Heritage is an unparalleled asset. It is the matrix of our actions and an asset of value that rests firmly on the history, traditions, and culture of the land.
Ricciarini was born at the crossroads between the fabric manufacturing of northern Italy and the wool mills of the Casentino Valley, and, in the tradition of “Made in Italy”, we define our own way of working.
An elected space in the company is dedicated to our historical archive. It is a place available for designers and stylists to consult, where the fabrics and intermediary working materials of our collections are organized and catalogued.
Our archive constitutes the historical memory of our company. It is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and a precious instrument for work in the hands of our research and development department.
Thanks to the Ricciarini heritage, today we can trace an evolution that begins from a unique point of departure, able to sustain an irreplaceable growth process.
In the Heritage, one can find a true jumping off point through which to anticipate and surpass trends, and contribute to the creation of fashion of and for the people.
Casentino is a green and uncontaminated valley: a territory naturally inclined for sheep raising for the production of wool.
Here, the wool making tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, and is where industrial production of the famous “Casentino cloth” began in 1848.
The “Panno Casentino”, or Casentino cloth, with its characteristic nappy quality, is one of the main reasons for the industrial development throughout the whole valley. Famous people who have donned this cloth include Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, and, many years later, the unforgettable Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
The production of wool came upon a period of difficulty only in the beginning of the third millennium, when the circulation of industrial products reduced the demand for artisanal Casentine wools.
Ricciarini understands the cultural value and importance of the Casentino fabric tradition, from which we absorb and safeguard a savoir faire that is the result of over two centuries of history.
The charm of the manufacturing of the wool-making tradition quickly transformed into an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the modern productions of the Ricciarini group.
Manufacturing expertise, craftsmanship, innovation, and contemporaneity come together: from this, textures with singular charm are born.
The Ricciarini story begins in 1974, when Angiolo Ricciarini and his wife Maria undertake the selection of sartorial fabrics. Ricciarini Tessuti is born, a business entity that grows solid and concrete.
The younger second generation takes on the family business. Michele and Sabrina Ricciarini initiate thorough streamlining and corporate restructuring. Michelangelo, the company division dedicated to sartorial fabric retail, is born.
Experience, savoir faire, know how and a lot of passion. Making use of all these elements, Ricciarini undertakes the creation of fabrics for fashion. The stylistic sensibility and profound knowledge of the product lead the creativity of the maison to the creation of a top of the line collection that is unique and distinctive. Ricciarini Collection is born.
The company goes global. Ricciarini Asia Co LTD, through the Entertex brand, produces items in Asia for wide distribution, developing also its strategic role in the Far East as a distributor of fabric products from Italian divisions.
The company broadens production and decides to extend their offerings to circular fabrics. A new division of the business is created that can respond to the needs of the fashion industry. Research and innovation are translated into industrial processes that can offer high quality fabrics, responding to needs that are diversified in terms of timing and pricing. The Box is born.
Just a few miles from the hometown of Ricciarini lies the Casentino Valley. In this timeless territory, the art of fabric creations is part of the landscape, the economy, and the history of its people. With the aim to safeguard and pass on the heritage of the traditional Casentino wool making, Casentino 1848 is born.
The division quickly brings to life fabrics that are naturally in harmony with nature, able to marry tradition with innovation, with a strong, eco-sustainable, and distinctive soul.
With this objective, Ricciarini Corporate was created in 2011 to lead 5 active divisions all over the globe. The corporate dimension allows for the acquisition of specialized skills for each type of product, introducing a transversal approach.The group grows to a global scale.
In September of 2012, Ricciarini Tessile participates for the second consecutive time at Premiére Vision Paris, one of the most important fabric fairs in the world. They win two recognitions: one for the most innovative fabric, and the Grand Jury Prize. It was the only time that a single company was awarded two prizes during the same edition.
The new Ricciarini headquarters in Turkey and a new step in the large process of internationalization. The new production site allows to reduce the delivery times of fashion collections and responds specifically to the needs of large brands.
At the close of a historic period that has revolutionized the competitive context and brought an attentive evaluation of the economic, environmental, and social role of the company, Ricciarini undertakes a journey of transformation and regeneration. Pivoting on culture and sharing, it has eliminated waste and fragmentation, pursuing traceability and sustainability.
Today, Ricciarini is a business and a brand: a unique, solid identity, with a flexible and cohesive structure. It is a protagonist of change and can interact with external cultural spheres, predict trends, and create innovative synergies.