Ermenegildo Zegna Launches XXX Capsule in the U.S.

TRIPLE X: Ermenegildo Zegna has teamed with Farfetch to launch its Ermenegildo Zegna XXX capsule collection in the U.S.
Designed by the brand’s creative director Alessandro Sartori to “match the identity of society’s boldest and most visionary members,” the capsule breaks the boundaries between streetwear and tailoring to offer a wardrobe of urban pieces, combining a contemporary, metropolitan look with sartorial quality. Ermenegildo Zegna officially kicked off its XXX project this year.
Retailing from $ 375 to $ 2,450, the Ermenegildo Zegna XXX capsule collection includes graphic windbreakers, bombers, T-shirts, sweatshirts, knits, as well as accessories such as fanny packs, pouches, basketball caps and hand-stitched sneakers, all embellished with the lineup’s signature XXX pattern.
Dedicated to the U.S. market, this capsule will be exclusively on sale on Farfetch beginning Monday.

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Ermenegildo Zegna Group Profits Climb 64% in 2017

MILAN – A new brand strategy and a turnaround in markets including China, the Russian Federation, Macau, Singapore and Japan helped the Ermenegildo Zegna Group post a 64 percent jump in net profits last year. In the 12 months ended Dec. 31, earnings rose to 32.8 million euros, compared with 20 million euros in 2016.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization climbed 13.6 percent to 142 million euros, compared with 125 million euros, in the previous year.
Revenues increased  2.3 percent to 1.18 billion euros, compared with 1.15 billion euros in 2016.  At constant exchange, sales gained 4.5 percent.
“The positive results of 2017 are the outcome of many factors which have interacted nicely thanks to the brand strategy that was inaugurated with the arrival of Alessandro Sartori as artistic director,” said Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the family-owned group. “The success of the collections, the development of capsules able to integrate the offer of seasonal collections, and the intensification of marketing initiatives starting with communication campaigns that support storytelling linked to our products and events have allowed Zegna to participate in the recovery that is characterizing the global markets. Thanks to the omnichannel, or the integration between physical and virtual channels, we have not

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Ermenegildo Zegna Exhibit Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Brand’s Entry in RTW

MILAN — Who knew the Ermenegildo Zegna Group produced Emilio Pucci’s first men’s wear collection in 1968? And who knew Anna Zegna, president of Fondazione Zegna, worked with Gianni Versace on the designer’s first men’s collection in 1978?
These are only two of the surprising discoveries made during a preview tour of the exhibition “Uomini all’Italiana [Men Italian Style] 1968” staged at Casa Zegna, near the brand’s storied wool mill in Trivero, a one and a half hour drive from Milan. The exhibit, organized by Fondazione Zegna, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ermenegildo Zegna’s entry into ready-to-wear and runs May 6 to Oct. 28. “These years were the beginning of the Italian fashion system and lifestyle,” said Anna Zegna. “Women’s wear was more established, while men’s wear was starting at that time.”
 

The Emilio Pucci jacket produced by Ermenegildo Zegna. 
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The exhibit also pays tribute to the namesake founder of the company, and to his sons, Angelo and Aldo. Ermenegildo Zegna first traveled to New York in 1938 to set up a branch, the Ermenegildo Zegna Corp., to meet Italian tailors, to work on direct distribution and “to fight the supremacy of English fabrics,” as claimed by a number of photos, ads and correspondence on

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Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Men’s Fall 2018

The show space was striking: a snowy runway set by Swiss artist Thomas Flechtner in a Brutalist university faculty building in Milan’s Université Bocconi designed by Grafton Architects.
But the collection’s strength was in the detail and the process, with Alessandro Sartori plucking from the “natural reserves” of Oasi Zegna, the family’s natural park in northern Italy, to expand the definition of luxury.
“One of [Flechtner’s] works is exactly about a modern vision of snow landscapes….This idea of presenting a juxtaposition of craft and technical, handmade and sharp in a Brutalist architecture to me is the same type of philosophy,” said the designer during a preview of the collection.
A new fabric — Oasi Cashmere — came dipped in natural dyes made from flowers, herbs, wood, leaves and roots, developed by Lanificio Zegna over 12 years and using an entirely chemical-free process involving a multilayer deep dyeing process. A small revolution, producing even fluorescent and black tones. (It ain’t called couture for nothing.)
Experimental fabrics — courtesy of Bonotto SpA, the high-end textile manufacturer that Ermenegildo Zegna Group acquired last year — included a matte cotton and wool-blend corduroy used for jackets, and a new woven leather fabric best showcased on a tennis-bag-style, single-strap backpack.
The innovation

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Jamie Campbell Bower Says He is Half Actor, Half Musician at Ermenegildo Zegna Show

HALF-AND-HALF: Ahead of the Ermenegildo Zegna show, Jamie Campbell Bower discussed his role as Christopher Marlowe in the upcoming “Will” series on TNT that’s based on William Shakespeare’s life and debuts next month. The actor said that clearly, as a London-born actor, “Shakespeare played an important part” in his life and that the series offered the opportunity to “delve more into Marlowe’s work and history.” And the takeaway? “He was a naughty boy,” laughed Campbell Bower. The actor is also a musician and will be touring through Europe this summer. “I spend equal time on acting and music. I don’t have much of social time, but who needs it?”

Jamie Campbell Bower at the Ermenegildo Zegna show 
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Johannes Huebl is no stranger to fashion as a model, having worked with Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo on content and campaigns, as well as attending shows, often with his wife Olivia Palermo. Asked about the increasing number of coed shows, he said he was “not opposed” to the concept, and he also shared his views on the see-now-buy-now format. “It’s the future, and as a consumer, I appreciate it, but let’s see how it evolves.”

Johannes

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L.A. Dance Project Partners With Ermenegildo Zegna Couture for Marfa Performances

ZEGNA SUITS UP DANCERS: L.A. Dance Project’s founder and artistic director Benjamin Millepied used his artistic vision to help dancers make an impression at Marfa.
For the troupe’s “Marfa Dance Episodes” last weekend in Marfa, Tex., all of the dancers wore Ermenegildo Zegna Couture custom-designed looks by artistic director Alessandro Sartori. He flew in for the performances, which were hosted by the Donald Judd-started Chinati Foundation and featured a series of live-streamed events, which were inspired by Chinati’s art collection.
The collaboration for the dancers’ fluid wardrobes stemmed from Sartori’s interest in the arts and his eagerness to partner with his friend Millepied. The duo decided to go with lightweight fabrics in a range of muted colors such as concrete gray, white, indigo blue and camel. To help keep the dancers in motion, they wore exclusive blends of silk and jersey that were meant to relay modern design. During his tenure with the LADP, Millepied has called in a range of talent for select projects including John Baldessari and Christian Lacroix for new sets, and Karl Lagerfeld, Gareth Pugh, Mary Katrantzou and Iris Van Herpen for new costumes.
The Paris Opera’s director of dance at one time, Millepied is a movie director who

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Ermenegildo Zegna Adds Games, Tech to Accessories Range

TOYZ ‘R’ US: Men want to have fun, too.
The Ermenegildo Zegna Group took the opportunity to launch a new collection of men’s accessories, games and home products during the international design and furniture trade show Salone del Mobile. Called Zegna’s Toyz, the items, which range from a domino set to a backpack, are made in Pelle Tessuta, an innovative woven napa made from extremely thin strips of micro-leather in place of fabric yarns. “Leather is treated as fabric,” explained artistic director Alessandro Sartori. Pelle Tessuta is woven on special looms, replicating the traditional way of weaving cloth, making it extremely light and versatile. “Feel how soft it is,” said chief executive officer Gildo Zegna. “Would you say it’s leather?”
Zegna’s Toyz will be available in the fall as part of a special holiday gift project in major Ermenegildo Zegna stores globally.
The collection is divided into Essential, including a valet box, a business card case and a sunglasses case; Toys, which includes a domino set, a playing card set and a game cube, and Technological, a selection of multimedia accessories, such as headphones, earphones and speakers, created in collaboration with audio brand Master & Dynamic.
Completing the Zegna’s Toyz collection is a bag, designed and created with

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Ermenegildo Zegna Profitability, Sales Dented in 2016; CEO Sees Growth in 2017

MILAN — Putting 2016 down as “a transitional” year, Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, is banking on a new brand strategy, the company’s newly reorganized structure and a rebound in China and Europe to boost business in 2017.
“I am confident we will grow again this year; we started off on the right foot,” said Zegna in a phone interview ahead of boarding a plane for Dubai to join artistic director Alessandro Sartori on a number of personal appearances in the region. “One-on-one relations are fundamental, Alex is almost like a personal stylist in some cases,” said Zegna.
While 2017 looks promising, results last year were hit by extraordinary costs and write-offs, as well as lackluster sales in the group’s main markets.
In 2016, Zegna’s net profit fell 55.5 percent to 20 million euros, or $ 22 million, from 45 million euros, or $ 49.9 million, in 2015.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization dropped 14.3 percent to 125 million euros, or $ 137.5 million, from 146 million euros, or $ 162 million, the previous year.
Revenues decreased 8.2 percent to 1.15 billion euros, or $ 1.26 billion, compared with 1.26 billion euros, or $ 1.4 billion, in 2015. At constant exchange, sales were down

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Ermenegildo Zegna Introduces Bespoke Service and Atelier

MILAN — “This is a dream come true.” Describing the launch of Ermenegildo Zegna’s first bespoke service, an upbeat Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the family-owned company, said he had been mulling the idea of the project for years. Working with artistic director Alessandro Sartori allowed the brand to finally turn the concept into reality.
The service is offered out of an atelier in a historical palazzo in Milan on central Via Bigli, with a separate entrance that ensures privacy, but that is also connected to the men’s wear brand’s Via Montenapoleone flagship. “This is the ideal venue,” said Zegna on Tuesday, opening the doors of the sophisticated location, which covers 1,155 square feet, and is decorated with a Pietro Russo console; armchairs and a large wooden table by Ignazio Gardella; a metal armoire by Massimiliano Locatelli; lamps by Fontana Arte, and a rug inspired by Giò Ponti. Geometric decors pay homage to the storied Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan and the interiors hark back to the Fifties.
Six tailors work at the atelier, but they are set to travel around the world by appointment.
“Fashion runs too quickly now, propelled by a digital push,” said Zegna. “We must go back to the times when going

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How Ermenegildo Zegna Is Revving Up

The brand has long been a bastion of traditional men’s tailoring. With designer Alessandro Sartori now at the wheel, it plans to speed toward the future.
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Ermenegildo Zegna Launches Short Film, Communication Campaign With Robert De Niro and McCaul Lombardi

 MILAN — Ermenegildo Zegna is shifting gears and investing in a new communication campaign heavily hinged on digital and dubbed “Defining Moments,” pairing Roberto De Niro with McCaul Lombardi.
This confirms a WWD report in November. A private dinner will be held in New York tonight to celebrate the project.
An exclusive interview with chief executive officer Gildo Zegna and artistic director Alessandro Sartori together at the company’s headquarters here meant to discuss the spring campaign’s concept turned into a “defining moment” in itself as the conversation touched upon a wide variety of topics, including the bond between the two men, which goes back more than two decades.
“I still get goosebumps when I watch the video,” Zegna said of the three-minute film, which sees De Niro and Lombardi in Los Angeles talking at a private villa in Beverly Hills or driving around town in a burgundy, vintage open-top Maserati.
In the video, De Niro discusses his decision-making in accepting or refusing a role and shares his experience with Lombardi. “The conversation was real, easy and spontaneous, there was no predefined theme,” said Sartori, who showed his first collection for the brand in January.
“It’s a beautiful couple, we are very satisfied with the finished

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McCaul Lombardi, Mads Mikkelsen Attend Ermenegildo Zegna Show

ZEGNA MEN: On his way to Switzerland for a quick snowboarding jaunt, McCaul Lombardi said at the Ermenegildo Zegna show on Friday night that he had just finished filming “Sollers Point,” due to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival this spring. The story of a small-time drug dealer, “it’s a coming of age story, as he adapts to life out of prison,” said Lombardi, who is one of the actors fronting the brand’s ad campaign for spring.

McCaul Lombardi 
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“It’s amazing. I can’t believe they’ve managed to fill a space this size, and it’s still intimate,” marveled Mads Mikkelsen surveying the venue, strewn with apocalyptic Anselm Kiefer concrete towers. “I just thought it was something from Pisa, they’re kind of at an angle,” he said. The actor, who recently wrapped promoting “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” said he was looking forward to taking a break. “Vacation for me is being at home, as I’m never home, so that would be Denmark.” Skal!

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