Posted in News, on May 16, 2014
In 1988, C.P. Company sponsored the Mille Miglia, one of the most prestigious vintage car races in the world.
Massimo Osti, the innovator of Italian Sportswear had been collecting and studying protective hoods worn by the Japanese Civil Defence, and grew excited about the idea of making a jacket with lenses sewn into the fabric. The problem of preserving the fabric’s integrity around the perimeter of the lenses was resolved thanks to a frame created especially by the Italian company Baruffaldi, a world leader in the sports optics field. The first prototype, which featured lenses sewn into an extended collar, inspired Massimo and was produced in very limited quantities for S/S 1988 in Mais cotton.
Following further research into protective hoods used by the army, Massimo created several further prototypes. Anti-gas goods, a new inspiration, gave him the idea to include lenses in the hood. The forms of this new version of the goggle jacket adopted the multi-functionality of Swiss field jackets, whose intelligent pockets could perform numerous tasks. Another lens was then added to the sleeve, allowing the wearer to view his watch, adding further functionality to this iconic jacket.
Once C.P. Company agreed to sponsor the race in 1988, Massimo realised that the garment seemed as though it had been designed specifically for the Mille Miglia. It best corresponds with his vision of the perfect jacket to wear on any adventure, protecting the wearer from rain and mud, in addition to having a system of pockets allowing him to carry a full range of necessities, from identification papers, to a canteen, victuals, and maps. He then offered it to organisers and participants.
The version of the Goggle jacket used for the 1988 edition of the Mille Miglia car race was constructed from a simple beige fabric and featured the race logo printed in red on the pocket flap. It is from this version that the jacket model takes its unofficial nickname “MILLE MIGLIA”. Functional, timeless, and aesthetically bold, this jacket has become a symbol of C.P. Company’s creativity, and has been produced in endless variations ever since 1988.
This year’s Mille Miglia takes place from the 14th to 17th May 2015.
View this season's Goggle Jacket collection here