Dressing for hot weather is arguably all about fabric. It’s no use investing in a new summer shirt if the material isn’t soft, breathable and above all else, comfortable. Pick something that’s too heavy and you’ll feel stifled before you even leave the house. Luckily, this where Luca Faloni comes in. The Italian brand is renowned for its fabrications, working with some of the world’s finest mills to produce fibres that are as soft against the skin as they are lightweight and durable.
From luxurious silk-cotton blends to soft cotton pique, Luca Faloni produces timeless wardrobe essentials that’ll keep you looking as cool as you feel. Its designs are classic and each piece – from its perfectly-cut linen shirts to its tailored polos – is finished by expert craftspeople, resulting in garments built to last a lifetime. What’s more, the brand’s range is extensive, meaning whatever you’re after, whether it’s for summer office wear or a jaunt across the Mediterranean, it’s got you covered.
So which fabrics and pieces should you be investing in this season? Below you will find our top five picks from the Luca Faloni Timeless collection.
1. Silk-Cotton Shirt
Hand-finished in northern Italy, this fine-knit shirt is crafted from a blend of silk and cotton jersey, woven in Piedmont. Silk imbues the fabric with its unique softness and lustrous sheen, while cotton adds a durability and natural stretch, resulting in a garment that drapes beautifully, whether worn open over swim shorts or buttoned up with chinos.
A natural performance fabric, the cloth helps regulate body temperature, keeping you cool, while the classic design and cutaway collar give it a distinctive elegance that’s lost on inferior shirts.
2. Cotton Pique Shirt
For something slightly more relaxed and sportier, try a pique cotton shirt. A luxurious take on the fabric most closely associated with the polo shirt, this design is made in Bergamo by some of the finest artisans in Italy.
Lightweight, soft and breathable, it’s incredibly comfortable and the ideal in-between piece. Dress it up with a blazer and trousers or play it cool with shorts and minimal sneakers for a look that’s perfect for a summer holiday in the sun.
3. Linen-Jersey Polo
If you’re not a fan of how 100% linen crinkles, consider a linen-jersey mix. This blended fibre marries the breathability of linen with the structure and durability of cotton jersey, stopping the polo from wrinkling while ensuring it remains soft against the body.
Cut in a classic short sleeve design and featuring a tailored slim fit and slightly structured cutaway collar, it would look just as good in the office layered under a blazer as would with swim shorts by the pool.
4. Lightweight Cotton Chinos
Cut with a mid rise and subtly tapered fit that narrows down to the ankle, these chinos might just be the ultimate smart casual trouser. But the fabric is what elevates them further.
Made in northern Italy from a lightweight whipcord cotton, they’re surprisingly breathable, while the 3% elastane blend makes them unbeatably comfortable.
5. Silk-Cashmere Zip-Up
Cashmere is already one of the softest fabrics in existence, but combine it with silk and it’s taken to the next level. Incredibly lightweight and with a lustrous handle, this zip up is ideal for cool spring and summer evenings, combining perfectly with a collared shirt or polo.
Wear it directly on the skin though and you’ll feel the true benefit of this rare Cariaggi Collection fibre, which has been woven by skilled Italian artisans.
A paid partnership with Luca Faloni – words and opinion Ape’s own.