We collaborated with our friends, Woolmark prize-winning duo, Strateas Carlucci to explore modern simplicity with a sustainably-sourced collaboration of tailored jackets and denim.
We believe that less is more and that a modern wardrobe consists of a few cornerstone staples: a great pair of jeans is one, a sharply tailored jacket is another. But tailored jackets don’t age as well as a good pair of jeans does, so we spoke with our friends Mario-Luca and Peter of internationally acclaimed duo Strateas Carlucci about creating a collection of tailored styles designed to get better with each wear. “The concept was to bridge the gap tween luxury tailoring and everyday staples, where you could seamlessly go from day to night or work to play", says Mario-Luca Carlucci of the collaboration, one half of Woolmark prize-winning duo Strateas Carlucci.
“We wanted to create garments that could be worn and lived in, like you would your favourite pair of denim. For our brand, it’s all about the construction and fit, that, coupled with Neuw’s organic-cotton fabric development was a perfect match.” We were inspired by the idea of a ‘modern-day uniform’ but we wanted to put our spin on it, and create garments that get better with time. So, we combined our approach to designing durable, creative workwear with Strateas Carlucci’s exquisite pattern-making and exceptional tailoring.
“Like denim, the tailoring is designed to age and mould to the wearer's body, making it uniquely your own. The way the fabric creases around the elbow, or how the collar sits or folds along the break line of the garment differs from one person to the next, which is what makes this jacket special. Both the blazer and jacket are tailored, but unlined, with beautifully bound seams without comprising structure or shape", explains Peter Strateas, “and the best part? It’s machine-washable!”
Like a Michelin-star restaurant hidden in a graffiti-laden laneway, the collaboration is luxury tailoring meets hardwearing modern workwear – a true celebration of the amazing city we both call home, Melbourne. “We design and make our collections entirely in Melbourne, working with the best local artisans and manufactures to produce world-class garments, locally. To collaborate with another Melbourne brand like Neuw is super special for us. There is symbiotic energy, which is unrivalled, as we both live and breathe everything local. From the creative culture to the local cafes and bars, there is a deep connection to this city that we both share.” says Carlucci.