Although Ermenegildo Zegna’s century-spanning menswear legacy can be traced back to the alps of Piedmont, where the label’s namesake utilized his father’s looms to begin crafting astute men’s suits, the Italian couturier has since become entrenched in signifiers of sleek, streetwise outfitting. Since undergoing a number of identity-chiselling shifts at the turn of the millennium, the label now rests under the creative direction of Alessandro Sartori, who has been instrumental in accentuating the moody current that has underpinned recent collections. Zeroing in on a distinct strain of somber-hued menswear, the Ermenegildo Zegna line pushes the terms of sophisticated men’s outfitting beyond the trappings of archetypical suiting, instead opting to weave sleek, subtly technical cues into modified blazers and sweaters. Injecting its aesthetic identity into lifestyle accessories such as luggage and travel pouches as well as outfit-completing accoutrement like neckties and belts, the label achieves consistency across the full plain of its sartorial offerings. The offsetting of opulent leather footwear with curveball details such as chunky rubber soles is but one of the many ways in which intriguing particularities continue to foreground Ermenegildo Zegna’s generation-traversing imprint, one which entertains boundary-testing curiosity without compromising its deep-rooted sense of self.
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