Stone Island Archivio ‘982-‘012 30th Anniversary Ebook
Printed as a companion e-book to the current Stone Island 30 exhibition held in Florence, Archivio is a magnificent pictorial history of the brand’s first 30 years. Billed as ‘A Photographed Edit of the Stone Island Archive’, the ebook is a excellent collection of pieces drawn from the Archive and features over 300 full color shots, every accompanied by description textual content in 3 languages (Italian, English and French) protecting fabric composition – effectively an enormous historical ‘Look Book’.
The e book also features a foreword by Carlo Rivetti, Inventive Designer of Stone Island, plus an essay on ‘Thirty Years of Stone Island and the Challenge Going through New Italian-Type Business’ written by Italian sociologist and journalist, Francesco Morace. A stone island junior red jacket full index of the 307 items featured, a lot of which were not on show at the Stazione Leopalda anniversary show, concludes the work.
Guide conception was the brainchild of Simon Foxton and Nick Griffiths, the British inventive duo who had been behind the Florence exhibition, the latter also chargeable for the pictures in the ebook. They have done a beautiful job. It is a lavish, top quality manufacturing – the e-book has 654 12.5” x 9.5” pages and is hardbound with a PVC dust cowl featuring the well-known Stone Island compass badge. Weighing in at a not inconsiderable 6kg, it also has its personal cardboard carry case.
Printed by Italian firm, SilvanaEditoriale, Archivio features a dramatic mix of the revolutionary, most iconic, weird and simply plain beautiful items from across three many years. It was on sale for €120 at the Florence occasion, and came with a commemorative t-shirt and exhibition poster.
Given there are only a few literary works dedicated to the brand’s historical past, for any Stone Island enthusiast this can be a should-have volume. Though the likes of Amazon and Waterstone’s are currently taking pre-orders, it’s presently unclear whether this guide shall be generally out there through booksellers in the UK or was only a limited print produced as a list for the recent exhibition. Anybody eager about obtaining a duplicate would be well-suggested to contact their native stockist or the flagship retailer in Brewer Street, London for the newest info.