By  on September 11, 2013

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SANSOVINO 6

American designer Edward Buchanan is relaunching the Italian women’s label Sansovino 6 for spring.

Buchanan launched Bottega Veneta’s ready-to-wear collections in 1995 when the brand was still owned by the Moltedo family and designed it for six years. In 1999, he teamed with Italian luxury knitwear manufacturer ROB Srl to unveil Sansovino 6 and, separately, in 2001 he launched his own label, Lesflesh.

Last year, Buchanan opened Thesituation, a Milan-based fashion consultancy studio in collaboration with managing director Alessio Lepore, and he decided to bring the Sansovino 6 label in-house, parting ways with the former producer.

“At a certain point, I realized we wanted to give the company a new direction, taking the brand on the right path,” said Buchanan, who also works for several fashion companies, including Stefanel, Max Mara and Pinko, among others.

The spring collection includes laid-back outfits, mixing athletic elements with streetwear staples and tuxedo-inspired pieces. The range features knitwear and stretch, comfortable knit fabrics like jersey, sweatshirt fleece and cotton piqué, in a palette centered on indigo dyes.

“I’m not a dictator,” he said. “I create things and I only suggest how the consumer can wear them — I’m really conscious of how women dress today.”

Buchanan said the collection is focused on wearable pieces that can be easily mixed and matched and integrated into existing wardrobes.

The range includes a tie-dyed vest worn with comfortable pants; a fluid dress combining jersey, cotton piqué and sweatshirt, along with unconventional sweatshirt suits. Wholesale prices range from 40 euros, or $53 at current exchange, for a jersey tank top, to 140 euros, or $185, for a suit jacket. Sweatshirt bombers are around 160 euros, or $211.

The Sansovino 6 collection is distributed through the Riccardo Grassi showroom in Paris and Milan, where it will be available by appointment from Sept. 18 to Oct. 18.

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