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Ratti at Milano Unica

At the 31st edition of MilanoUnica, Ratti is introducing its new collection of shirt fabrics, with each creative detail free and removed from the concerns of this time. Ratti’s new RCollection fabrics stem from thorough research into the historical archive of the Guanzate-based company in a quest for modernity and graphisms that yearn for simplicity and versatility.

Alongside the classic light-blue tones of shirt fabrics, RCollection tells a story of chromatic contrasts, where the essential nature of black is interspersed with true scratches of seduction through the warm hues of melange grey or dusty autumns colours such as brown, mosses, and purple—resulting in a warm elegance with dynamic appeal. At the same time, the black discovers fresh proportions and stratifications, making space for new geometric and floral patterns.

The fabrics, and specifically cotton and wool, are the hallmark of this new way of interpreting the classic, placing the collection halfway between memory and the present day—enhancing the facets of the modern gentleman as he balances nobility and rebellion. This is the new luxury—a sophisticated simplicity that meets the needs of consumers without overdoing it or amaze at any cost but is always capable of expressing the quality that makes this collection unique.

Certificate of Excellence for Creomoda

The Tunisian Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Inspectorate of Medicine and Safety at Work, has awarded Creomoda the Covid certificate of excellence, for its commitment to tackling this difficult situation, reaching the level of compliance in the management of Covid risk -19.

Right from the start, Creomoda scrupulously followed all the procedures required by the protocol not only within the production site but also in the organization of logistics and transport, adopting all the necessary measures to counter the spread of the virus.

The medical staff who work internally at Creomoda and who are part of the Inspectorate of Medicine and Safety at Work, after having examined the situation, drafted a positive report to the Control and Health Organization of the Tunisian Ministry which decided to assign this certification to the company

To live an omnichannel and digital experience

Ratti has always been paying attention to the needs of its customers and is betting on digital to deliver an experience with a high emotional impact when presenting its fabrics, even without a physical presence. Perhaps the most innovative component of a technological infrastructure that multiplies the opportunities for interaction between customers and the Guanzate-based company are the HoloLens2 headsets—a tool that allows creating an environment where the physical reality of the product, other specific information players, and virtual reality features coexist. Microsoft HoloLens2 allows participants in the meeting to interact through digital contents and holograms displayed around the wearer. Developed in partnership with NASA, Hololenses are true wearable computers equipped with motion and depth sensors, cameras, and microphones to make the interaction with customers as real as possible.

At the same time, Ratti has continued digitising its historical archive, which features over one million items including fabrics, designs, and collections of samples. This upgrade process (the virtual archive does not replace the physical one, but rather complements it, enhancing the experience and making searching more effective), which is constantly evolving and improving thanks to a machine learning algorithm, allows customers to look for inspiration among over 400,000 designs—delivering an increasingly faster and more effective virtual one-to-one experience, with the opportunity to simulate the end result by rendering several clothing or furnishing models.

Among other goals, by exploring augmented reality environments and live connections, Ratti seeks to develop a collaborative creativity and product development process using simple and accessible tools with the required functionality. These include a work platform that serves as a true virtual desk shared with customers, combining the company’s creative skills with digital ones in creating, modifying, and eventually approving the designs proposed by the style office.

Ratti and Valextra

For the first edition of Milan Fashion Digital Week, Valextra has created an installation in collaboration with Ratti, presented in the Via Manzoni flagship store and through a short film. Sailing Through Times tells the story of an imaginary sea journey, featuring Valextra’s most iconic bag, the Iside, as sailing boats. With its rigid, architectural trapeze shape, the Iside has become Valextra’s most popular model and a symbol of its craftsmanship prowess, design-focused and uncompromising approach, and timeless attitude to style.

Ratti and Valextra share many things in common: both founded between the two World Wars in Lombardia, by stubborn and visionary entrepreneurs who rooted their companies in creativity, innovation, quality and craftmanship excellence. This shared heritage led us to remain on top of our game for so many decades and respected by the industry as the best in class.

The Sailing Through Times installation combines 10 colorful graphic sails selected among patterns from the 60s, 70s and 80s, found in the rich Ratti archives. The sails accompany over 300 different Iside bags (featuring over 45 colours and 4 sizes), as symbol of sailing boats facing the sea.

The Ratti silk pieces represent friendly sails helping Valextra navigate through today’s troubled waters, colorfully blowing in the wind and leading us towards new, exciting adventures. Sailing through times, through the good and difficult ones, together.

Watch the video: Sailing through times

Paisley pattern, marks in movement

The boteh or paisley pattern – also referred to as Cachemire in Italian – is a seducing design with ancient origins that recalls exotic fantasies and remote countries. This drop with a curved extremity has been drawn and re-drawn in countless variations. Very few decorative motifs have left such a marked trace in the history of textiles and fashion, which are still cast under its magical spell today.
The exhibition Paisley pattern, marks in movement, is organized by Fondazione Antonio Ratti  (FAR) in partnership with Comune di Cernobbio. It will be held from June 18th to September 18th 2016 at Villa Sucota in Como and Villa Bernasconi in Cernobbio.

The paisley design is a contemporary classic, present in many historical archives of the textile manufacturers of Como. It has long provided various chances for textile operators – from designers to technicians – to display their outstanding skills, which are now recognized around the world as the soul of Como’s textile industry.

More than 150 exhibits – ranging from textiles to scarves, dresses, accessories and ties – will guide visitors across an itinerary that traces the evolution of this mythical pattern in different countries and historical periods.

For further information: www.fondazioneratti.org

ARCHIVE – GROWING UP

In the renovated Ratti archive, textile materials and digital innovation find a new space in which to co-exist on the more than 750 square metres added to the previous facility.

Walking through the aisles and browsing through the 600,000 fabrics, rather than leafing through the 15,000 volumes ranging from paper patterns to precious photographic books arranged along the 6 double shelves that extend for 20 metres, is a way to explore the world of fashion and design of the last 100 years.

In the renovated Ratti archive, traditional and new materials intermingle, crossing boundaries and being used in unexpected ways and, thanks to new technological advances, enabling designs to acquire an allure and to offer increasingly high-performance solutions. Weft and warp disappear leaving room for fabrics and prints that are the result of a tradition and a wealth of experience that are only to be found in Ratti. Thanks, then, to its complete digitisation, two styles and ways of utilising of this space can be preceived: on the one hand fabric as a finished product, the onging fruit of research, experimentation and investment, and on the other hand, fabric as a living and integral part with the world of fashion, design, architecture and art.

Freudenberg Performance Materials and Ratti sign a cooperation agreement

Freudenberg Performance Materials, leading global manufacturer of innovative technical textiles, and Ratti SpA, a creative and responsible company active in the world of fashion textiles, have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of circular economy projects.

The two companies intend to integrate their respective expertise with the aim of designing and implementing new offers, products and services based on the reuse and recycling of textile materials.

The first step in this direction is represented by the program “Second Life Fibers”, which see the two groups involved in the offer of a product based on the reuse of silk. The product will be presented at the next fairs of the fashion industry.

In 2018, the Freudenberg Group employed more than 49.000 people in almost 60 countries worldwide and generated sales of approximately €9.4 billion.

Ratti SpA, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange has a turnover of 110 million euro and is supported by about 800 people. The company publishes its sustainability report.

This agreement testifies to the commitment of both Groups to implement initiatives and programmes on sustainability issues.

New Deal

On the occasion of the new edition of MilanoUnica (February 2020), Ratti is introducing the New Deal collections for men and women, in confirmation of its project to carry out the printing of yarn-dyed designs onto wool, cotton and linen, offering an infinite range of possibilities with no constraints in terms of creativity, or in relation to timescales or more simply to the number of metres ordered.

Through the items in the current New Deal collection, Ratti is strengthening further the link between its art of printing and the world of fashion ateliers, interweaving in a single exclusive weft, stylistic research, creativity and contemporary trends.

The new fabrics in the New Deal men’s range have a strong sense of proportion without losing their easy-going lightness. There is no predominant theme in the style of the new collection, it ranges from British touches that incorporate traditional motifs, to designs of high craftsmanship, through to contemporary glamour, all translated into a young and fresh language. The result is a range of fabrics that outline a man who is impeccable but at the same time relaxed and who wears and interprets the check designs, the true leitmotif of the collection, with a completely new freedom and ease.

The New Deal woman plays with the colours that revolve around pink in all its shades and the common thread between the white, blue and red classics, without betraying the brand’s heritage with its attention to detail and its continuous search for an elegance that stands out without falling prey to exhibitionism. The feminine fabrics of the New Deal collection show an intelligent conceptual evolution of prints for a woman capable of being daring with style, as if she were a modern Jackie Kennedy, so that taste, balance and delicacy become fundamental qualities at a time when there is too much masculinity. Once again, the Ratti style office has been able to strike a new balance between innovation and substance for a collection of printed fabrics, capable of creating an interaction between contrasting elements that results in an absolutely harmonious ensemble.

Ratti Italian Wax

On the occasion of the 2020 edition of Scoop, next February, in London, Ratti introduces its new Italian Wax collection. A series of fabrics, 100% cotton made in Italy, that highlight the similarities between the styles, without thereby amalgamating them, to demonstrate that despite differences in cultures there is a sharing of values and traditions.

Ratti’s Italian Wax is the result of creativity, images and techniques that relate to a recent past that makes fabrics one of its cornerstones as well as a symbol of belonging. The stylistic code that permeates the whole collection is that of a fusion of styles, colours and ideas belonging to cultures beyond the Mediterranean. A series of fabrics that can be defined as explorations of a world of bold shades alongside unusual prints with micro and macro weaves and flowers of giant proportions.

Like a modern saraband between play and reality, the fabrics of the new collection adapt themselves as perfectly to the geometries of women’s clothing as they do to the male wardrobe characterised by suits and jackets.

Fluidity and versatility are a must of Ratti Italian Wax, characterised by a touch of the romantic and interpreted through the latest fashion trends so as to offer to a transversal clientele a versatile tool that combines the history of a brand like Ratti, with its heritage and lightness, and the contemporaneity of the new decade of the 21st century.

#PLASTICFREE

Il Gruppo Ratti continua ad investire sulla sostenibilità ambientale con l’obiettivo di diventare sempre più un’azienda “plastic free 100% recycled”. In questo suo affrontare il problema, Ratti non vuole demonizzare, ma capire come poter trovare un’alternativa alla quantità di plastica che quotidianamente viene utilizzata.

Spinta da questa nuova consapevolezza, Ratti ha deciso di intraprendere una serie di azioni volte all’eliminazione della plastica monouso all’interno dei cancelli dello stabilimento di Guanzate, convertendosi a soluzioni che prima hanno comportato l’utilizzo di erogatori e brocche in sala mensa, per passare poi all’uso di bio-bottle e bicchieri in materiale riciclabile negli uffici, scegliendo, infine, di regalare a tutti i propri dipendenti delle borracce personalizzate da utilizzare con i nuovi erogatori installati nelle palazzine uffici e produzione.

L’incentivo verso un comportamento sostenibile praticato all’interno del Gruppo, dove convivono quasi 600 persone è indubbiamente uno degli aspetti educativi più importanti che si possono avere. Si tratta di azioni semplici tuttavia concrete che marcano la differenza nell’agire quotidiano. Queste iniziative adottate dal Gruppo Ratti rientrano nei progetti avviati con la campagna “Plastic free” promossa nel corso dell’anno dal Ministero dell’Ambiente, così come concorre al raggiungimento dell’Obiettivo 14 dell’Agenda 2030 per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite per “conservare e utilizzare in modo durevole gli oceani, i mari e le risorse marine per uno sviluppo sostenibile”.