Marco Baldassari con i modelli in Eleventy SS20
by Stephen Garner

Eleventy hosted its spring/summer 2020 collection presentation on Sunday morning at the Bulgari Hotel garden in Milan.

The jacket is the most important piece of the collection, as Eleventy explores “sartorial streetwear”. The expert hands of tailors who spend an average of 8 to 10 hours to finish every single piece skilfully craft it, is soft inside, the shoulders are natural with no padding, and stitches are handmade. The brand begins by combining precious T-shirts in linen or hemp to provide a balance between the sartorial world and the relaxed casual wear.

Eleventy also focuses on denim this season with several ranges. The brand’s right-hand denim is a 14-oz fabric with slight reddish tints in the weave giving it a 1970s look. The right-hand black carbon denim are classic black jeans so dear to rockers and 20th-century youth-movements. The base black color is discharged and then overdyed to achieve an authentic vintage look exalted by the threads in a different shade of grey and the slightly faded lines, the ‘whiskers’, up on the front. Right-hand crosshatch denim if a 13-oz green cast recycled fabric historically used in the early 1960s giving a special chambray optical effect. And, right-hand selvedge features a peach coloring of the typical chain stitches is clearly seen on the waist, creating a typical vintage look with a modern flare.

An entire section of the spring/summer 2020 collection is dedicated to the emotional travel to far away countries and exotic landscapes characterized by tents with all comforts immersed in the savannah. The colors of nature inspire the choice of chromatic nuances. All Eleventy garments are made in natural materials and yet designed to be worn in both formal occasions as well as in the leisure time.

Camo patterns are also present in flat caps, backpacks, cargo pants, and a special field jacket. Hats, in paper-fabric instead of old straw, cotton or rain system wool, bags, backpacks, and accessories. For sunglasses, the brand taps Mazzucchelli, an ancient Venetian craftsman of hand-made glasses. The metallic frames are in antiallergic Kromtech metal, while the Murano glasses have triacetate lenses, which reproduce the same tints of the glass blown at the island of the same name.

“Streetwear and athleisure are, without doubt, the newest and most interesting trends in men’s fashion,” said Marco Baldassari founder and man director of Eleventy. “We enriched them with the highest level of sartorial craftsmanship, where style and detail are emphasized, elegance and comfort combine. Our streetwear offers the same unrivaled comfort of sports apparel without however sacrificing the priceless elegance of a tailormade jacket. Our athleisure ensures the same skillful balance between aesthetics and ethics without the widely used synthetic fabrics. In our hunt for sustainable solutions, we found harmony between progress and nature in each item. We believe in clothing as a ‘habitat’, something that should be protected and preserved. Because there is always a plan B, but there will never be a planet B.”