History and Industry
Made in Italy known all over the World
Canepa has been creating textile styles for over fifty years. The company was founded as a silk manufacturer and quickly became a world leader on the high-end market. A hallmark of the Canepa group has always been its ability to look towards the future. Consequently, it has augmented its original business by producing a wide range of supreme quality textiles made from other natural fibres, such as cashmere, wool, cotton, linen and hemp. While expanding its range of products, it has managed to retain the expertise, skill and style which, ever since the beginning, have led the company to excel, always making sure its production remains in Italy. The company is characterised by its ability to combine tradition with innovative processes and an awareness of health and the environment.
Canepa was founded in 1966, but our roots in the silk industry date back to 1930 when the Canepa family joined the Serica Lombarda Company, which itself was the result of the technical know-how and creative skills of a business that had been operating around the Como area since the early 20th century.
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The group is overseen by Elisabetta Canepa, and run by the Canepa and Saibene families. In 2015 saw earnings of over € 107 million with an EBITDA of 11%.
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, Gallieni and Tino Cosma which sell ties, scarves and swimwear.
Production aspects and industrial capacity
In terms of finished garments, annually over 1,000,000 jacquard, printed and tricot ties and 700,000 scarves are produced as well as 300,000 “swim and non-swim” articles, made by the beachwear division.
The Group has around 800 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-color 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 volumes with designs for clothes and accessories also offers unique inspiration.
The company has grown significantly of late, characterised by the continual innovation of its processes and products due to the registration of numerous ecological and industrial patents, confirming its position as a “first mover” on the international scene.
Canepa is particularly concerned about the future and the protection of the planet, and accordingly, is guided by this belief in the regions where the company operates.
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 significant elimination of pollutants (CNR_Biella certification). The project was developed in Melpignano in the Province of Lecce together with Tessitura del Salento Industriale S.r.l., following a contract agreement with Regione Puglia as part of a job creation drive.
Another innovation filed on 26/10/2012 led to a new “methacrylamide-free” industrial process in the thread dyeing stage, which helped to eliminate methacrylamide replacing it with a substance registered as biocompatible and harmonised, with a chemical composition which has also been approved by the US Food&Drug Administration. The new process allows water and energy saving levels equal to 40%, with a consequent reduction of CO2 emissions to 40%.
In keeping with its commitment to sustainable fashion, Canepa , has become the first textile company in the world to sign up to the Greenpeace Detox campaign for a transparent fashion supply chain, free of toxic substances.
Canepa is characterized not only by the quality, creativity and eco-sustainability of its fabrics, but also for the seriousness in its commercial and industrial relations. New materials, special designs and new collections are, in fact, the product of the attention to the many needs of its customers, fairness in relations with its employees and the constant and massive investments in research and development.