Last night I attended a viewing of the 2012 S/S collections for these four RTW brands, all of which are Italian brands with the exception of Cabourn.
Duvetica. I really liked their windbreakers in ultralight technical fabrics lined in chambray. Not an ordinary windbreaker but with extra attention paid to certain detailing such as the zippers and the dyeing process. Available through Saks in the US.
C.P. Company. I looked at their military and nautical lines and saw a terrific moss green 4 pocket barn jacket (the Campionario model). The company is also collaborating with Jaeger-LeCoultre to produce a modified goggle jacket featuring a translucent panel above the wrist area specifically designed for the JLC Reverso watch. I also learned that the owner of CP maintains an archive of 40,000 pieces from their collections since the early 70s and elsewhere. My idea of a mini-vacation would be to spend a day or two perusing that archive.
Boglioli. Very appealing spring/summer jackets with the familiar Neapolitan-inspired construction such as manica camicia shoulders and unlined interiors. They also had a nice line of loose-weave scarves. Available through Barney's in New York.
Nigel Cabourn. I profiled Cabourn in an earlier blogpost. As usual, he has come up with one of a kind pieces. These include: a light green 4 button Tenzing cotton jacket, a dipped wax nylon windbreaker with a "wet" hand (kind of the Super 150s version of the usual waxed cotton variety), a collaboration with German knitted jersey specialists Merz bei Schwanen and their Mackintosh collaboration. Available through Barney's and Opening Ceremony in New York.
I should also mention the featured band - Class Actress. If you love electronic pop and/or 80s music, check them out on iTunes (Terminally Chill and Keep You are my favorite tracks). Thanks to Leslie and Brittany for inviting and walking me through the collections.