Updated: May 10, 2020
We take an in depth look into Stone Island's history and use of reflective materials in this 3 part mini series.
Fast forward to the mid 2000's, the name Stone Island was known across the globe, synonymous with high fashion, and heavy price tags. With Paul Harvey at the helm and the last reflective piece released over 10 years previously, the time came for the brand to test the waters again with a new material: The Mesh Reflective. Which dropped in winter 2006 and summer 2007 definitely satisfied the craving. The double layered run-proof mesh which is bonded to the reflective material enhances the reflective qualities with a three-dimensional look from afar. These two pieces brought Stone Island's 25+ year history of working with reflective materials together and once again pushed the boundaries of fabric research.
2007 was the year that saw arguably the most durable of all Stone Island reflective jackets to date: the Antiqued Reflective. Constructed using a high-refraction fabric, again making use of glass microspheres, this jacket could reflect light up to 300 meters away. One of Paul Harvey's most iconic pieces, a real testament to his fusion of Massimo Osti's legacy and the brands continuous movement and dedication to fabric research. It was available in 3 silhouettes: hooded short, hooded fishtail parka and a field jacket. The sage green colour was by far the more popular choice over the grey. A reflective winter coat that would truly stand the test of time was a marker in the brands ever evolving relationship with reflective materials.
Then, as the brand moved into the late 2000's Carlo Rivetti stepped up to the mantel of creative director along with a trusted design team by his side. It was a brand new era for Stone Island. Not having one mind making all the design decisions could have been a risky move, but it has only been up from there since. 2011 saw the release of yet another reflective jacket; the liquid reflective. The same technology of glass microspheres was utilized however this time the technology was transferred into a liquid solution. Each jacket was then spray painted by hand and baked in an oven which meant the finish on each individual jacket was entirely unique. This unique look only intensifies with more use as the jacket wears in to the specific users movement.
As the brand modernized and adapted the one thing you can always say is that passion for pushing the boundaries of fabric research never changes. Check part 3 to find out about the brands 30th Anniversary and the modern era of reflectives! If you missed it check out part 1 first.