A casual buy no. 44

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I’ve owned a few CP Company ‘Mille Miglia’ (pronounced ‘Meal-ay Meal-yah’) goggle jackets over the years, but before this only held onto a full leather one from Autumn/Winter 2007, because it is too nice to sell on. CP Company started life in 1975 as ‘Chester Perry’ and was designed by Massimo Osti, the late Italian fashion designer. In 1988, Osti was asked to design a driver’s jacket for the revamped Mille Miglia race, with inspiration being the original race which was contested annually from 1927-1957 (excluding the WWII years). The result was the famous 1988 Race Mille Miglia, which of course is now much sought after by collectors and other assorted Osti fanatics.

In 1994, Osti left CP Company to design other ranges, but the goggle jacket was so popular among, as well as other groups, the UK’s football match-going lads that the ‘Mille Miglia’ has continued to be redesigned and released in both summer and winter season guises ever since. The range was produced under the SPW umbrella, who also of course owned the Stone Island label. Finally, in 2010, SPW sold ‘CP Company’ to FGF Industry, and some said the quality went, well, shit.

Now, I’m not saying I agree completely that something seemed to be lost when that last connection to Massimo Osti was severed in 2010, but there suddenly seemed to be tinted goggles on everything from ski hats to shitty cotton hoodies. Many said the label was ‘dead’ to them. But I disagree up to a point, I’ve kept and eye on everything that has come out of the FGF CP range, and while some of it raises my eyebrows, the odd bit here and there makes me sit up and take note.

This summer’s goggle jacket had three things that made me want one. First, the maroon dyed jacket was a great colour. Second, the watch viewer on the sleeve was again added, with nice ‘CP Company’ branding on it. And, thirdly, I liked the little cotton collar flap, again with ‘CP Company’ stitched on it in white lettering. Small little details you might think, but along with a nice snug tailored-effect fit, it all came together to make a very nice edition of the famous jacket, and I wanted one, badly.

I waited until I could pick one up in my size in the summer sales, and viola – I got this last month for around half price. I’m very pleased with it, and my goggle jacket quota is up to one winter and one summer one – that’s plenty I think. The little ‘Acid Casual’ badge depicting a little fella in his Mille with the hood up is from Casual Connoisseur, who do these little accessories better than anyone, but they are limited edition – i.e. like rocking horse shit to find.

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7 Responses to “A casual buy no. 44”

  1. john Says:

    Hi good post class buy no chance of laying my hands on anything like that in Ireland have to trawl the net
    take care
    john

    • The Hovian Says:

      Cheers John, I reckon I buy roughly 75% of my stuff online, although it’s always nice to be able to try things on first. This was an online buy after I tried it on earlier in the year in the CP store in Beak Street, London

  2. Merufn Says:

    Hi, just, how did you manage to get it half price ? I often search on the internet but never found more than 30% off…

    • The Hovian Says:

      Hi there. I’m abroad now so I haven’t got the receipt handy & can’t recall exactly their name, but it was a small UK online shop that just happened to have that size in for just over half price, I think I got the last one just after they reduced the price to clear their summer stock.

      Very lucky.

      • Merufn Says:

        Okay, could you give me the name website. Doesn’t matter if it’s not immediately

        Thank you !

  3. @ilhamdeath Says:

    Would you like to sell your CP Company Mille Miglia to me? Please :”'(

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