by Ryan Wallace
With new Birkins by Hermès and Louboutins hitting the runway and the shop stands faster than the leaves can change, women’s fashion is constantly updated and reinvented. With the exception of the occasional fashion trend, that often end in fashion disasters like trucker caps or fanny packs, men’s fashion accessories have for the most part remained stagnant for the past century. The classics like bow ties, ties, cuff links, shoes and watches have remained, but are often a bore. But with an inventive concept that meets tradition with artisanship, one small Italian company is reinventing neckwear fashion with creativity.
Last summer, bow ties came back onto the fashion scene with a vengeance. One of my friends Sean spent this past summer in France, and I knew that I wanted some classic European accessories that can only be found at the heart of most fashion. A Parisian staple in fashion, there was no doubt that a Papillon (i.e. Bow Tie) was a must-have. But little did I know that a couple hundred miles away from the “City of Lights” a small Italian company was ditching the silk and thread for a more non-traditional view of the bow tie.
The small Italian brand, Cor Sine Labe Doli, “looks at fashion with child eyes, whose feet are well fixed to the ground, but with great and strong ambitions”. Their first calling card was their classically fashionable bow tie that was made with one small change; it’s ceramic! The company, sticking true to its mission of “living its style between tradition and modernity, past and future fashion, between what has gone and what could go”, blends classic ideas and classic artisanship to create a modernistic yet original view of the direction, which fashion is headed. The designers, Antonio Patruno Randolfi,
Luigi Arbore and Massimo Mazzilli made it their goal to “to give a new life to the famous Italian elegancy fashion tradition, re-actualizing the most important men fashion accessory, the papillon, giving it a new life, new shapes, new usages and a new target”, but have since expanded their collections and ambitions.
This Fall/Winter season, Cor Sine Labe Doli brought their “Cordium, the tie with pottery heart” into stores, blending their ceramic work with fabrics like silk and leather. Also, the company released their first scent Eloquium to appeal to both men and women. Thinking outside of the box once again, Cor Sine Labe Doli turned traditional neckwear conventions on its head with the release of Reverso. This tie with a ceramic knot has “the front lance smaller than the back lance, to see what is usually hidden in a tie”, opposites of the norm again.
With so much promise and an inventive eye to rival the best designers in the world, Cor Sine Labe Doli will undoubtedly change the face of fashion forever, however, for the time being it may be a little harder to get your hands on these original accessories. Keeping their dream alive “making clothes, creating a new fashion, becoming big by staying small”, they have yet to launch too large of an international presence, only available on select sites and small boutiques, but if you want to shop take a look on www.antonioli.eu, www.luisaviaroma.com, www.asos.com, and in Opening Ceremony Boutiques world-wide.