cp company history by massimo osti

Massimo Osti  was an Italian garment engineer and fashion designer, most famous as the founder of the apparel brands Stone Island and C.P. Company. Osti’s products were a mix of his own innovations and design ideas he got from studying military clothing, work-, and sportswear,  was born and raised in Bologna, Italy. He became a graphic designer and worked in the advertising business. His career in the fashion industry began in the early 1970s, when he designed a T-shirt collection featuring placed prints. He was the first to use new techniques like the four-color process and silkscreen which are used for producing T-shirt. Following the success of this first T-shirt collection, he accepted the offer to design a complete Men’s collection and became an equity partner in the company he would name ‘Chester Perry’ (later renamed the ‘C.P. Company’).

During this period, Osti laid the foundations for a creative philosophy entirely based on experimentation. The first innovation he would be responsible for in the clothing industry was garment dyeing, a process that completely revolutionized the field. It was based upon the concept of different materials in finished garments reacting differently to the same dye bath. Osti discovered that garment dyeing creates interesting tone-on-tone effects. This particular dyeing technique became typical for Osti’s C.P. Company. In 1981, he launched “Boneville”, a new brand alongside the existing CP Company and CP Company Baby collections.

Ongoing research on finishing techniques and materials led to yet another clothing line in 1982: Stone Island. The first collection was made entirely from a revolutionary new fabric that inspired from the tarps used by truck drivers. The ‘used’ look of this highly resistant, two-tone, reversible fabric was obtained through stone washing. This new collection was so successful that it sold out at every location within 10 days.

In 1984, Osti relinquished his shares of CP Company to GFT, but stayed on as president. He and his team devoted themselves to product development and communication strategies for the company. In 1985, he became the editor of CP Magazine, an extra-large format catalog/magazine that was sold at newspaper stands. It featured photographs of every garment in the CP Company collections and visualized the C.P. lifestyle perfectly. A circulation of 40,000 copies per collection proved that this unusual advertising tool was indeed effective. It started a trend that would later be followed by many other companies in the industry.

1987 was an important year in Osti’s career. He invented and presented Rubber Flax and Rubber Wool – linen and wool with a thin, rubber coating. The rubber made the materials waterproof, improved their resistance and added a totally new look and feel to the garments. In the same year Osti experimented with brushed combed wool for the first time. Today all mills use this procedure for processing woolen textiles, the same process Osti invented in 1987. The year also saw the birth of the color changing Ice Jacket. In collaboration with ITS, Osti employed state-of-the-art technological research to create this new fabric which changed color by temperature variations. That same year, his constant commitment to experimentation earned Massimo Osti an invitation to represent the Italian clothing industry at an event commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin’s founding, the 150th anniversary of textile manufacturing and his own 15th year in the business. For the occasion, an exhibit was held inside the Reichstag building in Berlin.In 1988, Massimo Osti’s designs developed a new means of communication with the public through the CP Company sponsorship of the Mille Miglia race. The company also showed its support of the Rainforest Foundation, the foundation spearheaded by Sting and Raoni, chief of the Kayapo tribe in Amazonia, whose purpose was to raise worldwide awareness of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.

1991 marked the opening of a CP store in New York’s historical Flatiron Building, plus the launch of yet another iconic garment within the Stone Island line: the Reflective Jacket. This jacket was made from an innovative material, which was the fruit of technological research conducted in Japan. The material combined waterproof fabric with a very thin layer of glass microspheres, which reflected even the weakest light sources with astonishing effectiveness.

In 1993, a partnership with Allegri gave rise to Left Hand. This new brand was characterized by another exclusive material, a non-woven fabric made from pressed polyester and nylon fibers which, like felt, could be used with raw edge stitching. The following year, Osti founded Massimo Osti Production, a company that would reap the benefits of the experience and successes accrued from 20 years’ worth of formal and technical innovations. In 1995, the ST 95 line was launched and in 1996, Osti began a collaboration with Superga, which consisted in designing a collection of image-defining garments.

Just two years later in 1998, a new company was founded to produce and distribute the OM Project brand, the collaboration with the Frattini Group. This new line of clothing would also be characterized by the use of innovative fabrics:

  • Electric-j – a highly resistant material made of polyester and copper fibers
  • Cool Cotton – whose natural look is derived from its cotton component while its other component
  • Cool max – a hollow fiber that absorbs bodily moisture and wicks it outwards
  • Mag Defender – a canvas made of polyester and carbon fibers whose highly resistant weave shields its wearer from magnetic fields
  • Steel – an “urban armor” featuring a nylon canvas which is woven with twisted cotton and stainless steel, making it highly resistant to cuts and tears.

In 1999, Massimo Osti began the collaboration with Dockers Europe to design a new line of technical pants called Equipment for Legs. Of the technical materials used in this collection, a special blend of Kevlar stood out in particular; its increased softness and functionality made it appropriate to its application in garment production.

Among Osti’s last projects was the ICD line. Created in 2000 thanks to a collaboration with Levi’s, it offered a vast array of high performance technical outerwear. This collection was then supplemented by the ICD+ line which, thanks to an agreement with Philips, featured outwear garments which came equipped with a cell phone, mp3 player, and accompanying headphones and microphone which were all wired to the garment itself. It was the world’s first commercial example of wearable technology.

Massimo Osti died in 2005 and his legacy lives on today through the Massimo Osti Archive, a textile archive which includes 5,000 garments and over 50,000 fabric samples from approximately 300 textile mills and garment finishing companies from around the world.

 


solovair shoes 1881 made in uk, The county of Northamptonshire, England, has long been renowned for its boots and shoe making; the village of Wollaston just outside of Wellingborough is no exception. Until the latter part of the 19th century, shoes and boots were normally made in homes by individual shoemakers, who were paid only for the work they had ready when the collector came with his barrow to the door. Remuneration was poor and there was little security of employment.

 

In an attempt to impose some regularity of income, in 1881 five men living in Wollaston banded together to form a co-operative (a company owned and run by the people working in it), called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS). Their premises were based in a dove house located in Thrift Street, Wollaston, and NPS was locally referred to as ‘the Duffers’. Luck was with them from the outset as they managed to secure an order for army boots from the Government, an order which would sustain them for the first year.

 

As industrialisation spread in England during the late nineteenth Century, demand in England and abroad for high-quality boots steadily increased. Accordingly, NPS enjoyed rapid growth and by the turn of the previous century NPS had grown to 80 employees. Consequently, NPS moved to a larger purpose-built factory on South Street, which although modified and expanded, they occupy to this day.

 

Footwear has been made at NPS with various different construction methods, including riveted and stitched, stuck-on, vulcanised and more recently Goodyear welted which is now used in all our shoe production. In the 1950’s Austrian Dr. Maerten (subsequently anglicised to Dr. Marten) and his associate Mr Funck developed a now famous air cushion sole. R. Griggs Group Ltd., who owned the rights to manufacture footwear with this technology, sought out the best local factories to manufacture footwear using this sole. NPS was an obvious choice and in 1959 the first English pair of sample boots with air-cushioned soles was welted in the NPS factory. For 35 years NPS produced Solovair (Sole-of-Air) boots and shoes under license, which were sold under the name “Dr Martens by Solovair”.

 

Times change and NPS no longer produces boots and shoes under license, but we have maintained our independence and high-quality standards. NPS patented the name Solovair in 1995 and our latest range of footwear not only maintains our original manufacturing quality, but our products have been enhanced with a new ‘Soft Suspension’ sole that improves the comfort and durability.

 

The famous production standards of NPS has secured Solovair a reputation with retailers and discerning customers, as a premium soft suspension product. Rather than have a continuous production line, which we believe offers the operative no time to notice and correct any errors, NPS is organised in areas according to distinct stages of production. Each pair is only passed from one area to another when the respective operative is satisfied they are ready. In this respect, there is a far slimmer chance that an unsatisfactory shoe or boot will result at the end of the production process. In effect it is a continuous quality control process not employed by many other factories.

 

NPS continue to remain true to their ideals, combining over 130 years of tradition, the latest technology and materials, in order to produce the best quality shoes and boots. To maintain this undisputed quality, our products will always be hand-made from start (‘clicking’) to ‘finishing’ in the UK.

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onitsuka tiger mod. COLORADO 85 by Onitska Tiger was designed with plushfort and style in mind. The upper features a fitting premium suede, mesh, and leather build for a fresh look and durability. This kick features the original silhouette from the 80’s, giving the Colorado Eighty-Five a great old-school look. Other features include fabric lining with a removable Sockliner, flex canals at the forefoot forfort and flexibility, and a rubber outsole.


depop we are also on vincegenovese , If you want to empty your closets, to renew the furniture, or to change your wardrobe, there is a new app for you. With over 55,000 users and 350,000 products for sale, Depop is a new phenomenon to watch. An application to sell and buy what you want directly from your smartphone. A cross between Instagram and eBay, where just a photo and a Paypal account. Just create a profile and post photos of what you want to sell. With the application Felicity, you can use special filters to best present their objects, clothes or accessories. Who wants to know more, send private messages, and then make purchases via Paypal. You can decide who to follow and see what they offer on the home, or do targeted searches using hashtag. The start-up, founded by Italian entrepreneur Simon Beckerman, was soon adopted ideas from the incubator H-Farm argues that some of the most innovative projects in our country. The app is Depop then landed in London and is ready to be talked about. The social nature of the application allows you to see what our friends or favorite users choose to buy and sell.

 


 Ready for the winter season 2014-15 ?….There are still a few days and start again with the winter season 2014-2015, the news will be multiple, we have placed great emphasis on tradition and quality of the products. Favourite brands that have an established historical tradition but also a good quality / price ratio. We place great emphasis on metropolitan style for those who like the simple life, they demand quality garments to wear, do not like to appear.
All without distorting our tradition has always been to have excellent tissue.

We continue working with the NITRO SNOWBOARD for the winter season and again our association StreetCultureAssociation whose rib activates the SNowBoardClub Lamezia Terme, for more info contact us.

Also very potenziaremo web communication, we will give priority channel eCommerce Directory to our little store can expand into new markets. Besides, you can buy our products through paypal or no paypal through a secure system for transactions. The communication with you the customer will be handled through email, Facebook or Twitter contacts below:

Email: genovesestore@gmail.com
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Twitter: @genovesestore

While the last official Youtube channel will have its relevances in our strategy, we will give the news even while on pinterest and tumblr istagram will showcase our instantaneous.

Recall that we adopt in-store payment system SUMUP by phone or tablet you can make safe the transaction.

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federica curcio an artist of Lamezia Terme styling with a natural style is not built, what is most striking is his humility in dealing with the work demanded of the project. Also on the works can also be ordered directly at her.
Here is a brief description and a tunnel of its projects.

“Drawing from a young age, lezioni.Dipingo never taken anything with any type of painting, from water, to tempera, acrylics or simply exposed to matita.Ho Comics for two years, I have also exhibited at the Festival of Art, where I sold the paintings. ”

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The online shop is now active, you can purchase our products directly from our website in a very fast way.  Click on the link allegato, after you go to shop and choose the product, please follow the whole process (for further information on the product before ever sent an email) and choose the method of payment you can opt for: cash on delivery, payment by credit card , payment by paypal for owners of a paypal account or you can choose to pay even if you do not have a paypal account in the same screen all once you have registered. If you encounter problems please send us an email we will instantly

Lo shop online adesso è attivo, puoi acquistare i nostri prodotti direttamente dal sito in modo molto veloce. clicca sul link alegato, dopo vai a shop e scegli il prodotto, segui tutta la procedura di acquisto (per altre info sul prodotto inviate sempre prima una email) e nel scegliere la modalita di pagamento puoi optare per: contrassegno, pagamento mediante carta di credito, pagamento mediante paypa per i possessori di un conto paypal oppure puoi scegliere di pagare anche se non hai un conto paypal nella stessa schermata il tutto dopo essersi registrati. Qualora riscontrate problemi inviateci una email provvederemo subito a risolverli.


boxfresh brand born in london 1989 available now in genovese store  and on-line store

Welcome to Boxfresh, a London way of life that spans the last two decades of youth culture.

Boxfresh aren’t taking a new direction for 2012, but rather an old direction with a new perspective. A brand with humble market stall beginnings and strong London roots, Boxfresh has been an original bastion of British Streetwear since 1989. A brand that inspired an entire generation of forward thinking style enthusiasts that had an eye on the influences coming from across the Atlantic, Boxfresh has matured along with the rest of us, and is back to claim its rightful status as a recognizable uniform for the devoted design aesthete and street-style athlete. Fabrics, fits, patterns and silhouettes illustrate the push forward aesthetically and creatively, vibrant colours lighten the mood and set the precedent for a return to form and function befitting of this iconic brand.

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