1ST PAT-RN SS16 Pitti Preview
Having a chance to stop by 1st PAT-RN is always a pleasure during my walkabout around Pitti. The human aspect that the event presents, has allowed me to build strong relations with people I admire, to the point where they are no longer just the designers of that particular brand, but true friends as well. This is just the case with Alessio, Cristiano and Silvia, the creative trio behind 1st PAT-RN. Our shared enthusiasm by the reshaping of vintage and Ivy garments and the military universe brought us together 3 years ago and hopefully, for years to come.
The unique mix of inspirations on which the trio works is now highlighted by distinct lines: the timeless preppy inspired International Trad, the Italian and European Workwear and finally the military grade Fatigue Garments. This unlikely combination results in a merging of influences that seamlessly blend the boundaries between Ivy League and workwear, in a way that combines aesthetic with functionality. In fact, this practical nature of Ivy style where particular garments served different purposes or occasions, is remarkably portrayed in 1st PAT-RN’s approach to its creations. A striking example is their take on the traditional 2 button blazer made from a trademark knit twill, an interpretation that conveys the blazer as an everyday, go-to jacket.
For SS16, the brand established a series of ongoing models and lines, set to maintain a continuity throughout collections, with subtle changes to pattern, trimmings, color and fabrics. Regarding the latter, the “Hopsack di Maglia” is a debut, while the use of raw and over-dyed selvedge indigo denim makes a comeback. As usual, the color palette is limited to the authentic shades used in the original garments, presenting a carefully curated selection of navy, off-white, olive, beige and steel grey. Last but not least, the buttons are made from real horn, bone and corozo, with a special brass version produced in the same suppliers of the Italian navy.
Ph: Beyond Fabric