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Founded in 1925 as a silk factory in Italy's Como region, Canclini shifted to the cotton sector in the 1960s with the aim to serve a wider base of customers. Simone Canclini, chief executive officer (CEO) of Canclini 1925, talks to Fibre2Fashion about how his shirting fabric company is looking for materials to create new proposals and differentiate its offer from the past, while keeping its trademarks like style, service, quality and good taste.
How different are shirting fabrics today as compared to those manufactured 10 years ago? How many fabric varieties you have till date?
Shirting fabrics have evolved in the last 10 years; yarns titrations are increasinglybecoming thinner, and the prices are still accessible for the market. Ironically, in the last few seasons, the world of formal fabrics has seen a decrease in demand, with everybody searching for more casual and comfortable clothes and looking for light yet 'raw' fabrics.
Tell us about the Como region as a textile hub known for handcrafted stuff.
Canclini works with cotton, but its journey started with silk. This expertise and knowledge are part of our DNA and has stayed with us, especially when it comes to the product part and this is reflected in the whole continuous production cycle. As normally happens in Como, we rely on trusted partners for some manufacturing aspects. This gives us the possibility to access the best skills for every phase of the production process.
What is the demand for shirting fabrics worldwide? How much does Italy contribute to that?
We must say that today Italy plays an important role in terms of varieties. The aim is to create small productions with a wide variety of proposals to allow customers to better differentiate themselves from the rest.
Which are your most influential shirt markets worldwide?
Our reference market is the world, and I don't think the answer could be any different, considering the current globalised economy. That is why we have a product offer that covers every need in the market. As our pay-off points out, we are totally available to customise proposals on specific brand needs and demands.
Which weaves and finishes are evergreen? What new weaves and finishes are you working on?
Poplin and non-solid colours are essential for the world of shirting, as well as light and soft flannels for the winter season, or linens for the summer season.
Where do you source raw materials from and where are the products manufactured?
We are constantly looking for materials that allow us to create new proposals, and differentiate our offer from the past, while keeping Canclini's trademarks such as style, service, quality and good taste.
What is your annual production capacity?
It is millions of metres.
Which are your best-selling products?
We have several best-sellers. For the formal world, we have Skin, intended to be 'like a second skin', featuring super thin yarn of 80/1Compact in warp, and 140/1 for weft. For the sport world, we have our flannels Melton and Mc Kenzie for wintertime, while Linus is a refined linen fabric perfect for summertime. We are also very happy with the market reaction to our Techno Shirt fabrics, like Performante and Biker, which are realised in a nylon bi-stretch composition.
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