In the spring of 2021, Care of Carl launches a larger collection of products exclusively developed in collaboration with some of their leading Italian suppliers under the concept name Gioia di Vivere - a tribute to the passion and joy that Italians feel for craftsmanship, quality and effortless style.
Few suppliers rhyme more with this than the traditional Valstar, a supplier of quality jackets since 1911. With innovative materials and craftsmanship, Valstar has positioned themselves among the foremost in tailored, Italian outerwear. Perhaps best known for its iconic Valstarino - a stylish interpretation of the traditional A1 pilot jacket, which has been hailed as one of the 99 greatest Italian design icons, including names such as Fiat, Gio Ponti and Vespa.
The Valstarino jacket has been with Care of Carl since the brand was introduced in the store in 2018 and is among the most iconic products in the range. The unique collaboration that has now been launched is a result of the relationship between Care of Carl and Valstar that has been built up over the years and which has resulted in an interest in experimenting with how Care of Carl had interpreted the popular product. With the utmost respect for Valstar, and the design process which has been worked in for 120 years, combined with elements from the e-commerce experience and knowledge that Care of Carl possesses about its customers, a model was developed that balances tradition and innovation, and which is as relevant today as in 50 years.
The result of the collaboration was not one, but two, unique models - a fully knitted version of the Valstarino jacket, in 100% soft and compact Cashwool® from Zegna Baruffa. A light, elegant and incredibly useful everyday garment, both inside and out. In addition, the collaboration is completely unique, and something similar has never been done before during Valstarinon's 86-year history.
- When Care of Carl approached us with the wonderful idea of making an exclusive capsule together, I was very honored. We accepted immediately because we share the same values - we value the best materials, quality before quantity, as well as iconic garments that can be worn for a lifetime. Each individual Valstarino in this capsule is a work of love, solid craftsmanship and a product created from over 100 years of experience, says Matteo Bozzalla, CEO of Valstar.
Based on the good result with the knitted model, another idea arose - to combine wool and suede in order to connect the iconic Valstarino from 1935 with the knitted variant. Using the same techniques and materials, a hybrid model was created with a body in the iconic suede quality combined with finely knitted parts such as sleeves and collar, which gives a more contemporary and sporty look. A model adapted for 2021, but which still respects the icon and the original values around quality, craftsmanship and timelessness.