In the search for new fabrics and new performance, with OFFLIMITS Vitale Barberis Canonico crosses boundaries and enters “forbidden” territories, going beyond formalwear.
Wool is being renewed, it is taking on new functionalities, it is being blended with research fibres, with recycled polymers in a hybridisation process which gives a new light to a natural raw material that Vitale Barberis Canonico has been processing with competence and great passion for more than 350 years. Wool, which is already unique, innovative, renewable and biodegradable, is further enriched and transformed, it becomes fluid to satisfy new, contemporary demands.
The iconic Vitale Barberis Canonico yarns reach a new level of performance in the combination with a state-of-the-art elastomer. The Hyperstretch fabrics always ensure more than 25% stretch both in the bi- and in the mono stretch versions, guaranteeing maximum freedom of movement, in addition to the unique qualities of wool. Hyperstretch fabrics are also hyper-versatile as they lend themselves to an infinite range of interpretations, from suits to jackets to outerwear.
A super fine thread of recycled polyester or a filament of polyammide create a resistant warp through which the wool weft is woven for the creation of fabrics uniting lightness and tenacity, with the look and touch of wool. These unique qualities combine with elasticity of the weft.
From the first manufacturing steps, the Vitale Barberis Canonico 17 Micron wool is united with the finest recycled polyester available (3 deniers, equivalent to 17 microns), to create a fine, resistant yarn which is then elasticated. The resulting fabrics demonstrate unique performance: they are resistant, washable, and stretchy in the weft.
Hybrid is the theatre of the most advanced research by Vitale Barberis Canonico: a hotbed of ideas where the various strands of study for increasingly performant fabrics come together. The wool hybridisation process is enhanced in innovative blends with carbon or with cordura yarns, in alternating polyurethanes, polyamide yarns and thermosetting polyesters.
Created for the milder seasons, the Technonatural fabrics boast the performance of the other OFFLIMITS families, yet focusing on plant fibres. In the blending with technical fibres, cotton, linen, hemp and viscose become super stretchy (either mono- or bi-stretch) and are interwoven with the finest of recycled polyamide to achieve maximum tenacity.