For Silvio Calvigioni Tombolini, the Tombolini brand values are best summarized in a phrase penned by his grandfather, Eugenio Tombolini: “The Future Has Ancient Roots.” When dissected, the meaning of this is multifold — it refers to the evolution of the brand’s own designs, its almost 60-year-old heritage, and to the centuries-long tradition of Italian craftsmanship as both a practice and a concept.
As Tombolini explains, “Made in Italy production, or, in our case, the Made in Marche region, is a guarantee [of] tradition, heritage, know-how, and the fundamental values for the purchase of a durable product.” These factors combine to create luxury collections that are as dynamic as they are contemporary, resulting in an aesthetic elegance that speaks to an ever evolving market of deeply style-conscious consumers. “For us,” he continues, “aesthetics [means] education … knowing how to match the right combination of garments, how to choose colors, materials, shapes, and detail, how to wear, communicate, and even excite.”
For FW22, that knowledge has translated into a number of color stories. “Our formal and casual garments meet in color palettes that are” inspired by the land. The pieces are “marked by the Sound of Gray (contemporary greys and whites) and the Lazuli Blue (which expresses Tombolini’s classic, sophisticated DNA but also its passion, strength, and confidence). [Then, there is] The Giada and The Bloodstone (which fades into natural colors, subtle shades of green, beige, aubergine, and denim), and finally, Old Oak (which ranges from natural beige to brown to give an informal and unexpected touch, diluting the harshness of winter and creating optical and innovative effects through the camel-chocolate combination).”
Taking inspiration from the land goes hand-in-hand with the brand’s shift towards increasingly responsible production practices and projects. Tombolini continues: “There is a lot of attention to tailoring, innovation, and eco-sustainability with our Tombolini-Zero Gravity and TMB running collections. [Then there’s also our] new project called Zero Impact, [which] pays attention to the environment with an eye to the future. Among the core products of this capsule are the machine-washable suit and the biodegradable suit, made with eco-friendly materials including all the accessories such as the hanger, labels, and buttons — [such] innovation [is made] possible thanks to the use of natural and organic fibers. Our goal is to become a green company and therefore our efforts will be directed in that direction.”