The Experimental Nature of Stone Island

Fashion meets function with the Italian fashion house's newest prototype research series.


Founded in 1982, apparel brand Stone Island is known for their culture of research, experimentation, and usability. A symbol of fiber and textile research, the label is renowned in terms of their innovative designs, which have a focus on uniforms and workwear.

Innovation within fashion goes one step further thanks to Stone Island’s design philosophy, which has contributed to the likes of jackets constructed of nylon monofilaments deriving from water filtration technology, color-changing thermo-sensitive fabrics, featherweight polyester cloth coated with stainless steel film, and non-woven materials such as Kevlar and polyester felt.



With Stone Island, the motive behind their clothing is never just merely the aesthetics—this is overwhelmingly abundant in the brand’s ongoing prototype research series that feature fabrics and finishes originating from experimentation processes that have not yet been industrialized. Their most recent development, the Multiaxial Project exhibition, is currently being displayed at Milan Design Week. 



The Multiaxial Project, which is the eighth series of the prototype research, borrows fabric from state-of-the-art industrial techniques. Working with three partners from the automotive, boating, and sports sectors—Selcom Group, De-Ca Stamp, and Fait Plast, respectively—Stone Island’s newest project is founded on a multiaxial linen textile base. Featuring needle-cohesion, inkjet printing, and double lamination of aliphatic polyurethane film, the industrial textiles have been evolved into wearable garments.



Inspired by Stone Island’s very first collection and versatile military garments, the Multiaxial Project collection consists of cape-like workwear garments that incorporate the brand’s iconic logo. The apparel will be available to customers at select Stone Island stores on May 28th.