Thanks to its luxurious vicuna wool knitwear and Storm System sailing gear, few and far between are the yacht owners who don’t own an item of clothing by Loro Piana. However, the luxury Italian brand is also known for its extremely beautiful textiles, which can be found in some of the world’s finest homes, hotels, private aircraft and superyachts. This season a new collection is inspired by the art and scenery of Venice.
Launched at the Paris Déco Off interior design fair in January 2018, the new Doge collection takes its cues from the city’s Renaissance era with three cotton velvets, known as Alchemy, Gritti and Foscari, giving options for opulent upholstery and curtains in more than 50 shades. Choose Alchemy’s thick, smooth velour for sumptuous spaces made for relaxing, while Gritti’s stripes and Foscari’s lightweight texture make them perfect for adding accents and personality to an area.
Alongside these traditional velvets, Loro Piana has also introduced a range of wool felts designed with contemporary padding and upholstery in mind. The largest offering comes in the form of Tiepolo, available in 35 block colours ranging from natural understated hues to bold tones, the specialised dyeing process altering across the range to suit each colour. Those wanting something a bit more daring, however, should look to the jacquard weaves of the chevron-patterned Barbarigo and the diamond-shaped Clary, or opt instead for the versatile La Fenice linen collection with its eye-catching geometric pattern inspired by the symmetry and aesthetic of ancient mosaics. These strong designs can be offset with the 100 per cent cashmere muslin Peggy, which has been created for use in curtains and decoration and comes in four sophisticated shades, from white to dusty grey and lagoon blue.
For linens for onboard cabins, Loro Piana’s Doge range is home to a new line of cashmere fabrics perfect for pillows, bedspreads and bedroom curtains. Named Mandela, the fabric features an ornate oriental-inspired floral design in Burgundy, Indian Blue or Malachite set off against a light background of fine fabric providing the perfect combination of clean lines and intricate decoration. Aimed at providing options for every part of your yacht, Loro Piana has also added two decorative wall coverings as part of the Doge range. The first, Casanova, is crafted in linen and cotton fil posé and combines a striped finish with a textured effect in four natural colours. Yacht owners, however, may find more to love in Anonimo Veneziano, which takes its inspiration from the lagoons surrounding Venice and comes in deep green and blue hues ideal for using on board.
For a brand that made its name in fine yet robust clothing made for wearing in tough conditions, it seems only fitting that Loro Piana’s interiors offering should include something supremely chic for your sundeck. The Dehors outdoor line is anchored by technical fibre rugs, which can be fully customised in size and finish, while hand-tied mats and smaller accessories provide timeless accents that can be crafted in a variety of easy-to-care-for outdoor fabrics.
In 2017, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first range of furnishing fabrics, Loro Piana opened a new permanent interiors showroom in Paris complete with a space dedicated to crafting beautiful interiors for yachts and private jets. Set over three floors on the Rue de Furstemburg, it is the ideal location to see and experience the gorgeous new Doge collection for yourself.