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The riveting world of shearling

14 NOV 2021

Unfolding an authentic winter milieu, the F/W’21-'22 ‘Metsovo’ collection takes its references from this mountain locale with its lush regional dress heritage. A key component of the collection is shearling, a superior raw material that combines lavish soft wool with velvety suede or smooth leather. Its use as outerwear, dates to old times when it was an essential facet to survival. And since its history is too momentous to ignore, let’s go back into it.

“Metsovo” name is mentioned for the first time in 1380 AD. The documents speak of a small shepherds' settlement, built in a prosperous geographical location. From November to May, the nomadic men of Metsovo moved with their herds to the lowland pastures of Trikala or Ioannina. This choice was largely determined by the tough climate: heavy snowfall in the mountains in winter, and intense heat in the plains during summer. Especially in the coldest temperatures, it was of utmost importance for them to stay warm and protected. ‘Tambare’ was contrived as a righteous approach to their needs; a sturdy and durable cape made of sheepskin, very thick and waterproof. Despite being only knee-length, it hung around the body to stop the rain from reaching the legs. The sleeves were sewn onto the cape and had wide armholes permitting the unimpeded movement of hands, while there additionally was a cone-shaped hood.

'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis for Z+D's 'Metsovo' Collection's campaign
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis for Z+D's 'Metsovo' Collection's campaign
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Kozoka' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis

Shearling makes the leap from a shepherds’ cocoon to contemporary fashion, accentuating the reinvigorated winter capes, paneled vests, the tagari and shopper bags of ‘Metsovo’ collection. Zeus+Δione’s prime shearling originates in small family tanneries, while is processed in the picturesque town of Siatista, which holds a long-lasting tradition of about 500 years. Although the industry is evolving significantly, the dedication to skillful craftsmanship handed over from master to apprentice, and from one generation to the next within the family, remains solid. This devotion to human skills and exceptional unfading quality that renders the shearling artistry, constitutes a role model for sustainability and a primary pillar of the local economy.

'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis
'Zipouni' shearling reversible vest photographed by Yiorgos Kaplanidis

Multiple additional attributes reveal this material’s magnificent idiosyncrasy. Groovy yet neat a shearling cape does a great job at keeping the person wearing it warm, as it naturally retains the heat of the body. Aside from being a great insulator, it is breathable and flexible adapting smoothly between cold and warm temperatures. Its fibers also possess water repellant layers that protect it against moisture. On top of that, its timeless look and durable structure, make it the perfect investment piece and a surpassing wardrobe staple that only gets better and suppler through time. A doubtlessly cherished material that you can avail of it for years. Do not think twice before making a piece of it yours!