New to Trunk: Weber + Weber
A chalet-style house, nestled 1000 metres above ground in the Tyrolean Alps, is perhaps an unexpected location for a menswear label’s headquarters. But for Christian and Manuel Weber, of Weber + Weber, the remote location — and its views that stretch towards “the valleys and Lake Constance, and snow-covered mountains of the Arlberg,” says Christian — inspire their designs.
“Just look at all the fall colours in the autumn collection,” he continues, of the deep chocolates and midnight navys used for Weber + Weber’s outerwear and tailoring — the brand is new to Trunk for autumn/winter 2019. “But our location influences us in other ways too; as we wear our clothes ourselves, in the Alps, each piece must be practical and made to last.” The chalet had once been Christian’s grandparents' weekend house, constructed in the 1960s; today Christian and Manuel call it home. “It puts you at peace when you arrive there, surrounded by nature,” he says.
Weber + Weber was founded in 2015 with an aim to develop menswear based on classic shapes but with directional innovative fabrication: much of the brand’s functionality stems from its innovative textiles. Developed with mills in Venice exclusively for the brand — just two hours away from the Austrian border — all of Weber + Weber’s materials are waterproofed. “Our garments are treated with water,” says Manuel, who drives to visit the Italian factories and mills often, with their labrador Emma, in tow. “We call our waterproofing our Loden principle; wool is felted with water, and through our work with our mills, we found many other natural fabrics are more beautiful after being washed.” The result is smart corduroy blazers, wool and cashmere-blend tailored joggers, lightweight travel jackets and textured woollen coats that are not only warm, but weather-resistant.
Such deep-rooted functionality stems from the duos combined careers; before establishing the label, Christian worked as a designer for fashion brands including Versace and Victoria Beckham — Manuel trained as a gardener and restaurateur. Style as well as substance is key. “Imagine a blazer which is as comfortable as a sweater,” says Christian. “Our clothing is easy to care for and easy to travel in. Life is complicated enough. We want to make things easier for our customer.” Naturally, they wear-test all their clothing to perfect each piece before putting it into production.
The dual nature of Weber + Weber’s clothing was key in Mats’ decision to stock the brand at Trunk. “Having spent lots of time in Tyrol, both on the Austrian and Italian side, I’ve always liked the styles and cuts of traditional Tracht tailoring, but it’s only since I discovered Weber + Weber that I have found something that works for me both when I’m hiking in the mountains and walking the streets of London,” he says. “Since the Middle Ages, this Loden cloth has been used by farmers living in the Dolomites and the Alps, but Weber + Weber are one of the only brands using it in contemporary menswear. It’s very durable, and has a warm, soft texture without being heavy,” he says.
Mats’ key piece for autumn is Weber + Weber’s Austrian travel blazer in a smooth navy wool — a new design for this season. “I’d wear it with the grey travel slacks, with a light blue Duane shirt from A Kind of Guise and, if it’s really cold, I’d layer a Trunk Shetland in light ecru over the top.” He says it offers a smart alternative to casualwear — the look can either be dressed down with a pair of CQP sneakers, or dressed up with Ludwig Reiter’s brown suede Touring shoe. “They’re also Austrian,” he says.
“These pieces are elegant, lightweight and comfortable,” says Mats, who has just returned from a trip to Hong Kong where he road-tested his new Weber + Weber pieces in transit. His verdict? “They’re ideal for travelling in. That’s what I think our customers will love about this brand.”
Join Christian and Manuel Weber at Trunk Zurich on October 12th for a Weber + Weber trunk show. Contact us for information.