Ballantyne & Philippe Starck
Charme Investments & A. Canessa
The worldwide famous desinger, Philippe Starck, chose the experience and the know how of Ballantyne, the prestigious international brand which since 1921 masters the most refined techniques in cashmere knitwear, to team up and to formulate a new project, a new brand - S+ARCK WITH BALLANTYNE - with an innovative proposal of "intelligent cashmere".
A combination of multi function garments with new ergonomics and contemporary fittings: the right cashmere, at the right time, for the right purpose.
S+ARCK WITH BALLANTYNE is an intelligent and useful collection composed of 30 pieces for men’s and 30 for women’s in line with the needs of modern life. It is aimed at people who cherish longevity and who appreciate elegance of the intelligence through innovative materials to pass on a modern heritage.
The materials and garments are all exclusively developed and researched at the Ballantyne Workshop in Innerleithen in Scotland, to exactly represent the timeless vision of Philippe Starck for this collection.
S+ARCK WITH BALLANTYNE collection are on sale since October 2009 in Ballantyne flagship stores and selected multi-brand stores.
Wet-out cashmere dominates, and is combined with technical fabrics. Silk linings for lighter garments make these pieces desirable objects with simple elegance. For colder seasons, jackets and coats are equipped with “teddy-bear” detachable waistcoats, whose pockets are deliberately camouflaged to maintain the purity of the silhouette.
Hoods on knitwear and on outwear, as well as fluorescent colors of some pieces, remind the double language of this collection full of humor. Some details, such as double-position collars, increases the out wear versatility and ergonomics.
S+ARCK WITH BALLANTYNE offers a complete wardrobe, including many different knitwear dresses that reveal peculiar details, some representing real inventions, and that found natural elegance, such as the men’s cashmere sweater that fit in a dynamic way of life.