LONATE POZZOLO, Italy — Vittorio Solbiati donned disheveled chic long before it became fashionable.
Strolling through his eponymous 134-year-old mill on a chilly winter’s day, he wears an ivory jersey jacket two sizes too big, layered over a vintage blue linen shirt, striped tie, violet cashmere cardigan, baggy beige cords and maroon Paul Smith sneakers. Not the sort of garb normally seen on a textile industrialist, but Solbiati is unlike other Italian weavers.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"