C.P. Company's designers Paul Harvey (l.) and Alessandro Pungetti
04 Apr. 2014
Q&A: Alessandro Pungetti and Paul Harvey of CP Company
As ever, C.P. Company’s Fall/winter 2014 collection pushes the technical boundaries. We caught up with designers Alessandro Pungetti and Paul Harvey– who work together with Enzo Fusco on the brand’s stylistic direction– to learn which innovations were used to create some of the season’s most covetable pieces. Interview by Emma Holmqvist Deacon
Which are the key pieces in the new collection?
The outerwear pieces inspired by classic Royal Navy raincoats or stormcoat are important. They were originally crafted from PVC, which gets very stiff and is actually illegal to use nowadays. To make it modern, we’ve used polyurethane as it achieves the same sort of look and feel but is a lot more comfortable to wear.
Which techniques are you most proud of this season?
Our down jackets are very technical although this might not be apparent at first glance. They’re incredibly soft despite the fact that four layers of nylon have been used. The material start off white, then we’ve dyed it over and over again. Once you start dying the jacket and it goes round and round in the washing machine, the zip tends to rip the material and the feathers fall out. It’s an incredibly difficult process; it’s taken us about a year of experimenting to get it right. To challenge ourselves further, we’ve designed a couple of two-color pieces– these are even trickier to make but we like working with down and pushing really far in terms of technical advancement.
What makes the techniques you use different from those of other technical apparel brands?
We sometimes experiment with procedures no one else would go near due to the complexity of the processes. This season we’ve brought out Shetland wool in a traditional Scottish check that has been garment dyed with a down lining. This method is very risky and complicated but it’s worth the effort since the colors blend beautifully while the garments crafted from this unique material hold warmth really well and are very soft to the touch.
Emma Holmqvist Deacon
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