SLOW-WOMEN: Slowear is testing the waters for its womenswear range, currently accounting for between 5 percent and 10 percent of its sales. And for the first time it hosted a Milan Fashion Week presentation to unveil the spring collection.
Welcoming guests at Slowear’s flagship in the arty Brera district — an experiential space called Slowear 18, combining retail space with a mixology bar and café — chief executive officer Marco Bernardini said the company is testing what works best for the female lineup in terms of distribution and communication, acknowledging that the current most relevant market is Italy and there is little international exposure.
“We thought an event was a great start, the range has already received attention and I think it deserves to grow also communication-wise,” Bernardini said.
The lineup on show was a highly curated edit by stylist Tanya Jones, brought on board by the internal women’s design team led by Misa Tesic to distill their vision of urban gear injected with ease and practicality, the same applied to menswear, the company’s forte.
Earthy tones, best exemplified by ivory roomy pants cropped at the ankles and paired with poet-sleeved drop-shouldered coats, as well as fluid linen pantsuits trading blazers for elongated vests, mingled with sorbet-colored attire. A pea green woolen blazer in the same weight of crisp cotton was matched to linen pants in a slightly lighter shade, while a pleated A-line skirt paired with a voluminous utilitarian jacket was done in a light pink.
“The conversation with Misa revolved around the brand’s DNA and its expertise in menswear. We added a feminine touch, never tacky or too coy, it’s all about urban ladies, the ones seen strolling around Brera,” said Jones.
Asked to elaborate on prospects for the women’s range, Bernardini said it’s too early to predict sales volumes but he looks forward to 2023 to jumpstart a dedicated strategy.
An established menswear player, the Venice-based Slowear is parent to Incotex casual pants; Zanone high-end knitwear; Glanshirt casual shirts; Montedoro outerwear, and Officina Slowear accessories and footwear. As reported earlier this year, the company opened its third U.S. retail outpost but first in New York in NoHo.