KNT 2022-23 Fall-Winter

    The KNT laboratory never stops. An acronym for Kiton New Textures, the brand has been launched in 2018 at the behest of twins Mariano and Walter De Matteis, the third generation of the family, and represents the experimental soul of the Kiton group. Increasingly defined in its cosmopolitan identity, KNT has combined research into fibers, yarns, and workmanship with sophisticated and effortless designs.

    For the 2022/23 Autumn-Winter season, the collection keeps its always-on-the-go attitude adding noir echoed vibes and bright details. One of the most important is the new “sottovetro” fabric, light yet very resistant and abrasion-proof, it gives a special white reflection to the padded jackets. It immediately evokes the techno satin used in the 1990s, but here in a deluxe version.
    The sheen of the surface sometimes contrasts with the opacity of the waterproof wools (another new element of the season) which are mixed in some of the blousons. The palette is essential and almost always plain, as it is throughout the collection (except for a few melange, salt and pepper, windowpane, or maxi pixelated effect herringbone patterns) and it is made of blue, grey, black, brown, beige, and cream highlights.

    The active spirit is emphasized by the outerwear that, remaining precious, is rain and snow proof, perfect for the newfound frenetic metropolitan life but also the outdoors. The Nineties flair can also be found in the suits, crafted with the highest sartorial techniques in the Kiton tradition, made of sporty shirt-jackets and gym-like-trousers made of precious and exclusive wools. It is not about past trends, but about decoding and reinterpreting streetwear cornerstones in a mix with classic tailoring. Two worlds that now become one, just like it has been in the evolution of fashion for design and gender: the collection can be worn by both men and women depending on their personal style.

    Outerwear includes varsity jackets featuring the new maxi logo, now a must-have for the brand, cashmere fleece coats with hoods, “fake” double-breasted jackets with oversized shapes, and teddy jackets with a “furry” look. Knitwear is always very important, but the sweatshirts with the embossed logo are already instant classics, perfectly representing KNT’s deluxe street DNA.

    But the vision expands and, by joining the European FiberEUse project as an external exploiter, KNT begins its sustainable transition by embracing the concept of a circular economy. Coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Milan and thanks to the work of Studio Origoni Steiner, KNT has adopted the project that reuses fiberglass and carbon fiber-reinforced composites recovered from end-of-life products (wind turbines in this case), embracing it in the creation of the new furnishing concept (showrooms, shops, pop-up stores) presented last September during Design Week. It will give an exhibiting value to the collection that will be presented for the first time at Pitti Immagine.

    From the 11th to the 13th of January, Walter and Mariano De Matteis have been pleased to meet international journalists and buyers at the 101st edition of the world’s most important clothing fair. It will be possible to join them in the KNT “shuttle” positioned in the area in front of the Padiglione Centrale, a place where the values and languages of sustainability, metamorphosis and technological innovation come together in a unicum of beauty.

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