AS65 was designed in Winter 2014 thanks to an idea of Alessandro Squarzi and his innate passion for vintage.
Alessandro, born in Forlì in 1965, has always loved looking for vintage garments and thinking about their stories since he was young. In his view, every single vintage item has its own legacy, hence he decided to use only original military garments to create AS65 parkas. Some years ago, during a trip to New York, while he was visiting some vintage markets in Brooklyn, Alessandro’s attention was drawn by a very beautiful vintage parka of the American army. He gave it as a present to his wife who wore it with a fur vest. His unmistakable instinct for fashion immediately acknowledged the irresistible combination of a glamorous fur with the esthetic power of a military garment which created a very original lifestyle concept.
The long search for original American parkas of the 1950s to be brought to Italy and transformed into luxurious unique items started on that day. Nowadays, parkas with or without fur are must-have garments both for men and women of every age. They are unique items to be worn in every occasion; if matched with a dress, they are perfect solution to have a luxurious, street or chic look. Despite of the military name, AS65 parkas are enriched with sumptuous furs and they represent a highly sophisticated idea of luxury combined with the everyday metropolitan style.
HOW ARE AS65 PARKAS DESIGNED?
Every parka has to go a long path in order to become an AS65 parka…
1 LONG SEARCH
Finding original military parkas is not an easy task and the story of every AS65 parka starts here, from the search for them.
Once the parka has been found, it must be scalded and washed with special techniques according to the needs: it can be treated to get a tie-dye dark and moiré effect or bleached for more material colours.
3 WEARABILITY AND SIZES
Since they are used by the soldiers of an army, vintage parkas are available in very big sizes. Thus, every single parka must be refashioned in order to obtain modern shapes which are suitable both for men and for women. After being “restored” and embroidered, they still keep their unmistakable style and become unique garments.
4 EXPERIENCED FURRIERS
Once the parka has been remodeled, the experienced AS65 furriers are ready to make this garment an extremely luxurious and perfect item to be used on Winter days all around the world. Fox, wolf, coyote and sumptuous sable furs are processed by the best Italian craftsmen and even shaving techniques vary from a model to model: they can be more minimal for men’s models and more sumptuous for women’s ones. All AS65 parkas have the “MADE in ITALY” label.
5 QUALITY CONTROL
After the military garment has been transformed into a must-have luxurious street- style item, every AS65 parka is subjected to strict quality control procedures.
AS65 is having great success both on the European and the Asian markets and it is drawing the attention of those who can appreciate the charm of vintage items combined with made-in-Italy excellence.
Every AS65 parka tells a story…and now, yours is about to start.