142005-324ProductCotton Wool Topcoat
A number of new easy-fitting overcoat designs appeared during the 19th century, including the Raglan, Ulster and Chesterfield, tailored for travelling or outdoor activities.
Early models of the Chesterfield, the first civilian overcoat, contained several changes that remain characteristic for modern examples – understated cut, dark wool, short vent, centre back-seam, single-breasted fly front, side pockets and no cuffs. Above all, it dispensed with the previously obligatory waist seam and was meant to be worn loosely over another garment.
Beste was founded in Prato, Tuscany, in 1992 by then 28-year old textile technician Giovanni Santi. Using techniques traditionally reserved for crafting exclusive wool and cashmere weaves, the company set out to innovate the production of high-quality cotton fabrics. Now based in the small town of Cantagallo, just outside Prato, Beste is a vertically organised manufacturer and developer designing both woven fabrics and final garments. The company specialises in elaborate dyeing and finishing techniques, such as rope dyeing, piece dyeing and natural-fibre technical weaves, and supplies three fabrics for ARKET outerwear.
Supplier Time International
Based in Bucharest, Romania, Time International is a family-run garment manufacturer using ethical production methods. The company, founded in 1994, operates two production units close to the Bulgarian border, and its 1,500 employees specialise in making tailored menswear with the highest complexity and precision. They handle everything from pattern making, grading and prototype manufacturing to sewing and finishing garments. For ARKET, Time is making men’s blazers, coats and trousers.