A signature material of the 1980s, leather found its way into the majority of Massimo Osti’s 1980s C.P. Company collections. Osti, as later C.P. designer Alessandro Pungetti explains, was very attached to the Anglo-American concept of leather and its traditional important outerwear pieces. These models formed the basis of his design experimentations wherein he transformed this traditional material and its associated shapes into Italian sportswear. Chief of the techniques privileged by Osti in his transformations was the aggressive and unusual mixing of materials, above all fabric and leather but also knitwear with leather and overdyeing. In Alessandro Pungetti’s opinion, Osti was the first designer to mix these materials in such a way and create an Italian sportswear language for leather. And it was in fact Pungetti, a connoisseur of the material, who made greatest use of these signature developments of Osti and continued to refine them in his own collections.