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Travel light: Ermenegildo Zegna Second Skin is made for jet-setting gents

Under the guidance of newly appointed artistic director Alessandro Sartori, Ermenegildo Zegna is rethinking the discerning man’s bare essentials. This Winter 2017 season, the luxe Italian menswear label is proffering the Second Skin capsule collection: A selection of lightweight, trans-seasonal staples meant to be worn effortlessly and created with the urban nomad in mind.

The first commercially available offering of Sartori since he joined in late 2016, this line caters to every sartorial need of the man on the move with its travel-ready smart separates that make lean packing a breeze — without relegating dapper style to the backseat.

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The Ermenegildo Zegna Second Skin makes carry-on packing much less painful.

According to Sartori, it has “volume but no weight, so you can travel and feel almost nude.” These classic garments pay extra attention to high comfort and exceptional performance – aiming to help regulate the body as it seamlessly shifts from indoor to outdoor environments: Between planes, cars, trains and transport terminals, and from one climate to the next.

The slim-fit looks employ Sartori’s now-signature sportification on tailoring in a rich palette of vicuña, off-white, teal, brown, navy and light grey. Key pieces to look out for are the supple nubuck leather blouson, understated poplin jacket and the penny loafer-style Asola moccasions, of which each precise detailing add interest, yet never weight or bulk.

The nubuck leather hooded blouson weighs only 860 grams.

Whether it’s long-haul or short-haul, these 18-piece clothing and outerwear picks are your best bet. If you were to pack them all – two blousons, one bomber, two blazers, two sweatshirts, two shirts, two long-sleeved polos, one pair of trousers and three five-pocket pairs of jeans – they would weigh a mere 7.2kg in total. Throw in one of the five pairs of shoes and it’s just 280 grams more. Here’s a case of less, but better.

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A pair of Second Skin denim jeans is only 690 grams.

Ermenegildo Zegna Second Skin capsule collection is now available in stores and online.

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