a tribute to both the military inspiration of the brand and the sense of adventure and exploration driving Osti’s research.

There are a number of monochromatic badges (above centre) that were originally used for what the brand dubbed Ghost Pieces: with fully tonal designs in a variety of colours, including black, red and white, they were conceived as a kind of modern camouflage, allowing the wearer to blend in while still keeping the unmistakeable Stone Island aesthetic. More recently, the tonal black badge has been used to denote pieces from the Shadow Project diffusion line: combining Stone Island’s technical fabric expertise with directional, futuristic designs from ACRONYM’s Errolson Hugh.

The White Compass badge (above right) is seen on limited edition pieces, often known as ‘Champagne Pieces’ because of the colour of the badge. These jackets often use even more innovative fabrics and construction that can only be created in small quantities, and are often at a higher price point to the normal line, due to the limited nature of their production. Of course, the flip side of this limited aspect is that the pieces become collector’s items in years to come, holding their value for a lot longer than others, if not increasing it.

Celebrities Wearing Stone Island

Drake Wearing Stone Island with Carlo Rivetti

Drake with Stone Island owner Carlo Rivetti

The Weeknd Wearing Stone Island

The Weeknd in Supreme x Stone Island

As mentioned above, Stone Island has been spotted on more and more celebrities recently. One of the more high-profile representatives of the brand has been music superstar Drake, who seems to wear the brand almost exclusively these days, even going so far as to have custom pieces made for his Boy Meets World tour. Drizzy is joined in his love for Stoney by fellow Canadian star The Weeknd, who was recently spotted wearing pieces from the Supreme x Stone Island collaboration (for extra streetwear kudos), as well as rap mainstays Kanye West and Travis Scott.

Jason Statham Wearing Stone Island

Jason Statham in Stone Island

 

 

 

 

Back over in Blighty, grime artists are often spotted sporting the Compass, including Tinie Tempah and Skepta, while Hollywood hardman Jason Statham is another of the brand’s high profile fans.

 

 

 

 

Stone Island Headquarters Tour Video

In this unique video, Carlo Rivetti opens the door to the Stone Island empire and allows the public a sneak peek at the research and experimentation that goes on behind the scenes.  It offers a fascinating glance into how the brand operates behind closed doors.


 

 

Stone Island Crinkle Reps Orange

Stone Island Crinkle Reps Down Jacket Returns for AW_019

It goes without saying that Stone Island know their way around a jacket; Carlo Rivetti and his talented team of designers, engineers and artists create outerwear like no other. As nice as the summertime is, now that the stock for Stone Island Autumn/Winter is starting to trickle in tantalisingly slowly, we can start to look forward to ‘proper coat weather’. A staple of the brand’s collections, the Stone Island Crinkle Reps Nylon Down Jacket returns this season in a bold and beautiful orange shade.

Stone Island Orange Jacket 01

As with most of the brand’s signature fabrics, the Crinkle Reps goes through a host of processes to give it not only a deep, rich colour, but also a distinctive handle and visual texture. The raw fabric, a high-quality nylon, is tightly woven for a smooth, uniform texture. The nylon is coated on the reverse side with a polyurethane resin, which adds mild weather resistance. The fabric is then subjected to a garment-dyeing process using one of Stone Island’s custom dye formulas. The high heat and pressure of the process changes the texture of the fabric, and means that the dye penetrates the fibres unevenly. This results in a crinkled, three-dimensional appearance with an amazing depth of colour. This orange colour is echoed throughout Stone Island’s upcoming collection in sweatshirts, hoodies and other pieces.

Stone Island Crinkle Reps Nylon Down Jacket Orange

After all that science, the designers take over, fashioning the fabric into the stunning jacket you see here. It features thick, down-injected baffles for exceptional warmth, but remains lightweight enough for daily use. It also boasts a host of classic Stone Island flourishes: two-way zips; military style nylon webbing trims; and an articulated hood that ensures you’ll look just as good with it up or down. And, of course, the jacket is finished with the all-important Compass Badge to the left sleeve.

It’s an incredible teaser for the upcoming season, and is sure to whet your appetite for what’s to come. Pick up your Stone Island Crinkle Reps Down Jacket today, and keep your eyes on our social media feeds for more from Stone Island AW19 as it arrives.

Moncler Polo Shirt

9 of the Best … Polo Shirts

While it sometimes feels like the polo shirt has been around forever, it’s less than a hundred years old. Ever since its invention by tennis legend Renée Lacoste in the 1920s, men all over the world have adopted and adapted the polo shirt as part of a casual wardrobe. Its lightweight feel and construction lends itself to a huge variety of looks, and the wide variety of polo shirts on offer ensures that there’s a perfect version for everyone.

Here at Aphrodite we have a huge selection of men’s designer polo shirts. But sometimes too much choice is a bad thing, so we’re here to help with our selection of the 9 best polo shirts for men this summer. Whether you’re looking for a luxury take for those special nights out, a bold option for everyday layering, or a non-traditional take from one of our top brands, you’ll find some great ideas in our selection below.

Polo Shirts Over £100

Moncler Arm Logo Grey Polo

Moncler Arm Logo Polo Shirt

While known for their highly luxurious, down-filled jackets, Moncler always has a top-notch polo or two in their seasonal lineup. For Spring/Summer 2019, the standout piece is this version, which boasts striped detailing to the cuffs, along with jacquard-woven text branding to the left arm and, of course, the all-important Moncler felt logo to the chest for that iconic finish.

Stone Island Yellow Polo Shirt

Stone Island Tipped Collar Polo Shirt

A perennial fixture of Stone Island‘s lineup, the polo shirt appears this season in this summer-ready washed lemon colour. Nodding to classic versions with twin-tipped detailing to the collar, and improving on the formula with engineered shoulders for exceptional comfort, the finishing touch comes with an embroidered square logo to the chest.

Ralph Lauren Navy Polo Shirt

Ralph Lauren All-Over Logo Polo Shirt

From the brand that brought the polo shirt from the sports field into the fashion sphere, this version replicates the iconic Polo logo across the full body of the shirt. A nod to the preppy classic ‘critter’ garments, which also boasted all-over embroidery, this polo is ideal for wearing solo with shorts for that elusive collegiate vibe.

Polo Shirts Under £100

CP Company Blue Polo Shirt

CP Company Garment Dyed Polo Shirt

Bringing their signature garment-dyeing techniques to this most classic of garments, CP Company present their take on the polo shirt. Coming in a wide range of colours, we’ve selected this slightly washed-out blue that would look the business relaxing on a yacht in the French Riviera, perhaps — or, more likely, your favourite beer garden.

Maison Kitsune Polo Shirt

Maison Kitsune Fox Logo Polo Shirt

One of the newest brands in our lineup, Maison Kitsune tap into the polo’s Gallic origins perhaps better than anyone else. Crafted in Portugal from a fine cotton piqué fabric, the cut and quality are both spot on. But the real selling point is that fantastic tricolour fox logo embroidered to the chest.

Fred Perry Twin Tipped Polo Shirt in Mint Green

Fred Perry Twin Tipped Polo Shirt

One of the most iconic polo shirts in the business, the Fred Perry polo shirt requires no introduction. This season the heritage brand has unleashed a brace of polos in the kind of sun-drenched colours that are begging to be worn all summer long. The signature Laurel Wreath embroidery to the chest is the icing on a particularly summery cake.

Alternative Polo Shirt Picks

Paul Smith Knitted Polo Shirt Aubergine

Paul Smith Knitted Shirt Aubergine

While the polo shirt is already one of the best casual garments for warmer-weather wear, Paul Smith really ups the classic factor with this knitted version. The knitted polo has a storied history with some of the world’s most iconic snappy dressers — think the likes of Steve McQueen or John F Kennedy — and Paul Smith has nailed that vibe perfectly.

Y3 Classic Polo Shirt Black

Y-3 Classic Polo Shirt

If your tastes skew more towards the dark and urban, Y-3 have the polo for you. While the polo shirt isn’t necessarily part of the streetwear canon, Y-3 have really made it work with their version. Boasting a looser cut and heavier fabric than the norm, this polo would fit perfectly with an all-black ensemble and your latest sneaker purchase.

Oliver Spencer Dunmore Polo Shirt Lilac

Oliver Spencer Dunmore Polo Shirt

London-based tailor-turned-designer Oliver Spencer has made a name for himself with his use of custom-crafted jersey fabrics, so it follows that his namesake brand would provide us with some excellent polo options. This version comes in a super-soft striped jersey fabric and boasts a rugby inspired collar along with a chest pocket for a subtle yet unexpected upgrade.

Find all these designer polo shirts along with many more choices in-store and online at Aphrodite today.

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket: An In Depth Look

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.

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Photo Credit: Stone Island

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.

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

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.

Stone Island

New Arrivals: February Top Picks

We’re up to our eyeballs in hot off the press Spring Summer gear and surprise, Surprise It’s all exceptionally nice. Whether AMI’s your thing, you have a sweet spot for a good pair of trainers or you just can’t contain yourself at the sight of a compass patch, if you want it, we’ve more than likely got it. So, in the spirit of fairness, we thought we’d bring you a comprehensive list of some of the pulse-raising clobber you can currently get your hands on as well as some of the stuff that’s soon to be up for grabs. 

Albam Zip sweatshirts 

This new iteration of the classic Albam zip-up sweatshirt certainly stole some looks when it came through our doors. Made from their quality signature cotton loopback in both a navy and ecru colourway, it features panelling to the elbows, a handy front kangaroo pouch and elasticated cuffs for a better fit. Not only that, but thanks to it’s half-zip, funnel neck combination it provides some interesting layering options. Wear it under a lightweight coat, pair it with a nice button up shirt or wear them both on top of one another, you can’t really go wrong when you’re wearing a sweat this nice. 

Albam Sweatshirt in Navy

CP Company Jackets 

Who doesn’t love a jacket with loads of zips and pockets? No one that’s who and these CP Company jackets are exactly why. Made from the brand’s unique multifilament nylon that’s undergone the mystical CP garment dyeing process it features a 4-pocket utilitarian design that’s perfect for keeping personal possessions and old bus tickets safe. Lightweight, breathable, water resistant and available in both a red and blue you can find the iconic goggles to the hood and both a half-zip and full-zip entry options. If someone asked you to sum up CP Company in jacket form this is more than likely what you’d come up with.

CP Company Jacket in Red
Oliver Spencer Trousers 

What can we say about these trousers from Oliver Spencer? Well, for starters they have a relaxed casual fit with a slight taper and cropped length that’s perfect for contemporary styling. On top of that, they also come made from a mid-weight cotton that not only lends itself perfectly to the earthy olive colourway but embeds the trousers with some robust, long-lasting qualities. Finished with the addition of a side patch pocket to one leg for some workwearesque details they will be available very soon so keep eyes peeled and fingers at the ready.

Oliver Spencer Trousers Olive

APC Job Trousers 

Another of our favourites when it comes to things you wear on your legs. Aptly named the job trousers this latest offering from APC continues on the workwear theme boasting a straight cut, patch pockets to the sides and a trusty hammer loop. Made from a soft, lightweight Italian cotton drill the true star of the show here is undeniably the visually pleasing striped pattern embedded from seam to seam. If you’re looking to impress the gaffa these are the trousers to do it. Coming very soon along with a matching, similarly delightful overshirt. 

APC Job Trousers

AMI Rugby Sweatshirt

Next on our ones to look out for list is this corker from AMI. Featuring a number of modern shakeups to the classic scrum-ready formula including a bold stitched panel striped design, a super boxy cut and contrast AMI logo proudly to the chest it promises to be a firm favourite no matter your sporting preference. 

AMI Rugby Sweatshirt Black and White

Stone Island Overshirt

Not only does the distinct colour of this Stone Island overshirt remind us of a fresh lemon sorbet but it arguably presents just about the same melt in the mouth qualities. Made from a brushed cotton canvas that’s garment-dyed using the OLD effect, that Stone Island describes to us mere mortals as providing a vintage-inspired worn-in look, the overshirt comes with a zip and patch chest pocket as well as a removable sleeve compass patch. 

Stone Island Overshirt Yellow

Stone Island Overshirt Ghost Piece

Continuing on the Stone Island theme this monochromatic beauty certainly caught our attention. Part of the Stone Island Ghost Piece Capsule it’s made from a cotton and nylon blend and comes complete with two front patch pockets with side entry compartments as well as ribbed cuffs for a better fit. Designed in an over the head style the overshirt is finished with an adjustable clasp drawstring hood and the all important tonal removable compass patch to the arm.

Norse Projects T-Shirt 

Raising the bar when it comes to things you can do with cotton Norse Projects present the latest reimagining of their wardrobe staple Niels t-shirt. Using a heavily textured towelling for multi-sensory appeal, the t-shirt retains the same levels of minimalism expected from Norse with a ribbed neck and subtly branded patch to the seam. Available now in a muted ecru and deep olive.

Norse Projects Neils T-Shirt Ecru and Olive

New Balance 991

A favourite among sneakerheads, dads and fashion-forward individuals alike the New Balance 991 has been given a luxurious update ready for when the weather heats up. With breathable mesh uppers and premium suede overlaid panelling, the trainer sits atop the signature ‘motion flow’ sole unit with visible Abzorb foam and reflective gold detailing.  The best of both worlds when it comes to functional comfort and aesthetically pleasing design.

New Balance M991

Ten C Tempest Anorak

Drawing inspiration from typical military wear the Tempest anorak from Ten C is your new best friend when it comes to dealing with the unpredictable trans-seasonal weather. Engineered from a spring-weight nylon fabric that not only posses an exceptionally soft feel but intrinsic water repellant properties, the jacket is finished with large two-way entry pockets, a number of reflective details, including the brand’s rosette logo to the sleeve, and a multi lace adjustable hood, utility garment lovers rejoice!

Ten C Tempest Anorak