To this end, the company has created Progetto 62, a new division and creative laboratory oriented towards offering increasingly innovative and sustainable top-notch products, as well as engaging in various collaborations to offer innovative fabric collections aimed at the high-end market.
The company, originally established as a silk weaving specialist, has experienced a significant acceleration in its development since 1988, when Stefano and Massimo Colombo, the company's president and CEO respectively, and sons of founders Piero and Anita, started leading the company in a new direction guided by a new commercial, organisational and creative vision.
As early as 1976, the company had already acquired Feloy a specialized knitwear company from the Prato district, thanks to which Colombo Industrie Tessili doubled its production capacity and directly enter the garment manufacturers' market, initially in Italy and later worldwide.
In the 1980s, it equipped itself with production facilities for finishing and ennobling steps, and brought together in a single area in the current premises in Fino Mornasco, weaving, fabric and yarn dyeing and finishing, guaranteeing a complete vertical supply chain–from design to fabric production and marketing.
In 2012, Mario Boselli Jersey, a producer of high-end jersey, became part of the group, allowing the company to experiment with new forms of interaction between different production techniques.
Today, the new creative hub Progetto 62 allows the company to follow a further evolution bringing new transversal styles of expression by developing new strategies and fabrics according to creativity, innovation and sustainability assets.
Progetto 62 led by the young designer and architect, Arman Avetikyan, together with the company management, has been operating as a creative workshop already for about a year and has already finalised a number of collaborations with young designers such as, Tiziano Guardini, Federico Cina and Marco Rambaldi, as well as involving fashion schools and specialised artisans to brainstorm and generate new ideas and trends and collaborating with external partners to develop new cutting-edge treatments on fabrics.
Part of this commitment is also expressed through the recent publication of its second Social Balance Report for the year 2022, after having published the first one for the year 2021 a year ago.
Among the milestones achieved to maximise support for its 'green commitment', the group uses 75% certified fabrics.
Among the certifications obtained there are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), the most stringent international standard for the sustainable production of textile products made from natural fibers, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), which aims for proper forest management and traceability of derived products, and from June 2023 it will also obtain GRS (Global Recycled Standard).
Colombo Industrie Tessili has also recently dedicated an important area of the company to a physical and digital archive that can be easily consulted, even remotely, creating a place where one can see and touch the company’s heritage and contemporary collections, including MarioBoselli Jersey and Its Artea past selections.
"Bringing our archive to light is a source of great pride for us, as it bears witness to our long history in the Made in Italy sector. Colombo Industrie Tessili is also, and above all, a company that constantly looks to the future and for this reason we have focused on a physical and digital approach, which allows us to reach our national and international customers at all times,” commented Massimo Colombo, CEO of the company.
The company operates in Italy and in foreign markets, including France, Germany, The UK and The US, where it aims to strengthen its presence.