When it comes to shirts, raw materials represent a very important element, and the Italian quality of fabrics in this area is for tradition unique and indisputable. In fact, many historical shirt brands choose fabrics made by Italian manufacturers for their collections.
Two of the most renowned companies which confirm the very quality of the Italian textile production are the ‘Albini’ cotton mill in Bergamo, and the ‘Canclini’ weaving mill in Como. They are key suppliers of some famous brands as Xacus and Bagutta, for their production of shirts collections.
Let’s see in closer detail these two historical Italian manufactories.
Canclini textile industry, a silk inheritance
Symbol of first-rate Italian fabrics, Canclini Textiles started its story back in the twenties, in the productive heart of the silk industry in Como. In the sixties, a turning point in the company production occured, changing from silk processing to cotton weaving, while maintaining its historical quality standard.
“CREATING TOGETHER, SIDE BY SIDE. SINCE 1925 MAIN AIM OF OUR JOB IS TO MAKE THE SIMPLE DAILY GESTURE TO CHOOSE A SPECIAL SHIRT A GENUINE PLEASURE, REFRESHED EVERY DAY.”
Passion, innovation and research have made this company a benchmark in the production of quality Italian shirting fabrics, which now uses pure Egyptian cotton Giza 45 and linen and has specialized in the production of brilliant, durable and fine yarns.
Canclini fabric manufacturing starts from the selection of the best yarns and the great attention in every stage of production, as the spinning phase, the color dyeing, quality control of imperfections and finishing, the most important phase which gives life to fabrics. Personality and shine are added to the fabric in this phase, different particular processes are used according to the fabric intended purpose. The final result of the process is to improve the fabric appearance, its touch and its characteristics. Throughout its history, the company has been able to combine tradition with technology research, and today the new establishment in Guanzate employs over one hundred frames of the latest generation.
Tradition, passion and creativity of Albini cotton mill
It’s been almost a century since Zaffiro Borgomanero founded his weaving mill in Valle Seriana (Bergamo), and nowadays the Albini Group produces cotton fabrics of excellent quality, in five establishments based in Italy and three abroad. It’s creativity has never changed, and after the acquisition of the British brands Thomas Mason, David & Jon Anderson and Ashton Shirtings, the italian mill keeps unchanged its leadership, with a range of over 700 fabric samples.
“SINCE 1876 OUR COMMITMENT AND AMBITION HAS BEEN TO CREATE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FABRICS FOR SHIRTS IN THE WORLD. WE DESIGN AND MAKE OUR PRODUCTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET WITH THE GUARANTEE OF STYLE, INNOVATION AND QUALITY THAT DISTINGUISHES MADE IN ITALY PRODUCTS.”
In the last six years Albini Group has extended its work across the Italian border, founding two weaving mills in Egypt to produce the precious yarns Giza 45 and Giza 87, and cooperating with the producers of the Caribbean West Indian Sea Island cotton, typical of the Barbados islands and Jamaica. That development has enabled high quality Italian weaving to include three yarns of great value, collaborate with local areas where the plantations are located, and produce fabrics for unique and special collections of shirts, because of their superior characteristics.
- Giza 45 Cotton: Egyptian cotton cultivated in a very small area to the East of the Nile delta. It is picked by hand in 5 separate phases which ensure that only the bolls with the correct maturity are selcted. What makes this cotton exceptional amongst all extra-long staples cotton is the finess and at the same time the strength of the fibers.
- Giza 87 Cotton: Egyptian cotton exclusively cultivated with particular climate conditions along the Nile river. It gives rise to extremely soft fabrics which does not in any way degrade over time. Is also guarantees a particular luminosity and bright whiteness to the fabric.
- West Indian Sea Island Cotton: it’s production, which is equivalent to just 0.0004% of the total global cotton production, is principally contentrated in the Carabbean Island of Barbados and Jamaica; two areas that constitute a real climate paradise. It is a resistant, homogeneous and supremely soft yarn, and at the same time it guarantees brightness and silky handle to those fabrics it is used for. Sea Island can be differentiated from every other types of cotton, in fact a detailed and fine consuming procedure is adopted in order to guarantee a 100% purity product.
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Source: http://www.albinigroup.com – http://www.canclini.it