La Pelle Tessuta: Woven leather like you've never seen before

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La Pelle Tessuta: Woven leather like you've never seen before
Ermenegildo Zegna has taken leather to another level — introducing the new woven nappa 'fabric'

Mention the words 'woven' and 'leather' in the same sentence, and the first thing that springs to mind is the age-old craft of hand-weaving thick strips of leather into a geometric cross-hatch pattern. Beautiful? Definitely. Pliable? For sure. A 'fabric'? Hardly so.

Enter: La Pelle Tessuta by Ermenegildo Zegna. Leveraging on its textile heritage — a young Ermenegildo Zegna founded the Lanificio Zegna wool mill in 1910 at just 18 years of age; emboldened with a vision to create fabrics that are "the most beautiful in the world" — this new icon for the luxury Italian house is created on a loom that, effectively, reproduces the 'fabric feel' by using extremely thin strips of nappa leather in place of fabric yarns.

Full-grain nappa leather is cut into 1.6 to 1.7mm strips, and then placed into a special loom in a warp position, before being interlaced with horizontal weft strips replicating the traditional method of weaving cloth. This exclusive manufacturing process results in a one-of-a-kind, supple, elastic, and lightweight leather 'fabric' that further cements Zegna at the vanguard of fabric innovation.     

Launched in conjunction with its spring/summer 2016 collection — which, rather aptly, is characterised by fluidity of movement and the blown-up cross-hatch pattern of Madras checks — Pelle Tessuta is now available in a range products that includes classic loafers, luxe sneakers, functional bags and briefcases, as well as a curated selection of small leather goods. Exclusive products that combine the skill of weaving, with the beauty of leather. All made in Italy. Why, of course.

Click on the slideshow below for our favourite Pelle Tessuta products. 


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Text: Norman Tan

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