MILAN — F.R.S. are not just the initials of Francesca Ruffini Stoppani — a “monogram-addicted” person, as she defines herself — but also the acronym of “For Restless Sleepers,” the brand she will unveil on Feb. 26 during Milan Fashion Week.
Ruffini Stoppani plans to host a presentation to display her first collection of elegant and sophisticated pajamas. “I’m passionate about pajamas. As soon as I arrive home, I have to change into my pajamas, which for me are not something you only use for sleeping, but rather they make me feel comfortable. They are pieces that you can wear instead of a shirt, for example,” said Ruffini, who is married to Moncler’s chairman and chief executive officer, Remo Ruffini.
The collection will include a range of styles that are not only meant to be worn at home, but can be seen as unconventional daily pieces or hyper-chic evening attire.
To create the line — which will feature pajamas ranging from 500 euros, or $571 at current exchange rate, to 700 euros, or $800 — Ruffini teamed up with textile companies located in the silk district of Como, the designer’s hometown.
“I like to say that I use locally produced fabrics. In Como there are companies with incredible heritage and awesome archives,” said Ruffini, who previously established and designed the Coast+Weber+Ahaus fashion label.
Vintage fabrics served as a starting point for Ruffini, who revisited their patterns, including a floral one and another from the late 19th century showing a tiger. The designer re-elaborated the motifs on exclusive fabrics, such as printed silk, satin, twill and duchesse.
The lineup includes a style featuring a double-breasted jacket, as well as another variation with an oversize shirt with volume on the back. Mixing and matching materials with different textures, Ruffini also created looks with the front and the back of the top respectively in silk and a jacquard fabric, both showing a pattern reminiscent of the fur of a Persian cat.
All the pajamas, worked in a color palette combining red and pink, light blue and navy, black and white, as well as subtle hints of gold, come with a coordinated bra decorated with piping and a sleeping mask.