One of the most interesting examples of the fusion between classical tailoring and hi-tech sportswear is provided by the blazer with zip-away bib, developed by Boggi Milano in order to give a single garment multiple functions and styles. The bib can be unzipped and removed, and in this case the jacket becomes a conventional blazer, a smart garment in 100% wool hopsack mesh woven by the prestigious Italian textile company Vitale Barberis Canonico. Its tailored style, with its notch lapels, lightly padded shoulders and internal lining panels, can transform a jeans-and-shirt look into an impeccable smart casual outfit.
Zip-away bib for multiple functions
The bib insert in super-lightweight technical textile is quick and easy to attach using the lateral zips and a button at the collar. When it is in position, it adds extra warmth by virtue of the padding, and it also provides an additional layer of style, transforming the smart casual blazer into something sportier. The effect is comparable to that of wearing a quilted vest under a jacket, but this would add a lot of extra volume that could mar the blazer’s tailored, slimline looks. In practice the zip-away bib provides a way of dressing up or down a smart casual look, with a degree of informality that can be adjusted simply by zipping it up higher or lower. The bib’s stand-up collar incorporates a pull-out hood that provides protection in the case of a sudden spring shower, while also representing another element of streetwise cool.
Extra layer, extra style
The zip-away bib is a feature that reflects one of the dominant themes of the Spring/Summer 2019 season, the fusion between classical styles and sportswear influences. In fact, the idea of removable bib inserts developed from the sportswear concept of a windproof, rainproof outer shell with a soft inner quilted garment for warmth. In Boggi Milano’s version, the bib insert is present purely under the front placket, providing extra protection in this location where penetration by cold air is more probable.
A highlight of the Boggi Milano Spring/Summer 2019 collection, this blazer is like buying two garments for the price of one. Its detailing is beautifully executed, with a canvas insert inside the collar, and a blue Alcantara panel bearing the metal Boggi lettering logo. It is available online and in store.