Item 2019.110 - C.P. Company Orange Transformables Shoulderpack

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C.P. Company Orange Transformables Shoulderpack


  • 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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Designer Moreno Ferrari joined C.P. Company in 1997 and developed the Urban Protection range. In 2000 he created the Transformables line, a conceptual collection of pieces which transformed from one garment type to another or from a garment to an object such as a tent, a kite or an armchair.

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Hooded gilet or waistcoat transformable. It can be converted into a shoulderpack - rucksack - through a system of zips, hooks and loops. Made of orange 'Crystal Wind' nylon mesh, originally coated in a translucent rubberised material bonded to the mesh. It has taped seams and pockets. On the back is the Transformables logo '000 C.P.' in a silver reflective material which has been hot-pressed onto the mesh.

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Label: ART. 3218G208 / VAR. 0032 /TG 50
Material: 64% Polyurethane / 36% Nylon [fabric made by Schoeller]
The original bonded coating has been removed from the mesh base.

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C.P. Company

Some of the most conceptual ideas of modern menswear were developed by C.P. Company in 2000 as part of the Transformables range. It included coats that metamorphosised into sleeping bags, tents, chairs, and even kites. This lightweight orange gilet is manufactured in Crystal Wind, a rubberised windproof and rainproof nylon fabric which can be transformed into a backpack.

Archive no. 2019.110

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