Stone Island Prototype Research
Explained by Carlo Rivetti
As Carlo Rivetti told HYPEBEAST in February, “The identity and the authenticity of Stone Island will be preserved and exalted.” It’s a statement that not only defined Moncler’s acquisition of Stone Island, but Stone Island as a whole, for its integrity has made the company a fan favorite from generation to generation. Stone Island is a brand that you either get, or you don’t, but for those that do it’s the pinnacle of experimentation and expression, capturing the mood and wants of many with its once-daring, now must-have outerwear and more.
Catapulting Stone Island into an extreme new world of experimentation is its Prototype Research_Series. Founded out of a love for experimentation, the series (now four installments deep) isn’t really for the fans: it’s for Rivetti. Speaking with HYPEBEAST for this installment of What the Tech?, Rivetti says the series is “freedom for the mind” because there are no limits to the experimentation processes.
However, when it comes to fans, you’d have to be a die-hard member of the Stoney club to cop a piece from the Prototype Research_Series. Only 100 pieces are made per installment, most of which are made by hand and involve various experimentational, yet-to-be industrialized techniques that give the garments a one-of-a-kind finish. Oh, and a price point to match — although there’s more about that later on. Read on to find out more about Stone Island’s Prototype Research_Series, as explained by Carlo Rivetti himself.