The Stone Island Camouflage connection goes all the way back to 1989. Now over 30 years later the camo connection of the Italian sportswear label is just as strong as it ever was.
Stone Island is more than just picking a fabric, a colour and slamming the classic compass patch on the left arm. Honestly there aren’t many brands that put as much time and effort into their pieces as Stone Island do. Looking back at the Italian sportswear brands’ rich history of using camouflage across their designs, it just shows us that the Stone Island Camouflage connection is just as relevant today as it first was way back in 1989.
Ever since the beginning fabric was the priority for the founder of Stone Island. Founded by the Godfather of sportswear himself, Massimo Osti in 1982, Stone Island was one of the first brands to have reflective, colour-changing and heat reactive designs on their clothing. Osti also pioneered the a revolutionary method of dyeing garment, for a broader spectrum of colour. Utilising Osti’s garment dyeing innovation with a clear military driven aesthetic there’s one design that’s been a reoccurring favourite for Stone Island…camouflage.
Stone Island first put camo on their ‘Ice Jacket’ for the SS‘089 and again for the SS’090 collection. The camo, which was US Woodland inspired, also appears on other pieces like the AW ‘010’011 Ice Jacket. About ten years later, for the AW ‘999’000 collection, Stone Island showed us their own take on a camo design.
The ‘Raso Gommato Camo Cover Transparent’ jacket showed that Stone Island were able to innovate the camo print too. With a jacket constructed from one of the legendary Stone Island fabrics, Raso, you could already here see clear similarities to the AW ‘17’18 ‘Grid’ camo design that would release as much as 18 years later.
‘Stoney’ continued to release camouflage decorated pieces throughout their collections. For the AW’07’08 collection a ‘Hand-painted’ camouflage design was featured followed by the return of the ‘Ice Camo’ for the AW’10’11 collection. The following 8 years the Stone Island team included some of the most iconic designs, both classic and innovative camouflages hit the stores and the online shelves.
For AW’14’15 we saw the release of a subtle, hand painted ‘Tortoise Shell’ camo design being. Featuring shades of orange, red and black several pieces were released. All built up by the ‘Raso Gommato’ fabric.
The year after Stone Island went for a more classic print as they presented the ‘Flowing Water’ camouflage for the SS’15 collection. This design featured yet another ‘Woodland’ looking camo inspired by an Indonesian camouflage design from the 1960s. The design appeared on several different pieces and in multiple colourways including a reflective jacket during the 2015 season.
It wasn’t until more recently that Stone Island gave us some of their most bold and vibrant camo designs to date. With the SS’18 ‘Alligator’ camo kicking it all off we could yet again see “Stoneys” superiority when it comes to creating new patterns and interesting colourways. The scaly pattern is however a lot more advanced than meets the eye.
Having taken inspiration from Polish army archives the print was hand-painted, photographed and then printed through a series of different printing techniques. A six colour printing process was used in order to create the right colour and texture to the design.
W’18 featured a bold capsule decorated by a ‘White Tiger’ camouflage. The print, inspired by the Asian white tiger, was made from nylon-cotton tela and treated a similar six colour printing process used for the ‘Alligator Camo’. The monochromatic jacket featured in the capsule has been completed with a polyurethane coating that gives the piece a shimmering effect. PrimaLoft® technology was also used to keep you warm and cosy.
Stone Island’s collaborations with Supreme have always been highly anticipated and appreciated. For Supremes SS ’19 collection we saw a collab filled with tactical-wear inspired pieces dressed in subtle camouflage in black, red, coral and light blue, while innovative fabrics deliver water and wind resistance. The collection included garments like the Riot Mask jacket, cargo pants & a tactical vest.
As many of you already know the previous collection, AW ‘19’20 featured yet another camo capsule in the form of the ‘Paintball’ camo. As insinuated by the name the camouflage was made by shooting colour at the garments creating a “messy” yet very interesting design. As every piece was separately shot at, every piece in this capsule is unique with its own pattern. Also unique for this capsule is that the Stone Island badge too is camo decorated as it was attached to the garments at the point of painting.
Which brings us on to more present times and one of the more recent camouflages “Stoney” put on the table, for the SS ’20 collection. The ‘Desert’ camo featured a range of garments from bomber jackets to bucket hats decorated by a black, red, white and pink ‘Woodland’ inspired camouflage design. The “Camo Dévoré Watro” design quickly followed the Desert camo drop and utilised a three colour pigment print which was achieved through a double recipe dyeing process.
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