By CP Company Store
Posted in Archive, on November 02, 2015
In 2009, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the infamous Mille Miglia jacket used throughout the iconic race during 1988-1989, C.P. Company invited Aitor Throup to design a unique piece. The ambition of the project was to create a piece that reflected the original garment's inherent functionality while bringing a more contemporary aesthetic to the design.
Aitor Throup's 1000m goggle jacket became a centrepiece of a special exhibition that C.P. Company hosted at their showroom in Milan during the 2009 International Furniture Fair. The exhibition was curated by Aitor and featured the 20th Anniversary piece as well as 20 Mille Miglia jackets selected from the C.P. Company archive.
The exhibition was highly regarded for its ingenuity as it presented both historic and recent pieces in a totally new way. From the very first Mille Miglia jacket to the special edition created to celebrate its twenty year anniversary, C.P. Company's journey was explained through different stages of the iconic garment's history. Season after season, it has been subjected to continuous experimentation and transformation - It is a story of innovative materials, special treatments and groundbreaking research.
In creating the piece, Aitor analysed all the original elements of the first Mille Miglia jacket and comprehensively researched all aspects of postural anatomy. Going beyond a generalised functional aesthetic to produce a garment that focussed specifically on the modern car driver. He took a very literal approach to driving ergonomics and functionality, "with the aim of creating a piece which is even further informed by its driving concept than the original".
The overall structure and balance of the piece has been designed around a human form in the driving position, with arms forward and slightly bent. Excess volume was also built into the back in order to maximise driving comfort; this completely unique feature allowed the lower part of the jacket to morph from a standard 'standing' position, into a more complex 'driving' position, eliminating awkward fabric build up when sitting, and providing a waterproof cover for the legs.
The hood was completely restructured, which not only resulted in an anatomically accurate fit, but also allowed the hood to fit over a traditional driving helmet when the drawstring cords are released. The goggles also benefitted from a more ergonomic construction, including a deeper nose ridge and closer fitting shape. The goggles themselves also became circular in shape, which reflected the 'Watchviewer' design and created an aesthetic that was reminiscent of the original Mille Miglia jacket.
The Watchviewer itself could interact seamlessly with the detachable padded lining and accompanying gloves, which not only offered further protection against cold and wet conditions, but also provided additional grip when holding a steering wheel. Further functional details included a detachable driving pouch which could be used as a protective case for gadgets such as cameras, which could be easily accessed while driving. This unique detail was particularly well demonstrated by the setting in which the jacket featured during the exhibition; Fiat were invited to showcase one of their latest productions at the event and chose to present the piece in their newly released 500C Model.
The fabric used throughout managed to encapsulate the integrity and authenticity of the concept, allowing the wearer to remain warm and dry throughout the variety of conditions encountered during the race. The material itself was a 3-layer GORE-TEX Performance Shell with a waterproof membrane, and every seam was finished with GORE-SEAM waterproof thermo-taping. The appearance of the fabric was entirely unique; by using a pigment-dying process called 'Tinto Terra' which utilised natural pigments from soil and earth, the garment retained a rich look and tactile feel that appropriately reflected C.P. Company's visual identity throughout its history.