The Ratti Archive

Our knowledge of the past generates new ideas and new forms of beauty.

THE RATTI ARCHIVE

Knowledge of the past creates the future. Is not surprising, then, that fabrics from the past continue to be a source of inspiration. Very well known in the fashion world, the Ratti Archive is a fundamental reference for product development. The Archive houses all the samples made since the company was established, beginning with the legendary F1 – the very first scarf designed by its founder in 1945. The encyclopedic Archive collection consists of over 400,000 fabrics with their respective original sketches, proof prints and samples, and includes men’s and women’s accessories, apparel, home and contract fabrics.
Fabrics are displayed on open shelves, according to a tree-like classification system specifically designed by Antonio Ratti for quick and easy reference. Ratti protects the originality and exclusivity of its designs with utmost care and in a rigorous manner. Fabric images are digitized. The digital archive contains over 800,000 items and is available for consultation on site.

ALL THE ARCHIVES

The Ratti Archive includes tie fabrics (from 1945), women’s accessories (from 1960), womenswear fabrics (from 1965), home furnishing fabrics  (from 1980) and archives of other companies. The different styles, designers and types of fabric have contributed significantly to the richness and diversity of the collection. Ratti considers archive acquisition one of its most crucial and strategic business decisions.

The Rainbow Archive (company acquired in 1995)
Yarn-dyed and printed womenswear collections from the 1970s to the 1990s, inspired by the American art and fashion of those years.

The Braghenti Archive (company acquired in the 1990s)
Womenswear jacquard and plain fabrics and sample books from the early 20th century.

The Bernard Nevill Archive, part of the Canton archive
Apparel fabrics of the 1960s /1970s.

The Bianchini Ferrier Archive, part of the Bianchini Ferrier archive purchased in 2004
Womenswear fabric sample books.

The Campi Archive (company acquired in the 1990s)
Top-tier patterned fabrics for men’s accessories from the early 1920s.

The Ravasi Archive (company acquired in 1972)
Printed and yarn-dyed tie fabrics from the 1920s on.

The Fede Chieti Archive (acquired in 1998)
Home textiles from the 1930s. Fede Cheti collaborated with important artists such as Gio Ponti, Dufy, De Chirico, Melotti, Peynet, Gruau and De Pisis.

The Gandini Archive (acquired in 2012)
Printed and yarn-dyed silk, wool, cotton and linen manufactured from the 1960s to 2010.

The Suzanne Janin and Jean Peltier Archives (acquired in 2013)
These two artists had solo exhibitions in the most important museums in Paris and the US, worked for big names in fashion, including Elsa Schiaparelli and for the best-known international textile companies.

The Library of Art and Fashion

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fondazione Antonio Ratti