this first piece struck me as particularly apophenic, given the shop next to the notional location of blue ant:
Bright Magazine - Massimo Osti
-translated from a dutch article this is a piece about designer massimo osti, who seemed to be one of the first to repurpose military fashion for street wear, as well as to be a textile technologist. he worked for stone island/CP, which is the company shown in the above photos. i found the article quite interesting, particularly having never heard of the designer and only being peripherally aware of the brand.
After I had tried on one of Massimo’s personal Reflective Jackets, I slowly browse the huge number of military items. There are jackets, coats, vests, gas mask bags, shirts, T-shirts, combat jackets, parkas, headgear, body warmers, belts and 100 pocket vests. Osti personally preferred military clothing and was a master in mixing product details, in 1995 he told Arena: “I love the grace of British uniforms, England had good taste and elegance and America had the practicality.” Osti used military materials and details thoughtfully, pockets, collars, fastenings, constructions and texture combinations. He took military classics such as the M-65 field jacket or the N-3B snorkel parka and just added to it. Paul Harvey, who succeeded Osti and designed Stone Island between 1995 and 2007: “Massimo didn’t get inspired by military clothing to have all of us dress like soldiers, no, the reason was that the practical characteristics of military clothing has been developed and altered by use over decades. Those garments are unequalled when it comes to practicality. By doing this Massimo opened the door to the incredible detailing in military garments”.
The ultimate example of Osti’s fusion is his camouflage Ice Jacket from 1985 in which he combined the temperature sensitive material with a camouflage print. The summer version changed colour from khaki to camouflage when the temperature rose and the winter version changed from camouflage to brown when the temperature fell. Agent Tjerk Brink remembers that Massimo himself was very fond of the Ice Camo: “I remember him wearing that jacket all the time”.