IT’S funny how when you see some things you just know where they have been born, well that is exactly what I felt when I first set eyes on Esemplare.
The clothes (jumpers and jackets) just screamed Italy and Italian winter design, I could even imagine former Italian downhill skiing legend Alberto Tomba donning these fabulous garments, but there is also one very good reason why they should scream Italy and Italian design, because Gail Sorronda former head designer at CP Company is one of the main players behind the new label.
Taking the lead from what was originally a wonderful label, Esemplare brings some of the CP Company feel that the clothes definitely befit the man, they become part of each wearer and reflect a part of the person wearing them, that’s how I always feel about them and get the same impression and feel with Esemplare.
The jackets are both usable and stylish, with the Jack coat, which comes in a light and darker grey colouring and strong raised collar and removable hood looks like something that would save your life in the winter months. It also has an inner wool body, which is also detachable. It’s slim fit only enhances the chest pocket cut, while the treated wax body ensures constant comfort whatever the weather.
The Leshe coat is a classic two-tone wool mix jacket, that is a delight in grey with black shoulders and arms. Again with a removable inner body warmer, this offering is not the all-weather dominator that the Jack is, but what a fabulous piece.
The jumpers remind of a snow Leopards colourings in a mixture of grey, black and white coming in a funnel neck, chunky knit jumper, named Hanibal, which is a superbly produced handmade garment, while the Giacca cardigan is a lighter open collar zip fronted and uses similar diamond patterns as the jumper with a ribbed grey collar and cuff finish.
Delightful, or should I say Bella?