by Stephen Garner

For Borsalino’s fall/winter 2021 collection, creative curator Giacomo Santucci tackles themes of contemporaneity through the creative lens of art. A collection inspired heavily by the Arts & Crafts design movement with its well-defined symbols and stylistic features, it also contemplates a personal inner retrospective and needs to reconnect with nature, while giving added value to authenticity and savoir-faire through a homage to past recollections and memories.

Hats today are no longer designed with the sole purpose to cover one’s head, but now offer that mirrored opportunity to uncover and reflect one’s personal style and soul. Borsalino’s fall/winter 2021 collection is phrased to reflect this single creed: “True luxury is not only feeling good about oneself, but it also about making others feel good.”

For him, the collection features a range of stand-out pieces such as the favored classic Borsalino shapes with small, medium, and large brims and the essential rollable Traveler styles. Curated details, from the optical patchwork, foliage motifs, leather décor, to the visible stitching, all draw on a harmonious contrast against the precious felt mélange and added a new wool edition. The cult Plate model in the softest Alessandria felt features a leather back patch, handcrafted double pleating, and a proposed color palette of Black, Blueberry, Date, and Porto.

For her, inspiration is translated through a play on decorative elements that enhance the timeless shapes of the Audrey, Claudette, Sophie, and Violet styles as well as the two new season entries: Lucy and Eveline.  Rigorous but at the same time poetic, Borsalino proposes sweet, never-give -up-on-romance detailing as seen in the chenille trim, leather bands, optical ribbon patchwork, and striped mohair décor. With great promise to be a bestseller, the new Eleonora style in pastel shades of Powder and Astral as well as chic elegant Nero, sports a delicate foliage motif found on the hat ribbon and lining. 

The must-have unisex styles in fabric reflect and enhance the brand’s seasonal themes. Alongside the featured baseball caps, sailor models, and berets, the bucket hat showcases a range of new materials including the premiere of a calfskin-effect fabric, black Mystery patent leather, and rainproof nylon. In precious eco-cashmere, the knitted tricot beanie is crafted in ribbed stockinette stitch.