Ermenegildo Zegna Alpaca Blend Jacket
52 IT / 42 US / Large
Softer than soft ; Alpaca blend jacket left unconstructed for even more lightness. This style is instantly recognizable by connoisseurs; notch lapels, milanese buttonhole, soft shoulders and rounded pattern below the profile of the jacket which accentuates a slim waist. Discover the elaborated sartorial details below.
By the time a Ermenegildo Zegna garment ends up hanging in an enthusiasts wardrobe, more than 500 hands will have touched it. They start their work by shearing the wool, weaving it, bundling it, dyeing it, knitting it, ironing it, cutting it, sewing it, ironing it again (and again). In Trivero, Piedmont, Zegna turns wool into cloth, and then sends it to the artisanal suit factory at Stabio, on the Swiss side of the Italian border, where the cloth becomes a tailored garment. What is thought to be simple is actually difficult, and what is thought to be done by machine is basically done by people, at a sophisticated level.
Composition: 43% Alpaca / 42% Wool / 13% Polyamide / 2% Cashmere
Pattern: Glen plaid
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Full Canvas Construction
A sartorial jacket - or coat - needs an interlining that will help give it shape and mold it. Canvas gives the item a tailored and crafted look. In short, it breathes life into it. Purely technical, canvas is made from either horsehair, wool, mohair or camel hair. It could also be a mix of them all, with varying thickness and weight. The canvas is stitched to the jacket, often by hand, thus making the canvas pieces 'floating' in the middle of the inner and outer cloth. This gives the jacket added flexibility. The canvas runs from the upper parts, all the way down to the end of the jacket. After you wear your canvassed suit for a while, it will begin to take your shape and look incredibly natural.
Soft Shoulders, or lightly padded shoulder construction, gives a softer, more casual silhouette to a tailored jacket. Soft shoulders have little padding and follow the contour of the individual’s shoulder to accentuate the wearer’s natural features.
Handmade buttonholes are made using a chain of knotted loops called purl stitches that make them strong and visually distinctive. It takes about five seconds to sew a regular buttonhole with a machine – a single handmade buttonhole takes about 10 minutes to sew.
The jacket has a two-button closure which keeps the profile neat.
Barchetta Chest Pocket
The barchetta pocket is often thought to be a tailoring detail exclusively from Italy. The word “barchetta” is Italian for “little boat.” It describes how the pocket floats on the chest, gently angled upwards, like the bow of a sailboat.
The tailors adds two darts - think of them as pinched seams - to ensure the jacket’s body achieves a slim silhouette. The process, called mezzo punto riprese, is done entirely by hand.
Kissing Buttons and Handmade Buttonholes
Also known as stacked buttons or waterfall buttons, kissing buttons are associated with Italian tailoring as Italian tailors make their jacket sleeve buttons in the kissing style. In this style, buttons touch each other and overlap one another. Handmade buttonholes; Even this step, apparently the simplest, is treated with an abundance of detail. Attaching the buttons is a job that requires patience and must be completed to perfection.
Patch pockets, with their rugged functionality, were unsurprisingly adopted by the military for both shirts and jackets.