Como-based Clerici Tessuto, a world leader in luxury textile manufacturing, receives GOTS certification by ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification) for its sublime, organic silks.
Clerici Tessuto produces luxury fabrics for men and womenswear, accessories, underwear, beachwear and home furnishing. Founded in 1922, at present the company owns a complete textile production chain: weaving and warping, dye works and printing, employing +300 people, covering the entire finishing cycle of silk and other natural fibers. The company manufactures, finishes, transforms and sells more than 2.500.000 meters of fabric per year with a sales network that reaches 1,800 customers around the world, 40% in Italy, 45% in Europe, 5% in Asia and 10% in North America.
Along with Clerici Tessuto, other three companies of Filo d’Oro have obtained the GOTS certification: Tintoria MCM, the dye mill Ambrogio Pessina and the printing mill Sara Ink; all affiliates, subsidiaries or companies controlled by Clerici Tessuto & C. S.p.A. The production of organic cocoons is instead guaranteed by the certification of Ongetta Srl, the leading Italian importer of organic silk and the first link in the Filo d’Oro supply chain.
GOTS is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. GOTS is the highest standard in the world for organic fibers, internationally supported by several organizations such as Organic Trade Association, IVN Japanese Organic Cotton Association, and Soil Association.
The GOTS certification obtained by Clerici Tessuto involves its entire supply chain: Filo d’Oro, the only Italian textile supply chain now able to ensure the production of significant quantities of certified organic silk fabric.
In addition to verifying compliance with the requirements of the biological production of the entire textile chain (from cultivation to dyeing, weaving, printing, finishing, labeling and marketing of textile products), the GOTS standard asses along the entire production chain the respect of the requirements for environmental and social responsibility, in order to assure consumers that the clothes they wear are produced not only without the use of harmful chemicals but also in working condition ethically sustainable.
The production of organic cocoons is instead guaranteed by the certification of Ongetta Srl, the leading Italian importer of organic silk and the first link in the Filo d’Oro supply chain.
“Clerici Tessuto represents the excellence of Como Silk around the world and has always remained faithful to its strategy, choosing to focus on high-quality silk even during crisis times. Today, the market presents new challenges and we are ready to seize them, so we decided to invest in organic silk production for high fashion, involving our entire supply chain. For too long the fashion industry has been held on the margins of the debate on social and environmental sustainability, issues that should be central to an industry that involves millions of people, from farmers to manufacturers till shoppers in millions of stores around the world.“ Alessandro Tessuto, Group President.
For the Clerici Tessuto Group, 2016 ended on a positive note, heralding a turnover of 67 million Euro. This has enabled the group to invest in digital transformation with the opening of an online store offering a wide selection and stock service of top quality apparel fabrics (shop.newtess.com) and expand the production capacity with the purchase of several new generation looms, the enhancement of the printing mill SaraInk and the purchase of a stake in the Biellese dyeing mill Iride.
2017 opened with a change at the top of the group following the appointment of Stefano Bernasconi as new CEO of Clerici Tessuto & C. S.p.A. Mr. Bernasconi has an international experience working in consulting business, a proven track record in management and has deep knowledge of the business model of the fashion industry. The appointment of the new CEO, who has previously collaborated with Clerici Tessuto, is instrumental to the generational change taking place within the Tessuto family, sole owner of the company since it was founded in 1922 by Rachele Clerici and by her husband Alessandro Tessuto. The new CEO will work closely with Sara Tessuto, the daughter of the President, who, after an international experience, has returned to the company headquarters in Como with the dual role of Manager of the Digital channel and Communication.
source: Clerici Tessuto