Is developing your own fabrics, and not using readily
available fabrics, critical to achieving your goals?
Yes. We developed our own fabric because we were not satisfied
with catalogue fabrics and so to have a better performance, from
moisture management to natural wind protection without a membrane,
we didn't find a standard solution and we need to do deep in
development in order to develop a specific fabric for this reason.
I can say that 70-80% of the fabric we're using in the collection
is our own.
What sets your brand apart from other clothing
We are not able to compete with the big companies. We are a very
small, compactcompany but our skill is that we invest a lot in
research and development. We're involved in different R&D
projects, not just for cycling but other fields like ultra running,
skiing etc and we can profit from this experience.
Right now we are a company of just eight people, and we have
in-house all the pattern makers and the lab where we can try
different solutions, and we have a great cooperation with clothing
companies in other fields, and some research institutes like the
University in Italy and Austria too, and the institute of research
here in Bolzano too.
We can say we study a lot, and invest a lot of time in the
research that maybe is not so target driven but where we can learn
something and we can improve our knowledge, then we bring this
knowledge to the collection. We would like our brand to be a
compact collection, we don't want to be too big but we would like
this expression of our study of what we learn and our vision.
Is being made in Italy important? Would it be cheaper to
manufacturer in China?
For sure yes, but for us it was important to make all the
clothing in Italy because we can assure of the quality control and
the production process. We don't use common or traditional
production processes, it's a little more complicated because we
start with the development of the fabrics, then we make all the
prototypes and conduct all the testing in-house, then we have our
cutting department, our printing department, and then we have our
This is related to the sustainability of the product. In cycling
the sustainability of clothing is not so common, maybe it's more
popular in the outdoor field, but as a company we have a
responsibility to be sustainable where we can. Everything is
produced within a 300 square kilometre area so we have less
footprint for our process. And we select companies that have a
sustainable approach, with special attention in the production
process that is environmentally conscious. This is part of our
sustainability approach. It's something people care more about.
What are the future plans for the company?
We would like to remain quite small. We need to grow, we hope to
grow, but we would like to be a little bit unique and to be
flexible. We would like to keep our range as compact as possible,
and my dream for the future is to create one garment that you can
use all year. But it's more a dream, maybe it's not possible? But
to keep the range compact is a key aim.
We'll preview some of the clothing range experienced on a ride
around Bolzano with Luigi Bergamo.
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