American and Italian Fashion

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 12.09.44 PM       The company I want to investigate is Everlane, which is an American company whose headquarter are in San Francisco, California. Although being identified as an American fashion brand, this company sells specific products that are “Made in Italy” or “100% Italian feather,” according to the product descriptions. It well represents a combination of American and Italian fashion. I’m always curious about and interested in what “Italian fashion” means and represents in nowadays’ globalized fashion market. Especially how the classical Italian idea of fashion “sprezzatura” (effortlessly chic) is involved in the design of an Italian style fashion product. When I found this brand, I thought my questions were dissolved. The Italian leather products of Everlane explains what Italian fashion is very clearly. Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 12.16.30 PM Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 12.16.44 PM
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Every pair of shoes this company designs has a very simple outline and is meant to be comfortable to wear. Each shoe seems to speak to the consumers that if you buy it, your life will get easier and your life quality will be leveled up. The brand advertises heavily on how comfortable and simple its shoes are. To facilitate the comfortability of its shoe line, the company focuses a lot on the quality of the raw materials, using minimum decorations on their products to make sure they maintain the texture of their raw materials, which coincides with the reading “Italian Fashion Designers in Hollywood” we read in Stanfill’s book about Italian fashion and what we’ve discussed with Del Conca from the Italian tile company. In the meantime, the brand also absorbs some American elements into its designs. For example, one type of shoes often comes with various color choices for consumers who want a variety of colors in their shoe cabinet instead of just black and white. Also, the models who wear these shoes appear to be very brisk, which is more Americanized and very different from some poker faces that we usually see on some high-end fashion brand models. This not only displays how comfy these shoes are but also balances the formal feeling brought by the designs of the shoes. 

Besides shoes, the company also has a whole line of Italian leather bags. All bags are made in Prato, Italy, and purely made of Italian leather. Like the shoes, the bags are also very Italianized in their designs. The bags are monochromic and can go with any style and color of one’s outfit. This coincides with the core idea “sprezzatura” in Italian fashion.Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 11.59.51 AM

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 12.38.05 PMScreen Shot 2019-03-12 at 12.37.52 PM        Besides all the awesome products Everlane produces, the company is also very transparent about its production and pricing. You can see what the factories are like and how much each procedure of the production costs. Everlane views itself as neither a fast fashion company nor a high-end retailing company. Its products are medium-priced and the prices are relatively reasonable. It charges money for the good raw materials it uses and sophisticated labors it hires. The company aims to make fashion more affordable, transparent, and environmental-friendly. Its transparency character comes from its globalization identity since neither American nor Italian fashion companies have adopted this transparency character before Everlane.
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Overall, Everlane is an amazing online retailing mono-brand fashion company. It attracts a lot of loyal customers by its high-quality Italian raw materials, its simple and practical designs, and its transparency towards the production.

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