Vitale Barberis Canonico
With over 360 employees, 50 agents worldwide, and production of over five to six million metres of the highest quality men’s suiting fabrics, the Vitale Barberis Canonico Company is at the leading edge of technology and fashion. The Mill is located at Pratrivero in the Biella textile district of northern Italy. The worsted fabrics for men’s wear are markets at an excellent quality-price ratio and with first-rate service. The company specialises in worsted fabrics for traditional formal suits and is one of the largest of this type of business in the world.
The Company was founded in 1936 and became a limited Company in 1971, however the first documents that certify the family’s involvement in the wool trade date back to 1663. The Company celebrated this achievement of 350 years in 2013, and the business can proudly boast to be the oldest wool fabric maker in the world. The Company remains a family owned enterprise, operated by Cousins Alessandro Barberis Canonico, Francesco Barberis Canonico and Lucia Bianchi Maiocchi.
Vitale Barberis Canonico is a completely vertical mill including dying, spinning, weaving and finishing departments and is highly automated. The Company is also a major shareholder in a Combing Mill (also located in the Biella district). The 50% ownership of New England Wool completes the whole chain from procurement to the final fabric and allows full control of quality at every stage.
The Company exports it fabrics to over one hundred countries throughout the world: from UK to Pakistan, from Brazil to Central Africa. The main markets are Italy, Germany, France, China, Japan and the United States.
Vitale Barberis Canonico is meticulous as far as the purchase of the raw material is concerned. The Company is not satisfied with the just the classic parameters of wool like fineness, length and strength. It goes further, evaluating the more hidden aspects which contribute to the style of the wool, like brightness, crimp and resilience, and the amount and dimension of the scales on the wool fibre. All in all, only most suitably bred and prepared wools are used to make an excellent fabric.