Photos: Katherine Lowe
Ermenegildo Zegna‘s youth-focussed Z Zegna has been topping my list of favourite international labels for quite some time. There’s something about the mix of suiting and tailored garments made up in informal cloths that appeals in a big way. Last season in Milan they showed a whole bunch of laundered, wrinkly, cotton double-breasted blazers that were quite possibly the coolest summer jacket option I’ve ever seen. Plus it’s all really slim off the rack which means no need for alterations. But the best thing about Z Zegna is that it’s one of the minutely few European luxury labels that is available here in New Zealand. And not just the accessories, the shoes or the ties – we have access to the entire clothing collection. Despite having one of the best menswear offerings available in the country, we very rarely see their clothes in editorials or magazines. I thought it was about time somebody got the word out. Zegna were kind enough to allow me to shoot inside their store and take a whole bunch of clothes home to shoot at the studio. Check it out below.
The Zegna flagship is on Queen Street and it sells a mixture of Ermenegildo Zegna (extremely high-end bespoke suiting), Z Zegna and Zegna Sport. An entry level Z Zegna suit starts out at around $1500 which makes it comparable in price to a made-to-measure suit from Working Style or Crane Brothers and slightly cheaper than an off the rack suit from Zambesi.
Besides the shoes (the black leather brogues are Loakes and the navy sneakers are Vans) and the bow tie (which is by Standard Issue) every garment I’m wearing is from the Z Zegna range.
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