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YOOX NET-A-PORTER and The Prince's Foundation supporting future generations of artisans.

From the union of sartorial know-how and digital research comes a special collection designed in Italy and made in the United Kingdom by young Italian and British talents, ready to redesign the idea of luxury by making it sustainable and modern.

The collection

Crafted by hand

18 exclusive pieces made by hand using natural and organic materials of the highest quality, from suppliers selected according to sustainable principles. No synthetic fibres, only cashmere and wool from Scotland, and ecological silk made in Italy from a completely traceable supply chain.

The concept

Craftsmanship meets Artificial Intelligence

The garments, available exclusively on YOOX, Net-A-Porter, MR PORTER and The Outnet, were developed by giving selected students access to avant-garde digital practices. Just like a classic apprenticeship Big data and artificial intelligence share knowledge, two modern tools able to guide the design process by indicating needs expressed by clients.

The inspiration

Da Vinci in the details

The planning of the collection came about during the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Symbolic of the union between art and science, he inspired the clean, simple lines of the garments, enriched by the unmistakable motif of Leonardo’s knots. Pleating, smocking and architectural details are other tributes to the Italian genius and his studies of draping.

The artisans

Italian and British talents

The Modern Artisan took form thanks to ten students: six Italian designers that planned the collection from the studios of the Politecnico di Milano, and four young British artisans who took care of the creation of each garment.

ABOUT THE PRINCE'S FOUNDATION

The Prince's Foundation is an educational charity created in 1986 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It teaches traditional artisanal skills, such as designing and creating sustainable homes, neighbourhoods or community centres. The proceeds from this special collection will support the foundation’s educational programmes.