by Karen Alberg Grossman

416-Zegna-Fabrics MR Magazine April FashionWhile diving into the new wave of performance fabrics in tailored clothing this month, we got to catch a glimpse of some of the great advances in fabric research and technology. Check out the cloth innovations coming out of Zegna’s mill that can help us all understand what’s next in tailored clothing.

TROFEO (used in suits, jackets and trousers) – Trofeo is a longstanding staple of the Ermenegildo Zegna collections. Strength, softness and resiliency are the main characteristics of Trofeo, a 100 percent worsted wool fabric made of prestige Australian Superfine merino wool with long fibers.

ELEMENTS TROFEO (pure wool, 210 grams, used in the Made-to-Measure sportswear collection) – Garments made with Elements Trofeo fabric feature an extra-fine membrane, that regulates body temperate to ensure comfort at all times. It is specially developed to increase water repellency and breathability without compromising the natural softness and lightness of its woven material.

TROFEO 600 – A blend of Trofeo wool with 15 percent super 600s pure silk yarn. The 600s quality silk yarns are five times finer than wool; the resulting beauty of this cloth lies in its depth of color and fine, lightweight hand. Fineness: 17 micro.

COOL EFFECT (pure wool: jackets and suits, 190 grams) – An innovation that brings state-of-the-art technology to Zegna’s most famous summer cloths. Cool Effect fabric is woven of pure Australian wool fibers and is finished with an innovative technique that enables dark fabrics to approach the reflective properties of lighter-colored fabrics. Laboratory testing has confirmed that Cool Effect fabric maintains a temperature significantly lower than an identical but untreated fabric and reflects a higher percentage of the sun’s rays.

MICRONSPHERE – This treatment ensures long-lasting anti-stain performance. It offers a revolutionary treatment guaranteeing absolute resistance to stains by preventing dirt from penetrating in depth, without affecting the natural softness of the yarn. Using nano-technology, the fabric does not absorb extraneous particles. This high-performance fabric is made with 100 percent natural all-season wool that delivers breathability and comfort.