C.p. company releases reimagined ‘urban protection’ collection

by Stephen Garner

First unveiled in January during Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, C.P. Company has dropped its reimagined “Urban Protection” collection.

C.P. Company creative director, from 1997 to 2001, Moreno Ferrari shared founder Massimo Osti’s passion for functionality and utilitarianism over trends. This inspired idea led Ferrari to create the iconic Urban Protection collection, a landmark in the brand’s history.

Originally launched in 1998, the Urban Protection collection was designed to provide practical yet highly innovative and conceptual ideas for life in an urban environment. The main goal was to create a whole line of items, which could provide protection if necessary.

One of the most recognizable pieces of the Urban Protection line was the ‘Metropolis Jacket’: the Metropolis Jacket features a removable anti-smog face mask alongside details such as a multi-pockets system, designed to contain documents, mobile phone, or pocket PC.

Featured as a part of the “Next Landscape” fall/winter ‘20 collection; the overarching concept developed by designer Paul Harvey represents a hopeful image of a future urban environment, in which nature is given the space to grow back vitally and spontaneously amongst the essential architectural forms of the city.

All Urban Protection items are characterized by a C.P. Company detachable badge. The fabric range includes high-performance textiles such as Dyneema, GoreTex Xenia and Infinium, and Taylon in addition to the brand’s classic Proprietary Technology fabrics, Pro-Tek and C.P. Shell.

Dyneema has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any manmade fiber, approximately eight times that of high strength steel, and therefore allows the construction of incredibly light yet incredibly strong fabrics.

Dyneema is also used in cross-layer constructions, for personal body armor, high-performance sails, and extreme climbing equipment. For the current season, the Metropolis jacket in Dyneema is an exclusive style released in a limited-edition quantity, available at select retailers globally.