Rag & Bone is collaborating with Agata Osti, daughter of Massimo Osti, the founder of C.P. Company and Stone Island, on an outerwear capsule.
The capsule features three unisex outerwear styles — two parkas and a shearling-trimmed liner that have been reworked with modern updates.
Massimo Osti, who died in 2005, was a pioneer in sportswear fabric experimentation and technical innovation. In creating the capsule, Rag & Bone worked closely with fabric developer Adriano Caccia and Antonio Forato, the owner of Italian sportswear manufacturer Pespow to respect the heritage of the Massimo Osti archive. Caccia and Forato earlier worked alongside Osti to create some of his most innovative and distinct fabrics. These highly skilled craftspeople from generations of Osti production teams were sought out specifically for this Rag & Bone collaboration.
“Osti designs have always been known for authenticity and craftsmanship; two of the core values of Rag & Bone,” said Marcus Wainwright, founder and chief brand officer of Rag & Bone. “I have tremendous respect for the legacy (of Massimo) while his daughter Agata Osti now carries forward for this special capsule.” Wainwright said he was glad they could partner together “and harness the tried and tested fabric development and production of Pespow; both elements which are recognized as some of the most innovative and technical, yet highly functional techniques of our time.”
Agata Osti, Massimo Osti archive manager and creative director, said, “I’m extremely proud of the exciting collaboration developed with Rag & Bone, a brand that I’ve always admired for its integrity and its unique attention to quality, fabrics and craftsmanship. These are values that I deeply believe in and perfectly represent the authentic essence of my father’s heritage.”
“In doing research for our capsule, I reworked some of the technical fabrics from the Massimo Osti Archive that were innovated in the Eighties and Nineties. They were redeveloped with a new contemporary spirit through specially updated production techniques. With respect to my father’s approach to design, I wanted all constructive details to have both a functional and aesthetic value to achieve a contemporary but timeless design,” she added.
The wool reversible parka is a contemporary reinterpretation of a classical archival style, re-engineered with seamless technology on a wool-nylon “formula steel” fabric, custom-developed to re-create an elevated performance fabrication.
The shell parka, based on a vintage camp parka, is fused with the Rag & Bone Sector jacket to create a technical and military-inspired jacket. The parka features such details as contrast taping and Velcro patches along the sleeves, a custom-made performance fabric with a natural aspect, and heat-transferred labels. The jacket’s function is visible through heat-bonded seam taping along the pocket shapes and trim.
Rounding out the capsule is the quilted liner, which references a design from a classical pilot jacket selected from the Massimo Osti Archive. Crafted with thermal padding, an onion-quilted pattern and finished with authentic shearling, the liner can be worn on its own or attached into the parkas.
To commemorate the collaboration, each jacket will be numbered 1 to 100. Available in select Rag & Bone stores worldwide and rag-bone.com, beginning Oct. 23, the capsule will retail from $995 to $1,995.