About us

The harmonisation of contrasts, a new reading of tradition and research are the defining concepts of ChiGlo, a project created by Chiara and Gloria Piscedda in 2014.

Their production is born as an endless game of refractions between elements which are apparently in contrast but which trace new style paths by finding a harmonic wholeness, in perfect balance between Sardinian tradition and the mindful attention to contemporary rhythms.

The alternation between different elements moves between the Piscedda twins’ personalities and the capabilities of Sardinia, an endless source of inspiration for ChiGlo and a backdrop for great contrasts.

Chiara and Gloria’s creative push is their shared passion to look for beauty, conjugated in products of high sartorial quality produced in the workshop where their mother has had her clothes tailored since they were little girls. This passion was the point of reference between two personalities standing apparently far from each other.

“Since we were children, it’s always been clear that our being apparently similar was speaking to – sometimes even clashing – some very deep differences. In the way we would observe what was around us, imagine, express ourselves. One thing, though, was bringing us together, and making our bond stronger by creating a wonderful world, only ours: the feelings we had when we went to the seamstress with our mother and the wish to be able to recreate what we watched enchanted. Repeating those gestures, transforming fabrics into clothes, becoming the creators of what seemed like magic. As years went by we took different paths but the desire to find a way to actualize our shared passion has always been present. At one point it pushed us to travel together, then, to be willing to learn and study. And, at the end, to be hungry for observation.”
The careful observation of the rapid changes of current aesthetic horizons and the study of the possibilities of expression given by innovative materials and techniques inspired the twins to give life to a path of research which took them back to Sardinia. The place where they first started.

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“After spending so much time observing what was happening in lands far from where we were born and raised, we realized we could look at what we thought we knew with new eyes. We understood that it has a timeless strength. When dealing with traditional clothing, we talk about precise things: lines, shapes, fitting, creativity. We wanted to recreate them starting from our different ways to see them. And we thought we would make them “explode” in the variety of the intense shades of our landscape, just to reflect our differences, our being day and night.”

The world of colors, shapes, sounds and feelings that has been their horizon for a long time, especially for the elements which it keeps together, seemed like the perfect playground to develop their way to find each other in their shared passion for beauty and to create a real aesthetic universe.

The recurring element, starting from the logo and its concentric diamonds, is the geometry characteristic of traditional Sardinian clothing with its dry shapes and a light air tridimensionality. The peculiar lines of skirts, shirts, capes, scarves and coats find new life in Chiara and Gloria’s obsession for high quality fabrics and details through a palette of intense colors, strictly artisanal finishes and peculiarity in the finishings.

ChiGlo is minimalist folk, destructured and recontextualized so as to be worn in a cosmopolitan dimension, inhabited by a sophisticated woman who can express elegance in a highly personal way beyond the mainstream’s reassuring conventions.

BIOGRAPHY

Chiara and Gloria Piscedda first discovered their passion for high craftsmanship in the seamstress’ studio where their mother’s clothes were produced. The encounter with what seemed like an enchanted world moved by a passion which wouldn’t compromise quality, an obsessive attention to details and extraordinary manual skills was essential to their path.

The love which flowed from the ability to create beauty was intensely present since the first visits to the studio and accompanied them along the whole path to the creation of ChiGlo.

After obtaining college degrees in Economics and Architecture (another expression of the twins’ contrasting personalities), Chiara and Gloria decided to tune back into their passion to create clothing and accessories together. They took part to workshops in Italy and in France in order to get back in touch with specific manual skills and product plannings. But, more than anything, they started observing what was around them both on and off the catwalks, and on both Italian and foreign streets.

The first step of their project was the micro-production of t-shirts and sweatshirts which crossed national borders in a short time and were sold in selected shops in Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam. Their objective: to put to test the ability to create variations of shapes and pieces which were apparently codified in a “static’ way. The production was carried out entirely in Sardinia and found its inspiration for some of the recurrent decorative motifs in the texture of traditional Sardinian clothing and in the contrasting palettes of the island landscapes.

This first step was the start of a process that brought the Piscedda twins to radicate the inspiration for their work in the traditions and the territory of Sardinia, the perfect mirror of the duality that characterizes them.

WHERE & HOW

All ChiGlo pieces are entirely manufactured in Italy through a production chain that recalls haute couture in order to create pret-à-porter pieces with a sartorial style, while being able to deeply express a push towards what is contemporary. Every piece can be considered unique for the peculiarity of its production which consists of several inevitable ‘handmade’ passages.

Chiara and Gloria Piscedda are personally committed in every step of the production process. One of the most important steps is the research of fabrics, which are always very high quality, and which need to evoke the volume, lightness and weight of the pieces they’re inspired by in the philologically correct way.

Another key step is the work behind cut and proportions, obtained through an almost millimetrical study of curvatures on the different parts of the body, of connections, of tension and of plasticity of pleats. All this in order to attain a fitting that can magically become alive on the woman that wears it.

The peculiarity of the finishings is also fundamental, with washes that follow complex processes, by employing different substances and sophisticated manufacturing techniques like laser, which evokes broderie anglaise lace designs and antique embroideries.