We’ve talked quite a bit about the C.P. Company 50th anniversary, or ‘Cinquanta’ to give it’s much cooler official moniker. Well on Friday we were lucky enough to get up close and personal with the festivities by heading down to London to attend a panel talk and retrospective.
There were plenty of classic jackets from the archives for aficionados to feast their eyes on, including pieces by Massimo Osti, founder of C.P. Company; Moreno Ferrari, the brand’s Creative Director at the turn of the Millenium and long-standing designers, Paul Harvey and Alessandro Pungetti.
The panel talk focused on a subject matter we can certainly attest to, the popularity of C.P. Company and its cultural relevance in the North of England. Hosted by David Hellqvist from Document Studios, the panel featured Lorenzo Osti, President of C.P. Company; Professor Andrew Groves, Director of the Westminster Menswear Archive; Gary Aspden, Curator and Designer of adidas Spezial; and Friend of the brand, Neil Munn.
If you’re sitting there reading this feeling a bit put out that a discussion about the North was held in London, fret not. An extensive retrospective will be held in Darwen, Lancashire, from 1st October to 10th October 2021, as part of the British Textile Biennial 2021 programme. An arrangement of activities will run alongside the exhibition, including student workshops and panel talks.
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