New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA) has collaborated with knitwear manufacturer Shima Seiki Italia to create the first Made in NABA jersey, which is made out of eco-cashmere.
The sweater has been designed by Marta Reparaz Lipperheide, a third-year BA Fashion Design student, and will be presented at the next edition of Pitti Filati, which is scheduled to take place from 2nd to 4th February 2022.
The concept for the jersey was inspired by football players in American colleges who bear the name of their team on their clothing, famously characterised by the vibrant colours and genderless fit.
It was created with the support of Filati Naturali, a hub for yarns, and with the use of the Shima Seiki SSR 112 machine in NABA’s knitwear laboratory.
The final design of the sweater is a result of a competition that had been made open to various third-year and second-year students to produce a product that could represent wearers in the NABA academy community.
The limited edition jersey will be manufactured in a set number, proceeds from the sale of which will be donated to select Alumni.
“Together with our students we are enthusiastic about this project which once again aims to promote the young talents of NABA, enhancing their ability to develop original creations and enhancing the potential of the most innovative with the technology of Shima Seiki Italia which is at our side in this precious collaboration,” Colomba Leddi, NABA Fashion Design Area Leader, said.