Stories / September 2019

Circolo 1901 AW19: Effortless Elegance

Circolo 1901’s latest AW19 collection celebrates the inherent simplicity of well-made clothing, with utterly wearable wardrobe staples crafted in luxurious fabrics.

In our fast-paced, frenzied world, it often pays to take a step back and slow down. Life is complicated enough, why make it more so? At least that's the thinking behind Circolo 1901, a label that has come to be defined by an inherent simplicity and a resistance against all things superfluous.

The label was founded by Italian textile industrialist Gennaro Dargenio, who was born in Barletta, a town in the heart of Puglia. With 30 years of tailoring experience and an ongoing commitment to product development and innovation, he has always aimed to transform classic pieces - such as the traditional blazer or trousers - through the use of alternative methods and materials, resulting in a unique style that draws inspiration from his nuanced and dynamic homeland.

Since its very first collections, Circolo 1901 has been at the forefront of developing new concepts of comfort, reinstating the process of getting dressed with a sense of ease and removing any form of effort. Clothes needn't be complex: all of Circolo 1901's pieces are stripped back to their purest form, crafted in such a way as to highlight their most important elements - structure and fabric. The garments are defined by six core tenets: they must be easy to wear, move in, wash, style, pack and iron. Ultimately, these are clothes that are made for everyday, that epitomise a new breed of casual elegance, allowing for true individual expression.

The label's latest Autumn/Winter 2019 collection is evidence of this. Soft, loose silhouettes in muted tones and luxurious woollen fabrics lend themselves to versatility and ease of wear. Slouchy double-breasted and single-breasted jackets feature a variety of check patterns in clean, contemporary cuts, for a modern twist on traditional autumnal style. This is smart casual at it's best: whether combined with informal streetwear elements for an easy weekend look, or paired with more sophisticated corporate attire, these garments will garner veritable staple status in any wardrobe.

Reinforcing the label's dedication to authenticity is the use of 'real people' as opposed to models within the AW19 campaign. 'Circolo' translates to a group of people - a 'circle', a concept of belonging. To wear Circolo 1901's garments is to enter into a club of characters who share a certain set of values based on authenticity and originality. It's a club that we very much want to be a part of.

For more information about Circolo 1901, head to circolo1901.it.

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody

Editorial Assistant at The Rake