In 2010, Alessandro Dell'Acqua begins a new adventure founding N°21.
The collection brings together the knowledge, awareness and newfound freedom of Alessandro Dell'Acqua. These elements ensure the collection an instant success.
N°21 offers a modern and feminine wardrobe with tricks and details bring from the male wardrobe. The mix of feminine and masculine shapes and fabrics soon became one of stylistic codes of the brand.
The designer has decided to focus his energies on a new approach, real and meaningful, mixing his great knowledge of knitwear and product for a modern proposal of a new pret-a-porter. The interest of the national and international press is manifested by significant appreciation and increasing number of articles and editorials. The collection is also beloved by italian and international celebrities.
N°21 opens its first Hong Kong store on ice house street, central district
N°21 has debuted its first Hong Kong store on September 10th, 2016. Following the openings of the brand’s first Asia flagship store in Tokyo in 2014, and its 5 shop-ins shop in South Korea within the last 2 years, the new Hong Kong store is located on Central district’s Ice House Street, famed for its cluster of high fashion boutiques. Co-designed by architect Hannes Peer and the founder and creative director of N°21, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, the shop is a 1,195-square-feet space that keys into the same design concept of the brand’s flagship store in Milan, using the contrasts between different materials to illustrate the compelling modern Italian design style.
The Hong Kong boutique perfectly taps into the creative world of N°21 by using a wide spectrum of materials including statuary and Marquinia marble, mirrored glass, glass, wood, aluminum and steel, all of which interact artfully with elements of interior design inspired by the contemporary art of Damien Hirst. Inside the store, mirror walls reflect the shop displays, creating a surrealistic visual effect. In addition, Hannes Peer’s original, multi-layered design, characterized by the interplays between light and shadows, mirrors and concrete, modern and retro elements, further underscores the creative force of N°21 fashion.
N°21 introduces its first eyewear collection “N°21 by Linda Farrow” for spring/summer 2017
Linda Farrow continues to push the boundaries of eyewear and collaborates with N°21 in the creation of a unique line of sunglasses for their Spring/Summer 2017 runway collection. The timeless yet innovative aesthetic of N°21 blends perfectly with the luxurious craftsmanship of Linda Farrow.
Inspired by the volumes and colorways found in the N°21 Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection, Linda Farrow has developed a line of three classic feminine shapes revisited in a contemporary way through innovative materials and unexpected details.
K-WAY® signs co-branding agreement with N°21 for the creation of a totally new line: “K-WAY® X N°21”
Alessandro Dell’Acqua, founder and creative director of the N°21 brand, revisits iconic K-Way® items through the use of some surprisingly unusual materials for a windbreaker: namely, soft taffeta and check flannel, rich floral broderies and exotic prints. The N°21 logo – variously printed, embroidered or embossed – appears on both front and back of the windbreaker. Colors sweep from black to blush pink (classic N°21 hues), all the way to mustard yellow, army green, fluo orange and navy blue.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua says this about the new partnership: “It was an honor for me to work on the creation of this collection. K-Way® shares with N°21 a casual, contemporary attitude. The windbreaker is an item having a high technical factor that makes it easy to mix typically mannish fabrics with ones common in women’s clothing. I had the chance to experiment with new materials and colors, all while in no way disregarding K-Way’s trademark functionality.”
Lorenzo Boglione, Vice President of Sales for BasicNet, comments: “Once the two met, the collaboration between N°21 and K-Way® came naturally, as we share the same basic philosophy. For us N°21 is one of the best brands around, and we think it’s great that designers of Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s caliber want to use our windbreaker to express their creativity. So we welcomed this opportunity with genuine enthusiasm.”
N°21 show at Pitti Bimbo “N°21 kids”, the brand's first children's collection
N°21 presents the debut Kids collection, for children ages four to twelve. “This is a significant achievement for our brand in expanding the range of licenses,” says Alessandro Dell'Acqua, founder and creative director of the N° 21 label. “N°21 Kids will be a collection that gives a fresh twist to classic items, so adding personality and a dash of fun to the child's wardrobe.”
Mauro Serafini, CEO of Grant S.p.A., adds: “We are honored to embark on this partnership with N°21: the brand's keen sense of research, product exclusivity and international appeal correspond to the same values that have underpinned the Grant philosophy for more than forty years.”
N°21 Kids is the result of a multi-year licensing agreement with Grant S.p.A., manufacturer of children's clothing for 40+ years, for the line's production and distribution. The N° 21 Fall/Winter 2016-17 collections for boys and girls will go on show at the January 2016 edition of the Pitti Bimbo trade fair in Florence. All while reflecting the brand's DNA – where unusual material mixes and mannish/feminine fusions famously find a perfect balance – the N°21 Kids line devotes particular attention to the all-important comfort and fit factors typical of childrenswear.
N°21 opens its first flagship store in Italy at via santo spirito, 14 in the quadrilatero, Milan’s famouse fashion district
– N°21 is opening its first flagship in Italy, at Via Santo Spirito 14 in the Quadrilatero, Milan’s famous fashion district. All while staying true to the sense of sophistication forever imbuing brand founder/creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s vision of style, the store exudes an atmosphere of rarefied elegance. The 120+ sqm boutique has three distinct rooms, each in a different way designed to make a clear architectural statement capturing the idea of beautiful contrasts marking N°21. Conceptually, the interior is a joint effort on the part of Alessandro Dell’Acqua and architect Hannes Peer.
The first room features a stunning black and white marble floor, polycarbonate ceilings, bakelite wall panels and sculptural boiserie wainscoting. The mix of décor elements and materials serves to highlight and enhance the exclusive array of clothes.
Deeply inspired by contemporary art, the second room creates a visual illusion of neverending space thanks to mirrored displays adorning the walls. In the center, an Art Déco table cut into six parts set one by one into glass boxes casts a quiet glance at the early work of Damien Hirst. It’s the room of contrasts, where modern meets ancient, light meets dark, optical effect meets concrete reality.
These two rooms showcase the N°21 men’s and women’s clothing collections. The third room, devoted to accessories, is a gracious nod to Milanese architecture, for significantly adding to the allure is the presence of Ceppo di Grè stone on floor and walls. Typical of Romanesque art, this stone is found both in Milan’s magnificent Duomo Cathedral and in the colonnade of the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio.
“The first N°21 flagship in Italy represents a pivotal achievement on the brand’s growth path, which is all the more reason why I’m so glad that it holds in a nutshell the diverse stylistic features distinguishing the label,” says Alessandro Dell’Acqua. “The use of materials emblematic of Milanese architecture is my personal tribute to Milan, a city I feel particularly close to.”
N°21 launches “KNOT”, the designer sandal created by Kartell and N°21
Introducing Knot, the plastic sandal born of a partnership between N°21 and Kartell, through the Kartell à la Mode Division.
Innovation, experimentation and design are the stylistic features that de ne the partnership and perfect creative teamwork that started with a study of a material and led to a product that is a pure synthesis of design and fashion. Knot is the name given to the designer sandal, with a heavy-duty para sole and the unmistakable “bow”, a distinctive element of N°21 collections. Made of glossy plastic, it is available in ve colours: black, dusty pink, mustard, khaki and Bordeaux. The shoe is given a lightweight and energetic look through the contrasting opacity of the sole and the gloss of the bow. Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Creative Director and founder of N°21 came up with the idea for the partnership: “Creating Knot was stimulating and fun. I was able to experiment with new materials that brought together the fashion and design worlds. Kartell is an example of excellence made in Italy, providing designers with all of its know-how, creating a product with a strong fashion sense without sacri cing comfort or practicality.”
Lorenza Luti, Marketing & Retail Director at Kartell and Manager of the Kartell à la Mode Division, adds: “We’re really excited about this new partnership with N°21, a brand we respect highly for its style, elegance and original designs. Based on respect for the differences that de ne our two brands, we were able to work in harmony, sharing a desire to complete a rst project together with a view to further, long-term partnership. We gave complete freedom of expression to N°21 (as we also do in design), while we contributed actively to developing the design based on our technological know-how. The Knot sandal shows how Kartell now has a strong identity in fashion as well and can transfer its entire world of values and a true lifestyle to a fashion accessory.”
N°21 opens its first flagship store in Tokyo / Omotesando
The first flagship store of the brand N°21 has found its much thought after location in the Omotesando district in Tokyo. Alessandro Dell'Acqua as creative director of the label has made the right calls from the get go. The brief for the architect Hannes Peer was to design a space that was both raw and sophisticated with a focus on layering and materiality. The Flagship store in Tokyo is to be a clear showoff of the very rich creative world made of beautiful contrasts that distinguishes N°21: on one hand you enter a space that is striped of almost everything but its essential elements, leaving bare concrete walls and concrete floors, then after this first impression you espy insertions of black and white layered marble floors, postmodern polycarbonate ceilings, custom designed furniture that is arranged in different configurations to display the collections. The materials used here are 'Statuario' and 'Marquinia' marble, halfmirror glass, glass, wood, aluminum and steel, all materials that embody perfectly the stylish aesthetic of the brand. Deeply inspired by the contemporary art of Reinhard Mucha and Damien Hirst one can see mirrored displays that adorn the walls to create a surreal visual effect within the store, on the other hand an Art Deco table that is cut into 6 slices and put into glass boxes being a strong reminder of Hirst's early work. Through considered design and innovative application, Hannes Peer has elevated simple building materials to prominence whilst forming a striking and original retail environment. It is all about the contrast, modern vs. historic elements, light vs. dark, mirror vs. concrete, materiality vs. superglossy.
The flagship store of N°21 is the kind that leaves the space in a raw state, uses humble yet elegant finishes, simple construction methods and a restrained palette of colors, well edited furniture, and a minimalist postmodern lighting and pulls it all together in a seamingly effortless 'ready-made' and exists here in Tokyo as an architectural extension of the N°21 brand and it’s signature edgy and understated style.
N°21 shows at Pitti its first men’s collection
N°21 launches its first Men’s collection designed by Alessandro dell’Acqua.
Produced and distributed by GILMAR, the men’s collection is the natural evolution of N°21 world with well-defined style code.
N°21 men’s collection will be composed by 21 looks those which represent the perfect male wardrobe according to Alessandro dell’Acqua.
N°21 men’s collection will follow the same distribution as covered by the women's collections, with the initial goal of reaching the most important multi-brand stores in Europe, America, Asia, the Middle East, as well as the best e-commerce.