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The V edition of the Sustainability Report is online

Our fifth sustainability report is a document that represents a transparent report, created according to a model that aims to highlight the high quality of the relationships existing between our Group and its stakeholders, as part of a context that finds concreteness in the economic, social and environmental aspects.

By publishing this new sustainability report, we would like to underline how this document has become, also from a cultural point of view, a significant moment because it describes how the results and initiatives are the result of teamwork.

As for the previous editions, the new balance sheet will be available on our website as well as through a browsable version and a downloadable pdf version.

Find out here!

R domus: the new homedecor collection

On the occasion of the XXIX edition of Proposte, the Ratti Domus design office was inspired by nature inspired verses of Japanese haiku. The compositions, as well as new fabrics, appear simple at first sight, drawing strength from beauty and colours of the gardens in different seasons.

After a period of darkness, this is a creativity reinterpretation, where nature is on the precipice of rebirth.   Between linen and cotton, each print composes new chromatic values to form an exclusive vibrant range of colour. If haiku can be translated as “the colour of the verse,” the same is true for the colours of the new fabrics: bright red joins aqua green, while pink melts in orange among dense brushstrokes of purple as evidence of that richness. The ability to grasp the intimate beauty and fantasy can only be found in nature such as in these combinations.

Each Ratti Domus fabric, just like a haiku, has immediate, natural beauty, but, in fact, is the result of profound inspiration as well as a long and intense work.  These amazing designs represent refinement and elegance in all its forms. The continuous technological innovation combined with style and design are seen in both the weaving and in the printing phase.  This has allowed us to obtain decisive progress in the fabrics technically, making them more versatile thanks to a combination of performance and comfort without compromising style.

In this garden, the new Ratti Domus collection represents a cultured reflection, not only in sustainable materials, but also in the concept of design as a message of positivity and optimism towards the future.


A new commitment for Ratti

Ratti has chosen to join The Fashion Pact, a global coalition of fashion and textile companies, believing that the collective commitment of companies and experts is a fundamental resource for improving environmental performance.


Ratti, together with the signatory companies, is committed to achieving net-zero by 2050, the safeguarding of endangered species, in the protection and reconstruction of habitat at risk, in the elimination of unnecessary plastic and in the adoption of recycled plastic in packaging.

Ratti’s green approach to production

The issue of sustainability has always been close to Ratti’s heart and the focus of continuous improvement. In the huge ‘machine’ of the fashion industry, the textile sector is at the forefront of promoting and safeguarding social, cultural and environmental initiatives. Starting from the choice of yarns and fabrics, through to business practices, Ratti works every day to be a greener company, admired and chosen by all those who believe in ecological and sustainable fashion.

Projects and initiatives for eco-friendly fashion

Nowadays there are many ways to help achieve a more sustainable fashion industry. In addition to sustainable textiles, Ratti’s choice includes social, cultural and innovative practices in the spinning, printing and dyeing of its fine fabrics.

Recycling is at the heart of many activities, particularly within the Second Life project, which was created with the intention of implementing the circular economy of recovering various materials, be they finished products or textile waste. The first initiative is called 2ndLife Fibers and proposes the creation of padding from recycled silk. Silk is an excellent fibre due to its thermal and breathable properties, which make it suitable for processing into wadding, thus becoming an innovative textile material.

Still on the subject of the circular economy and sustainable fashion, 2ndlife Hydro offers a waterproofing service for our favourite garments. As well as helping to reduce the number of garments that are thrown away because they no longer perform, the waterproofing process is environmentally friendly since it does not contain fluorocarbon substances.

The third project called 2ndLife Print follows the path of circularity and recycling, providing new life to unsold garments and leftover stock. In this case, Ratti’s creativity and his deep-rooted tradition come together to revive garments by reprinting fabrics with the old manual technique of “planche” printing.

Eco-friendly fashion: not just projects but concrete investments

Alongside these projects, the company’s environmental commitment is directed towards the careful management of the textile materials used in the production processes, such as the reduction of chemical agents in the dyes, which are gradually being replaced by natural dyes. This has a positive impact on wastewater management. Continuous routine checks and changes in the materials used in the production process mean that waste management is effective and always being improved.

It should also be added that environmental sustainability in eco-friendly fashion, comes not only from factories but also from offices. The investments made since 2014 have allowed the reduction of electricity and methane consumption, thanks to a series of upgrades on the electrical systems as well as the replacement of old machines and batteries that had lost their efficiency, with new generation models.

Ratti: when tradition and innovation come together to create excellence

Ratti’s fabric processing is the result of an art that is all-Italian. This is a mastery that is the result of attention to detail, respect for tradition and a new interpretation of fashion trends. The extreme finesse of the raw material is obtained through constant experimentation by the in-house research and development department, together with the most modern spinning, weaving and finishing techniques, to give the fabrics fluidity and a perfect balance between weights and surfaces.

Tradition and research come together to create a fabric that has been perfected over the decades, interpreting the needs of the leading fashion designers, and guaranteeing them a high quality fabric. In Ratti’s collections, classic fabrics, which are the result of weaving, can be found side-by-side with fabrics obtained using different printing techniques such as traditional table printing and digital inkjet printing.

They are all Ratti fabrics, the product of a Group that has made its spinning, weaving, finishing and printing departments the foundation of its success. Ratti fabrics are the skilful result of vast experience of a craftsmanship that aims for technological innovation in the processing of natural fibres. They represent the evolution of a company that chooses to continue manufacturing everything in Italy, directly monitoring the production chain.

Skilful craftsmanship and sustainable production

Ratti fabrics are designed and produced in such a way as to respect the harmony between quality and the production processes within the spinning, weaving and finishing departments. One of the Group’s distinguishing feature is its ‘green’ production, which harmoniously combines respect for the environment with the processing of over 5 million metres of fabric per year.

Ratti’s commitment to sustainability and its strong link with the local area is actually a hallmark of the company, which has always focused on preserving the quality of its fabric production processes. The search for new weaves and textures is inspired first and foremost by fashion trends, but also by nature, so that the collections can be enriched by new experimentation in patterns and designs, without abandonning the roots of elegant classicism that has always been the bedrock of the brand.

A state-of-the-art facility in the world of textiles

Ratti places great emphasis on the combination of traditional and manual craftsmanship in fabric printing techniques, and the specialisation, research and innovation in the spinning, weaving and finishing departments. In fact, the Guanzate plant is a state-of-the-art facility in which all departments are equipped with the most modern machinery in the sector. The Technical Development Centre focuses on innovation in production processes such as weaving, while the Research and Optimisation Centre (a team of chemical/textile engineers) is engaged in the research and application of new quality treatments on fabrics during the finishing process.

Ratti: work together to improve the system

According to an Eurotex survey, the post pandemic period showed an encouraging recovery sign for the European textile and fashion sector. In particular, in the second quarter of 2021, the turnover of the textile sector recorded an increase of +3.3%, while the improvement for clothing rose by 7%.

Next to this positive trend, today the sector is facing challenges related to the increase in shipping costs as well as energy ones (especially gas) that could undermine the recovery itself. As our Ceo Sergio Tamborini said: “There is no doubt that the perimeter of companies that are affected by the tensions on the purchase costs of raw materials is expanding, but the supply chain has to remain solid to protect made in Italy values. The increase in prices will be a mandatory choice, due to the fact that our supply chain has no longer margins. There is no company that can absorb these increases just as there is no company that can spare on raw materials at the base of the excellence and the quality of our production.

Ratti S.p.A. Società Benefit aims at providing its customers with everyday more excellent products and coherent service in order to fit the responsiveness required by the fashion system.  This is the reason why it’s long since we have been introducing collaborative forecasting practices for textiles demand, based on information sharing with customer.

Nowadays, early information sharing is not anymore a “nice to have” but it became the strategic enabler for ensuring availability of the right materials, with the right timing and controlling prices as well as overall costs.

As reported by general media as well as by industry focused information channels, since past spring a continuous increase of prices is registered for both energy/fuel and textile raw materials [1](often due to  shortage); at the same time we see a general worsening of transportation services (less availability/longher lead times/higher costs), both on long and short routes.

Data show that this is not just another temporary situation; some examples are +39% increase of natural gas prices along Q3 2021 vs the same period in 2020, +23% increase of raw silk and +511% for shipping a container from Asia.

The consequences on the textile industry, assuming inertial evolution, results in a not negligible risk for fashion companies in terms of suppliers adjusting prices very frequently (upward), higher supply uncertainty for key materials, surging response lead times.

We want to catch such scenario, where the upstream supply market cannot but get harder, as an opportunity to furtherly develop and intensify the good collaboration practices with our customers, starting from fostering early visibility on the demand of key materials, both in terms of items and quantity, so to prearrange appropriate supply of textiles and yarns.




[3] Analysis of the Camera di Commercio di Como-Lecco on raw silk prices 20/22D grade 5A and 6A from China, August 2021

[4] Deloitte weekly Global update – August 2021

[5] WCI, visited on September 9 2021