Locating production entirely in Italy guarantees extremely high standards, as well as safeguarding moral and ethical issues. 90% of Achille Pinto’s production is based in Italy: from weaving and printing to making up the finished products. Weaving is distributed between the Como area, mainly for silk fabrics, and Biella, for the production of natural fibers such as wool and cashmere. The operations of printing, dyeing and finishing are carried out almost entirely within the Casnate production site. All fabrics and finished products are subject to strict quality controls and compliance with international standards.
Made in Italy
Innovation is a key element for Achille Pinto and a success factor for the company. Achille Pinto uses the latest machines and technologies and invests in the development of the know-how.
Innovation is particularly important:
– the different printing processes, which include digital printing and double-sided digital printing - the latest and most innovative technology introduced by the company, cylinder printing, screen print on fabric and screen print on single product,
– finishing techniques,
– the weaving, which combines the silk weaving, typically from Como, to the traditional wool weaving of Biella.
Franco Ferrari, a small artisan jewel for women’s accessories in silk and fine materials, was founded in 1973 as a small but solid niche company, known for the tailoring of scarves, stoles and shawls. In 2002 the brand was acquired by Achille Pinto.
The acquisition brought a solid know-how of tailoring and craftsmanship techniques, which bring the product closer to the haute couture sector.
A reality that combines technical skills, great attention to detail and a passion for a strictly Made in Italy handmade product.
Pierre-Louis Mascia, a trained illustrator, hails from Toulouse, France, launched the Pierre-Louis Mascia line in 2007, under the tutelage of the Uliassi brothers, owners of the Achille Pinto printing factory in Como, Italy, whose glorious history dates back to eight decades of excellence in the field. The collection started with scarves and subsequently grew into a lifestyle proposal which today includes apparel and accessories.
Pierre-Louis Mascia uses collage to create patterns of surprising visual clarity which he prints allover wearable items. Cut-up is integral to his life and practice, from the prints he conceives to a lifestyle of constant commuting between France and Italy.
Words by Angelo Flaccavento