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Monday, 08 March 2021 16:01

MR PORTER SS21 Barena Exclusive

barena mr porter exclusive menswear to buy whichMr. P. launches sixteen exclusive products from Barena. Mr Sandro Zara inspired by the rich style heritage of his home city of Venice, produces unique, elegant collections brimming with character. All production takes place in Italy with acute attention to detail.

The sixteen exclusive pieces have been specifically designed for MR PORTER. Highlights include a unstructured cotton and linen-blend jersey blazer, a shawl-collar linen-jersey T-shirt and a pair of linen and cotton-blend shorts.

Prices range from £150 - £465

TheChicGeek says, “Forget designer labels for value for money. The quality is pretty rubbish from most ‘lusury’ brands right now. If you want great fabrics made with traditional Italian love with a contemporary update, then look no further than Barena. I’ve bought lots of things from them and they’re all great.”

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 22:56

Label To Know CINI Venezia

Label to know cini venezia sandro zaraDid you know Barena has a grown-up brother called CINI Venezia? Neither did I until I stumbled across the CINI stand at the January 2020 Pitti Uomo, and because CINI has Venezia - Venice - in its logo, I said the only other Venetian menswear label I knew was Barena, I’m a big fan, and they told me this was part of the same company and was their more premium offering. (Barena has built up a loyal following for its quality, well priced and thoughtfully stylish Italian menswear amongst a certain group of discerning men.) 

Left - Cini Venezia - Coat Burchione Piave Black - €730

The original mill, Lanificio CINI, was founded in the 1830 by Augusto and Giacomo Cini as a humble workshop producing cloth and coarse blankets. 

Label to know cini venezia sandro zaraThis is still the foundation of the collection of Italian-made outerwear. Barena founder Sandro Zara - he also owns the Venetian cloak maker Il Tabarro - bought the Lanificio CINI woollen mill, which was formerly based in Vittorio Veneto, after using it as a supplier for many years. It came complete with an incredible archive which the CINI family maintained. From fabric swatches, to astute weaving dimensions, patterns and cloth experiments, everything was kept meticulously in its original state.

CINI Venezia, the brand, first appeared in 2012 and references historical Italian menswear styles in a darker and more conservative palette than Barena's. Prices reflect the quality of the cloth.

Right - Cini Venezia - Coat Duemezzo Piave Navy - €1150

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