Launched by Salvatore Graci, Angelo Acquista and Luca Graci, CSNV Studio blends the aesthetics of New York City streetwear with the craftsmanship of Italian design. The label recently launched a FW20 capsule ahead of its SS21 collection — minimalist designs with elegance and sophistication.
“In the FW20 collection, the ‘Doomsday Ball’ has been reinterpreted,” explained the label in a press release. “It doesn’t necessarily have a negative connotation, but it is intended as Journey of Heart where certainty is no more given; everything can change, and everyone is invited to a quest to understand their inner. After this unprecedented pause in modern human history, the launch of [our] FW20 collection is intended to be the Doomsday of CSNV studio, where an Era finishes and a new one starts.”
As a label, CSNV Studio claims they work to eliminate the idea of “hype,” instead focusing on carefully designed pieces that can be styled and restyled as time progresses.
“CSNV was born with the notion of expressing the social dilemma of our current times,” the team told Schön! regarding the new collection. “Having conceived a different vision for Fall/Winter 2020, we were challenged with what was possible due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Our liberties and what we thought was certain in our life had changed overnight. Our bandwidth as a team was tested to what was probable given the new reality we were faced with.”
This AW20 capsule features hoodies with jumbo adjusting strings, denim jackets with faux-leather accents, embroidered tees and sweatpants and more. In their inspirations for the label’s latest works, the team got to the core of what motivated them to launch CSNV studio in the first place, even if the process of making the pieces was occasionally difficult owing to the present crisis.
“Fall/Winter’s ‘DOOMSDAY BALL’ collection is a testament to our team’s resilience and problem-solving abilities,” the team explained. “Appearing to be a simple collection structurally due to the challenges faced with COVID, our strength lies in the storytelling which tells a deeper more profound meaning removing the denominator of hype merchandise.”
The label elaborated on the story further. “The pivotal figure in this collection was stripped of his certainties and habitual behaviour, starting fresh from a black canvas as we have realised with our collection’s use of colour. This can be personified by anyone. The use of graphics have been decontextualised to show a sense of tranquillity in the chaos — where something beautiful can form from a dark canvas of our current times.”
For the future, the label’s hopes are high. “Conceived from the chaos with no help from any outside resources, there is very little out of reach,” they detail. “With time, our aesthetic with future collections will shift to more articulation and complexity as opportunities arise. Ultimately our desire is to be desired by all — on their wishlists.”