10.01.2017 - 13.01.2017 — Hall: 4.0 Stand: D 55
The Canepa group is a world leader in high-end silk manufacture, a position augmented by its production of supreme quality textiles made from other natural fibres such as cashmere, wool, cotton and linen. The process of weaving, finishing and producing the finished garment is entirely carried out in Italy: in fact, we can proudly say that Canepa products are 100% ‘Made in Italy’.
The Canepa group was founded in 1966, but its roots in the silk industry go back to 1930 with the Canepa family’s entry into the Serica Lombarda company, which was in turn the product of the technical know-how and creative skills of a business which had been present in the Como province since the beginning of the 20th century.
The group is overseen by Elisabetta Canepa, and run by the Canepa and Saibene families. In 2015 turnover was over €107 million.
The company has a global presence and has commercial relations with the biggest international retail, sportswear and luxury brands. Furthermore, Canepa also produces textiles for furnishings and owns the brands Fiorio, La Rana and Gallieni which sell ties, scarves and bathing costumes.
In terms of finished garments, annually over 1 million neckties and 700,000 scarves are produced as well as 300,000 “swim and non-swim” articles, made by the beachwear division.
For over 10 years the licences division has been producing and distributing for national and international brands.
The Group has around 750 employees, 25% of whom are creative technicians that are able to make more than 25,000 original designs every year. The company annually produces around 3 million linear meters of jacquard fabric, both single-colour and printed (traditional and ink-jet) on over 160 proprietary looms and printing presses, ensuring superior quality through its cutting-edge technology. This guarantees the production and service capacity to create designs and products on demand with excellent time-to-market.
A library of over 15,000 antique books with designs for clothes and accessories also offers unique inspiration.
The company has grown significantly of late, characterized by the continual innovation of its processes and products due to the registration of numerous ecological and industrial patents.
Canepa is particularly concerned about the future and the protection of the planet, and accordingly, is guided by its belief that the earth belongs to us as much as it belongs to future generations and that we must pass it on to them responsibly.
On that note, Canepa, through the research and development department CanepaEvolution, has created the ‘SAVEtheWATER- Kitotex’ project, which – through the use of non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable natural materials, obtained from chitinous matter found in the exoskeletons of arthropods – allows the reduction of water and energy consumption by 95% and enables the substantial elimination of pollutants (CNR_Biella certification). The project was developed in Melpignano in the Province of Lecce together with Tessitura del Salento s.r.l, following a contract agreement with the authorities of Puglia as part of a job creation drive.
On the 26/10/2012 Canepa trademarked a new pioneering technique: the “Metacrillamide-Free” fabric dying process. This innovation eliminates the use of metacrillamide, a substance used in accordance with existing regulations, instead replacing it with a substance that is non-toxic, biocompatible and harmonised, and whose polymer is approved by the American Food&Drug Administration.
In line with its commitment to sustainable fashion, Canepa was the first textile business worldwide to endorse the Greenpeace Detox campaign for a transparent fashion supply chain, free of toxic chemicals.
Canepa is set apart not only by the quality, creativity and eco-sustainability of its fabrics, but also by the reliability of its commercial and industrial relationships. Innovative materials, distinctive designs and new collections are the product of its attention to the various needs of clients, its professionalism when dealing with collaborators, and its continuous investments in research and development.