Doppiaa bring their A-Game
What results is a vibrant, relaxed, colourful experimentalism that plays perfectly into the hands (and limbs) of the man who cherishes confident individuality from his wardrobe. There is an undeniable youthfulness to Doppiaa's designs, perhaps even a touch of eccentricity, but make no mistake, this is high-quality menswear designed for men of all ages. What's more, Doppiaa's modus operandi revolves around two essential cornerstones: 100% Italian manufacturing, and the painstakingly executed pinpointing and selecting of the highest quality fabrics with the most particular characteristics, wherever they may originate.For the AW18 collection now available on The Rake, the inspiration came from Glenn Miller's big-band tune In the Mood, which was released in 1939. The famous high-spirited swing instrumental served as an invitation for Carreras and Fracassi to really get under the skin of how clothes can influence our feelings and moods, leading them to produce ageless wool coats, velvet and moleskin suits and jackets, turtleneck sweaters and soft fabric shirts that best reflect the optimism of Miller's composition. In fact, this season's knitwear offering from Doppiaa is a lesson in how to go bold with patterns. Thick colour stripes, eye-bending zig-zag patterns and houndstooth block knits allow you to wear the soft wool yarns as statement outerwear pieces, or you can just as easily wear them as confident layering pieces beneath a classic wool coat or cotton trench. Also look out for Doppiaa's round collar shirt, which unlike its sharply pointed cousins, presents a much less formal iteration of the shirt but one that would equally complement a knitted silk tie by the likes of Drake's. Above all though, we think that Doppiaa's energy when it comes to fabrics and patterns makes it a fantastic go-to brand for winter layering, enabling you to combine variously tactile elements with eye-catching patterns and motifs.