Find Out How Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta Woven Leather Range For Men Is Made
Zegna builds on its heritage through the use of leather in fabric weaving.
Leather weaving has for many years been seen as a way to give texture to an otherwise unremarkable piece of leather. The thing about woven leather though, is that it is usually extremely thick and heavy. Italian fashion house Zegna’s latest innovation, Pelle Tessuta, challenges the notions associated with woven leather. The secret of Pelle Tessuta lies not just in the way it is made, but in the brand’s illustrious history of fabric and leather production.
In 1910, the Lanificio Zegna wool mill was founded by the brand’s namesake, Ermenegildo Zegna. Since then, it has become famous as the producer of some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world. But fabric isn’t the only material Zegna produces on its own. In 2002, Zegna took over Longhi, a luxury leather apparel manufacturer, and started a joint venture with the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, called ZeFer. It later took control of ZeFer in 2013. In 2014, Zegna established the Zegna leather mill, which houses all the research, development and production arms of its leather accessories. This heritage of fabric and leather production puts Zegna in a class of its own.
Pelle Tessuta is the latest evolution of this heritage. Instead of resting on its laurels, the company decided to push the boundaries of what it could do with its existing inventory. Used liberally in the creation of its bags, shoes and other accessories, Zegna’s Spring Summer 2016 collection is the first to feature Pelle Tessuta.
Using fine Nappa leather strips in place of fabric yarns, Zegna is able to create a flexible fabric by replicating traditional cloth weaving. Similar to cloth weaving, this method produces a smooth, pliable and lightweight fabric, but in full-grain Nappa leather. The result is a stunningly textured leather fabric embodying the best the brand has to offer.
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