Printed as a companion e book to the current Stone Island 30 exhibition held in Florence, Archivio is a magnificent pictorial historical past of the brand’s first 30 years. Billed as ‘A Photographed Edit of the Stone Island Archive the book is a excellent collection of items drawn from the Archive and options over 300 full color pictures, each accompanied by description text in 3 languages (Italian, English and French) masking fabric composition – successfully a giant historic ‘Look Book
The guide additionally options a foreword by Carlo Rivetti, Creative Designer of Stone Island, plus an essay on ‘Thirty Years of Stone Island and the Problem Dealing with New Italian-Model Business written by Italian sociologist and journalist, Stone Island Francesco Morace. A full index of the 307 pieces featured, lots of which were not on show at the Stazione Leopalda anniversary show, concludes the work.
Ebook conception was the brainchild of Simon Foxton and Nick Griffiths, the British creative duo who have been behind the Florence exhibition, the latter additionally chargeable for the pictures in the book. They’ve accomplished a wonderful job. It is a lavish, top quality production – the e-book has 654 12.5 x 9.5 pages and is hardbound with a PVC dust cowl that includes the famous Stone Island compass badge. Weighing in at a not inconsiderable 6kg, it additionally has its own cardboard carry case.
Published by Italian firm, SilvanaEditoriale, Archivio options a dramatic mix of the progressive, most iconic, weird and simply plain beautiful items from throughout three decades. It was on sale for 20 at the Florence event, and came with a commemorative t-shirt and exhibition poster.
Given there are very few literary works devoted to the brand’s history, for any Stone Island enthusiast this is a must-have volume. Though the likes of Amazon and Waterstone’s are presently taking pre-orders, it’s at the moment unclear whether or not this ebook will probably be usually obtainable via booksellers in the UK or was only a limited print produced as a list for the latest exhibition. Anybody desirous about obtaining a replica could be properly-advised to contact their local stockist or the flagship store in Brewer Avenue, London for the most recent information.