Ferla - jacket with an Italian heart
To follow up the blog entry showcasing the spring-summer collection in the PreLookbook form, we've decided to stop for a moment and show you our newest PoW "Ferla" jacket a bit more closely. What makes it unique? And what about the name? How to pair it? We'll answer all those and additional questions in today's entry.
Let's start with the fabric. "Ferla" is woven using four main fibres; 43% linen, 21% silk, 21% wool and 15% cotton. Linen lends it the rougher texture and ensures the airy feel, crucial in summer jacketing. Silk ensures the rich texture of the jacket, and provides the unique thicker-looking fibres. Wool - the ever present classic, gives the fabric elasticity and heft, while cotton, similar to linen, gives the fabric a more casual texture and look.
The most remarkable aspect of ferla however, are the colours, inspired by the summer palette. The off-white hue works perfectly with the warn tone of brown and sky-blue and ensures the italian character of the jacket, worthy of the region it was weaved in. All of the above coupled with the british Prince of Wales check, makes the jacket a light and versatile piece of clothing.
The mediterrenan character can also be found in the details, such as the unlined light construction or the unpadded shoulders - chilled out casual to the extreme. Complimenting all that, notched, wide (9,5cm) lapels and patch pockets, ensure the casual tone of the jacket, with which no small amount of dandies might fall in love with!
What to pair it with? The answer is remarkably simple - the best thing would be Ferrari Testarossa with the V12 engine. However if you don't have one yet, you can freely use all of the pastel-toned trousers and jeans.
In this case, our fauvorite is a pair of wool, petrol coloured trousers, petrol being a muted shade of blue. It's not an another reference for gearheads - they just pair very well! High rise, turn-ups, single pleats, side adjusters, all that makes for a nicely sartorial piece of trousers, likely to be sported often by stylish Italians. Paired with a simple, bright shirt, like the cutaway collar you can find on our website. Sporting shirred shoulders and a nicely spread cutaway collar, it will do great when paired with suede footwear and an Ancient Madder tie.
Now, let's focus on the name for a moment. "Ferla" is a renowned italian fabric mill. The name comes from the company's founder, Egidio Ferla. The history of the mill is a long one indeed, reaching far into the XIX century, based in the well-known Biella region, the capital of the best wool fabrics. It was situated in a building neighbouring with the "Wheel Factory" - also a mill, currently a museum, in which one can view the histories and machines used for creating said quality fabrics throughout the decades.
Lanificio Egidio Ferla SPA can boast 110 years of uninterrupted production of the best quality fabrics and very specific materials such as Baby Alpaca. That fibre, being an alternative to cashmere, is Ferla's specialty. It is an incredibly rare wool, produced in Peru, acquired only through the first shearing of the young alpaca. Baby Alpaca wool constitutes only 1,5% of the entire alpaca wool production. In ancient times, it was worn only by the Inca royal family - it is a must have for those who love a fabric with a long history.
The Ferla mill employs 40 qualified personnel and procures 400 samples in process of selecting exclusively the best variants of the produced fabric, in different colour versions. Of those 400, only 25-30 make it to the final offer.
Finishing the entry off, it was our idea to create a unique jacket for our customers - not too flamboyant, versatile, able to be worn with both jeans and high-rise trousers. We managed to incorporate our idea of clothing into this jacket very well, that being the timeless classic but framed in modern, slightly non-mainstream trends.
An offer with an italian heart for the upcoming summer. We hope it will take a special place in your wardrobes.