Item 2016.050.1 - C.P. Company 'Beekeeper' Jacket

C.P. Company 'Beekeeper' Jacket C.P. Company 'Beekeeper' Jacket C.P. Company 'Beekeeper' Jacket

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C.P. Company 'Beekeeper' Jacket


  • 2000 (Creation)

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C.P. Company was initially called Chester Perry and founded in 1971 in Bologna, Italy by designer Massimo Osti (1944-2005). He sold to GFT (Gruppo Finanziario Tessile) in 1984 but stayed working with the company as a designer until 1994. In 1993 it was bought by Carlo Rivetti and became part of a larger group called Sportswear Company. Since 2015 C.P. Company has been owned by Tristate Holdings Limited.

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Asymmetrical zip fastening to front. Additional zip opening inserted into right raglan sleeve shoulder seam. Front features five large bellow pockets with flaps that close with velcro. Both sleeves have a bellow pocket also with velcro flap. Jacket back features two very large map pockets, one above each other.

Country of Design: Italy

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Cotton, Polyester and Polyurethane
ART No. 33187230/AS

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An example of this jacket featured in the C.P. Company 40th anniversary exhibition held at Pitti Uomo in Florence on 16 June 2015.


Invisible Men exhibition label:

C.P. Company

Designer outcomes based on research into military and utilitarian uniforms have led to the mass adoption of garments such as the army field jacket and the bomber jacket. However, this C.P. Company coat was developed from a Japanese beekeeper’s suit and aimed at a smaller die-hard audience that appreciates their more obscure designs.

Cotton, polyurethane
Archive no. 2016.050.1

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D.CP.14a - 2016

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