After a five-season hiatus, K-Way, known for its colorful and foldable nylon jackets, will return to the market this June.
Founded in Paris by apparel retailer Léon-Claude Duhamel in 1965 and acquired by the Turin-based BasicNet group in 2004, the company has revisited its core model and broadened its offerings to include daywear, beachwear and accessories.
K-Way’s waterproof jacket remains the anchor of the new collection, but it has been updated with new shapes and graphics. For example, the Jacques and Lily models, two staples of the line, are now available in slim fits. The first is reversible and features a crispy and smooth hand (about $205), while the second bears reflective flag-inspired prints that change shade according to the light (about $234).
Besides the K-Way collection, the company’s stand at the Padiglione Cavanaglia at Pitti Uomo will pay tribute to the history of the brand and to all those cult objects, such as the Polaroid, the Walkman or the iPod, whose names can be found in dictionaries.
A finalist on the latest edition of the Who’s On Next talent competition, Andrea Pompilio will unveil his first solo effort at Pitti Uomo.
Before branching out on his own, the Milan-based designer worked for a string of international brands, including Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Prada, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Bally. “I learned a lot from all the designers I worked with,” said the 37-year-old Pompilio, citing the “conceptual creativity and the attention to color from Miuccia Prada, the importance of marketing and merchandising at Calvin Klein and a taste of Parisian opulence with Stefano Pilati.”
The contemporary and wearable spring collection channels his professional and personal experiences, especially the many trips around the world. He stressed that the lineupalso reflects his own summer wardrobe because “when I design, I always keep my private world as point of reference.”
The highlights are two-button cropped blazers paired with slim multipocket khaki pants with a military feel, and cotton canvas Bermuda shorts available in four different prints with matching crisp short-sleeve shirts in the same “Miami Vice,” Hawaiian and Afro-inspired patterns.
The bright, vivid hues are unconventionally combined to create quirky color contrasts, such as palm green paired with olive green, or brick red with ruby.
The spring collection will be available on Gilt.com and in the soon-to-open Excelsior department store in Milan, among others. Retail prices start at 180 euros, or $261 at current exchange rate, for a shirt and 220 euros, or $320, for the Bermuda shorts.
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