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Canali celebrates 80 years

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Looks from Canali's Spring 2014 Collection.

Technology may be the message of the moment, but Canali chose to celebrate its new website with a focus on the handmade. The Italian menswear company commissioned Dutch artist Job Wouters to create a performative artwork, the short film “Contours,” to coincide with the Men’s shows in Milan last month.

 Watch as Wouters’ eye-popping typographic designs are created live and entirely by hand, creating 80 drawings in a single sitting—one for each year of Canali’s existence. In a sharp, stylized setting, slow-panning shots reveal flashes of De Stijl-like color capturing the gestural beauty of Wouters’ brushstrokes and the increasing intricacy of his images. It’s a tribute to the timeless quality of the handmade, echoed in the hand-tailored Canali clothing that Wouters wears as he works.

Canali, a specialist in tailor-made Italian luxury, has been outfitting discerning men for 80 years. Since 1934, it has been promoting the value of artisan know-how, as embodied by the “Made in Italy” approach in its true sense. Mingling culture and history with style and taste Canali creates every time a masterpiece, a harmony of details in perfect balance, expertly hand-crafted, manifested in perfect wearability, extraordinary comfort combined with sophisticated elements.

The brand’s new focus on contemporary artists and artisans through its online platform bridges the heritage of the brand into present day. This focus will be echoed by the new content series “200 Steps,” which will feature interviews with international creatives. But, for those looking to shop rather than read, check out the site’s Su Misura section where you can book made-to-measure services at Canali’s Bal Harbour boutique.

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