We work with artisans who are becoming increasingly rare, and yet their infinitely precise savoir faire remains unequalled in the world. It is our responsibility to preserve these highly-skilled trades which constitute our heritage.
Several stages are involved, from the shearing through to the knitting of a garment. Important stages that require unique talent.
For the processing of our wool, we went to Florence, to meet with amazing Tuscan artisans, experts in the spinning of natural fibres. It is not by chance that these workshops work for great fashion houses. Their traditional savoir faire complemented by the latest technologies, enable the production of combed yarns of a quality found nowhere else in the world.
For the knitting of our pullovers, we work with a French workshop and a family workshop near Porto. The knitting itself, which requires extreme precision at every stage, calls on technical skills which have become very rare.
They are all true, close partners, with whom we develop our designs. We share the same values and the same vision of more responsible, higher quality fashion at every level.
We want to keep these trades here, because it makes no sense to import knitted hats from the other side of the world !
"The company, which was founded four decades ago, invests everything in very high-end French manufacturing. Each person here possesses savoir faire that is virtually impossible to find in France these days. The work of overlocking has almost disappeared, but saving these highly-skilled trades is our objective and if we succeed in being able to assemble in France, we would like to be able to retrain young people and attract them to take up these wonderful trades. Because it makes no sense to import knitted hats from the other side of the world!"
Karine, Manufacture Ruiz (knitting workshop in the Loire department of France)
Natural fibres cannot be worked by industrial processes.
"The workshop was founded in 1962 by my father, my grandfather also worked in textiles, and now it is my son who will take over the family business. It's a family passion. Natural fibres, our speciality, are very different to synthetic fibres and require special skills for two reasons: their irregularity and humidity, linked to their animal origins. Each batch is different and requires discussion in the evening and appropriate setting of the machines. This work cannot be carried out by industrial processes! Once, there were five hundred wool spinning mills in Italy, today, there must be around fifty of us and such workshops have totally disappeared from France, Germany and Spain. However, there is still a demand from the big fashion houses who appreciate the quality of the product and our traceability approach."
Matteo, Polipeli (spinning mill in northern Italy)