Built for life

Stone Island’s latest technical developments explore ideas of density and structure
By Jake Hall | Fashion | 13 February 2020

Stone Island has spent the last few seasons crafting inventive new fabrics: from the paintball camo of FW19 to SS19’s heat-reactive textile, which transformed into a trippy, optical illusion when exposed to sunlight, the Italian label loves to try out new innovations.

SS20 is no different – but this time, the brand is exploring the concept of density through its designs. As always, the quest for the ultimate functional fabric continues: from nylon-cotton blends to jacquards with resin-coated interiors, the Italian company continues to strive for optimal innovation.

The result is a practical and colourful collection, which veers from lightweight parkas to more heavyweight knits. As always, a desire to play with different shapes and effects creates a series of slick, functional pieces, while a new Compact treatment is created via highly compacted nylon cotton that maintains a high level of rigidity – meaning garments retain their structure for longer.


Craftsmanship takes centre-stage – unsurprisingly, as the brand’s attention to detail and rigorous processes make them one of the industry’s most trusted. Sturdy and long-lasting, but with a future-facing twist: it’s this formula that keeps the legacy of Stone Island alive.

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