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Slowear | Focus on What You Know.

Aug 3rd, 2011 | Categories: Italy, Menswear | by Michael Williams

My whole life my father has done his best to drill certain lessons into me, to pass along some of his hard won knowledge to make my journey wiser and easier than his. As I started building a business he was always tell me to “focus on what you know,” a lesson that has served me well over the years. It is also a concept I subscribe to in general. To do what you do best. This concept is also something in practice at a company I have become very interested in, Slowear.

With all of my trips to Italy this year I fell in love with the set-up and execution of Slowear. To better understand the concept I pulled some info from the company website:

We believe that the only way to do something well is to have the right expertise. That’s why the four brands that make up the group – Incotex, Zanone, Glanshirt and Montedoro – are all founded on the principle of specialization.

The umbrella brand “Slowear” encompasses the four main aspects of a man’s wardrobe (they also sell women’s clothes) through four individual labels that each focus on different product categories. The pants for Slowear are produced by Incotex (who is highly regarded as one of the best pant makers in the world), Zanone makes the knits, Glanshirt the shirts and Montedoro the jackets. It is sort of like a co-op of four old complimentary companies that got together to pool resources and present a unified collection. Under this sort of arrangement each can focus on what they do best and at the same time avoid pushing into areas of the business outside of their expertise. It’s a wonderful concept, and as mentioned earlier, one that resonates with me on many levels, as a consumer and as a business person.

Slowear has a few stores in Italy and one in Paris, which doesn’t do much for anyone that lives here in America. But much to my pleasure I learned recently that Slowear will have a big presence at Barneys New York this coming fall. That makes Slowear one of the many cool brands that I have come across recently that will be newly available at Barneys later this year. Have to give the people over there credit for their focus. [Slowear]

Photos of the Slowear S/S12 collection from Pitti Uomo below.

Comments: 13

13 Comments to “Slowear | Focus on What You Know.”

  1. StriversRowUSA
    on Aug 3rd, 2011
    @ 2:25 PM

    Love those jackets. Classic style, and the materials look really solid.

  2. RyanZ
    on Aug 3rd, 2011
    @ 3:57 PM

    I definitely like the subdued colors – they feel masculine and unpretentious. However, leave the colors in the first picture for woman’s clothing!

  3. ryan
    on Aug 3rd, 2011
    @ 4:02 PM

    those chambrays are golden. awesome stuff.

    “slow but steady.”

  4. Eric
    on Aug 3rd, 2011
    @ 4:21 PM

    That madras plaid is killer. Beautiful gear.

  5. mat buckets
    on Aug 3rd, 2011
    @ 6:32 PM

    all looks good to me

  6. matthew langley
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 12:42 AM

    That orange/rust jacket is a winner.

  7. reteptterrab
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 1:47 AM

    Should be called “Dreamwear”. Looks like incredible stuff and I really appreciate their brand ethos.

  8. Ray Hull
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 9:37 AM

    Nice looking, high-Q stuff. Only regret is that Glanshirt didn’t do some diligence before selecting that name. That’s not using their, um, head.

  9. Tobeinstyle
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 3:32 PM

    I really love the solid color coats. It looks great and its high quality. :)

  10. Albert
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 4:26 PM

    Unfortunately, not the company it used to be. The specialization was – not anymore – true only for Incotex, the other brands are almost insignificants.

  11. R4L
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 1:49 PM

    I am addicted to Incotex troursers and Montedore Jackets. Excellent product.

  12. Mads
    on Aug 7th, 2011
    @ 1:15 PM

    Looks great! How is the sizing though? According to Mr. Porter the knits run a bit small. Does the same go for the jackets?

  13. Sam
    on Aug 18th, 2011
    @ 5:15 AM

    What a good idea to combine to pool strengths, clicked through to the site to look at the fall and winter collection definitely be interesting to see what they get in Barneys as their website is a little hard to use.