Superga Artifact, the men’s pinnacle range latest drop
Superga releases the sixth Superga Artifact collection, its top-of-the-range men's proposal. All the products have been developed by the brand’s design centre in collaboration with Japanese designer Teppei Sugaya. The entire range is divided into three main lines: Mil Spec, Works and Deck.
The new Mil Spec collection takes inspiration from US Army classic pieces, such as 90s utility trousers and shirts, made with the reverse side of a 100% cotton sateen fabric. In addition, for the first time a tigerstripe pattern has been introduced on the upper. This unique tiger camouflage print was used during the Vietnam War, in the 60s.
The uneven twill employed in the Works collection - smoother than the traditional one - is called Broken Twill and it was originally invented for jeans. This fabric is also used in workwear because of its durability, counterbalanced by smoothness. Most vulcanised shoes are made from classic canvas, but the Broken Twill gifts the Works range with a similar durability and an elegant look. The new addition is the yarn-dyed salt and pepper, which was used for the 50s French workwear jackets, also known as atelier coats; this season, it is proposed in subtle, sandy and greenish colour shades.
This season, the Deck range is headed towards a more streetwear direction, taking inspiration from the skaters’ chino trousers from the 90s. The chino fabric is composed by a blend of cotton and polyester and it’s proposed in deep forest green, brown and grayish blue, all of them featuring gum coloured foxing.
The attention to detail that characterises the collection pays tribute to a hundred years of experience that Superga has in shoe manufacturing. The classic, textured bumper is turned 45° compared to the usual, giving it a “diamond” appearance. The foxing is glued to the upper with a fudge wheel, which guarantees excellent adherence. The cotton shoelaces feature a waxed effect for extra grip and durability. This collection’s heel patch logo has been designed to echo the one of Superga tennis shoes from the ‘50s and provides the new silhouettes with an authentic look. A dedicated, clean and elegant package completes the project.
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