Revealed as a companion e book to the latest Stone Island 30 exhibition held in Florence, Archivio is a magnificent pictorial historical past of the brand’s first 30 years. Billed as ‘A Photographed Edit of the Stone Island Archive the e-book is a very good assortment of pieces drawn from the Archive and options over 300 full color pictures, every accompanied by description text in three languages (Italian, English and French) covering fabric composition – effectively a giant historic ‘Look Book
The book also features a foreword by Carlo Rivetti, Inventive Designer of Stone Island, plus an essay on ‘Thirty Years of Stone Island and the Problem Dealing with New Italian-Fashion Businesswritten by Italian sociologist and journalist, Francesco Morace. A full index of the 307 items featured, lots of which weren’t on display at the Stazione Leopalda anniversary show, concludes the work.
Ebook conception was the brainchild of Simon Foxton and Nick Griffiths, the British artistic duo who had been behind the Florence exhibition, the latter also chargeable for the photography within the e book. They’ve performed a wonderful job. It is a lavish, top quality production – the e book has 654 12.5x 9.5pages and is hardbound with a PVC mud cover that includes the well-known Stone Island compass badge. Weighing in at a not inconsiderable 6kg, it also has its own cardboard carry case.
Revealed by Italian agency, SilvanaEditoriale, Archivio features a dramatic mix of the progressive, most iconic, bizarre and simply plain lovely items from throughout three decades. It was on sale for 20 at the Florence occasion, and came with a commemorative t-shirt and exhibition poster.
Given there are only a few literary works devoted to the brand’s history, for any Stone Island enthusiast this is a should-have quantity. Though the likes of Amazon and Waterstone’s are currently taking pre-orders, it is at present unclear whether or not this ebook can be typically obtainable by means of booksellers within the UK or was only a restricted print produced as a catalogue for the recent exhibition. Anybody keen on acquiring a replica would be nicely-advised to contact their local stockist or the flagship store in Brewer Road, London for the latest data.