Founded in 1910, now in the fourth generation, the highly influential Italian Zegna family operates the iconic brand menswear. The entire Zegna collection is broken down into three sub categories: Ermenegildo Zegna, Zegna Sport, and Z Zegna. Each offers a differed degree of formality, and its own distinctive style. Any piece of attire from this imported brand is considered, however, to be of higher class and supreme taste.
The Ermenegildo Zegna collection is the middle ground between the Sport and Z sub sectors. This is the collection one would browse for a finely cut suit that often takes on a more “European” edge. The inclusion of a loosely fitted cloth necktie, for example, that is worn around the neck and behind an open collar is a bold move for any man, especially when utilized in a highly formal atmosphere. It is no less elegant than a classically structured suit, however, and will guarantee attention by surrounding crowds. This is, for some men, an extremely useful source of power. This necktie accessory appears in several other “looks” put together in the Ermenegildo Zegna collection, such as underneath a thick, dark brown leather jacket.
More classically structured suits are available by Mr. Zegna, however, in a unique array of coloring that match to be stylish yet considerably atypical. A combination of light blue, pink, white, and light green, for example, is assembled in a casual leaning suit, tied together with a brown rope-like belt. This outfit’s breezy aura is perhaps most emanated by an open-toed sandal, which one may or may not choose to incorporate.
The Zegna Sport collection, contrary to what one may assume, is not comprised of sportswear offered by the likes of Nike or other athletic outfitting companies. It is, instead, a more upscale combination of decidedly casual pieces. A popular “look” from this collection, for example, is the coordination of rolled up jeans, a black signature leather jacket, a plaid long sleeve shirt, and white boat shoes. Each piece in the combination is not so modestly priced, as one may expect, though the outfit manages to exude a higher caliber of casual style.
Of the bolder items in the Zegna Sport collection is a low-neck sweatshirt that, in accordance with the “look,” is worn without a shirt underneath. The shirt may be worn most appropriately with shorts and boat shoes to achieve Mr. Zegna’s unique sense of casual. This sense has spawned other distinctive items in the collection such as a light blue nylon “bomber” jacket, palm stamped swimsuit, and a wool-made belt.
The newly added Z Zegna poses a mysterious quality to its collection, as advertised attire is of either the ultra-formal or only slightly less so. Characterized by multi-piece suits, belts worn with the buckle facing backwards, and plaid formalwear, the Z Zegna collection offers an array of styles, each of which guarantees a statement to be made. The priciest of all three subsets, Z Zegna is reserved for those with money to spend and perhaps no one to answer to.