Xacus, the shirt brand, one of the industry leaders in Italy and the world, is turning 60. The company, founded in 1956 in San Vito di Leguzzano (Vicenza) by Alberto Xoccato, has spent more than half a century of Italian history in constant evolution. 2014 marked the debut of the womenswear line and the launch of its online store, while 2016 will see the opening of the first flagship store in Milan.
Six decades that Xacus is celebrating with a capsule collection. On the occasion of Pitti Uomo 90, it will be presenting a mini line of shirts, A Shirt, a Star. Six models in all, four for men and two for women, where inspirations from great films that have somehow marked the history of the shirt are transformed into creative ideas: from the exotic charm of Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii and the impeccable white of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig in the James Bond saga, to the rustic checks worn by Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, passing the gritty two-tone of Michael Douglas in Wall Street, the evergreen stripes of Breathless, where Jean Seberg steals Jean-Paul Belmondo’s shirt, right through to Meryl Streep’s ultra-fresh linen in Out of Africa. And so cinema becomes a veritable source of inspiration for a project which, again in Florence, will culminate in a photographic exhibition and a cocktail party organised in collaboration with L’Uomo Vogue and GQ Italia at Palazzo Budini Gattai.
On show, a series of portraits taken by photographer Lorenzo Bringheri of three trailblazers of Italian cinema: Giorgio Pasotti, Simona Tabasco and Antonio Folletto, all strictly wearing shirts. The images will then be accompanied by a video contribution made possible thanks to the help of the Istituto Luce, which opened up its archives to the project curators, who selected and re-edited clips from Italian films.