Although suits are not often required wearing these days other than for very formal occasions, we still love the world-famous drapery designs that will forever be seen as the ultimate symbols of universal elegance. They now appear on other products: accessories have taken up the baton.
The invincible houndstooth has become a fabric for footwear and leather goods at Fratelli Reali, which ruffles the strictness of the pattern by using fluffy threads.
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At Rifra Nastri, it is shoe elastics that take their inspirations from drapery styles with tweed taking pride of place. It is interpreted in an irregular jacquard with a granite effect in earthy colours, a perfect imitation of this emblematic woollen.
Adornos Clément is also present in this area. This footwear accessories specialist is also inspired by tweed, as well as flannel, end-on-end and other pseudo-plains, which it reproduces on its laces using an ink jet printer. At De Bernardi, suit designs can be found on the lining side. Its braid, biais, Petersham and elastic bands decorated with herringbone, club stripes, tie designs or mini black and white two-tones have been very successful.
Assems weaves suit designs into its hot melt threads to make sporty and chic sneaker uppers.
And this is precisely where we expect to find the Prince of Wales check and other banker stripes, in high-tech, modern and dynamic applications – just like the executives that have always worn them!