Friday, January 20, 2012
One of the trends at Pitti Uomo this year was another revival of Casentino cloth (available in the United States from Jodek International). A coating used in Tuscany since the 15th century for riding and hunting outerwear, Casentino cloth is inexpensive, rough, water resistant and warm. The roughness that distinguishes the stuff was once achieved by brushing the wool with a stone. Machinery is used today but the effect is the same.
Casentino is usually seen as an orange Ulster styled overcoat with a green lining and sometimes a fox collar on men, and green with an orange lining on women, though this is not set in stone. Audrey Hepburn wore the orange in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The video (in Italian) shows the process used to make it.
Posted by Will at 7:42 AM