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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”.

75TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2020, Ratti, always faithful to the corporate values that find their most excellent expression in the union of heritage and innovation, as well as of craftsmanship and quality, reaches the important milestone of seventy-five years of activity.

Founded in 1945 by Antonio Ratti, the Group is still carrying out its production activities today, working with passion to weave and print fabrics and accessories appreciated for their style and creativity by the most prestigious fashion and design houses in the world. The experience and excellence achieved are the result of day-to-day work that unites present and past in a hallmark of continuity as well as in a way of being and thinking that have enabled Ratti to span times and fashions to specialise, not only in the art of printing, but also in the understanding of fibres.

The 75 years of the Ratti Group confirm how innovation drinks at the well of tradition, making the message of its founder very much up-to-date: “To live silk is an art, today just as yesterday” because materials, creativity and talent are the key to understanding this important milestone, giving it new lifeblood.

The new fabrics for beachwear

From November 5 to 7 at Mare di Moda in Cannes

On the occasion of the new edition of Mare di Moda, Ratti Setamarina presents the new fabrics for beachwear proposals for Women, Men and Young at stand 67, in the fair pavillons.

Three different souls for a wider beach collection, vibrant with emotion and with a touch of eclecticism in which materials and chromatic games come together and mix with Ratti’s talent and creativity. In this vortex of colour, there is no lack of attention to sustainability, which has always been the backbone of the Group’s strategies. Sustainable fabrics are the mirror of the certifications that the company has obtained over the last few years to protect not only workers and their experience, but also the immense wealth of ideas and creativity, placing ever greater attention at every stage of printing and production in order to minimize environmental impact.

WOMEN
Aristocratic and sophisticated, but at the same time provocative designs merge with atmospheres and colours that have imbued the culture and creativity that are typical of the Guanzate company. Techniques, gestures and images from a recent past come together in a collection that makes the beachwear fabric itself one of the key elements.
The range of colours is varied, from summer brown to full indigo, with accents and references to the lively opulence of the tonal khaki and the green juice, finally reaching the soft and enveloping atmospheres of corals.

MEN
The underlying theme of the men’s collection is a mix of designs and performances for a highly elegant ensemble that does not sacrifice versatility, thanks to the use of light and technical materials that guarantee a natural softness both in the water and when relaxing under the sun.
Undisputed protagonists of the men’s collection are the conversational designs that play and get lost in a tropical forest full of flowers and geometric patterns. The undisputed colour of this part of the collection is blue, combined with turquoises and light blues that soften its seriousness and give fabrics a touch of freshness.

YOUNG
Designed for young and dynamic clients, this section of the collection springs from solid foundations on which a mix of graphic elements, ranging from animalier prints to the geometric expression of the 80s, take shape. They are all fresh, digital 4.0 designs where pastel colours are combined with classic ones to respond to a desire for sunshine and carefreeness typical of the warm season.

Today, to design a collection of beachwear fabrics – says Francesca Lulli, head of Ratti Setamarina style office – means thinking about digital codes and craftsmanship, daily dealing with a world that is constantly changing and that is attentive not only to aesthetics but also to ethics. 

The new R Setamarina collection is exhibited at the fair with a vision of fashion majestic and light at the same time, a vision with which everyone can identify thanks to the electrifying breadth of offer.

5-7 November 2019
Mare di Moda
stand 67
Palais des Festivals, Cannes 

The new deal collection

The evolution of the world of warp and weft

Innovation, yet respecting the over seventy years of history, eco-sustainable printing technology and creative talent that crosses the borders of the Guanzate Group: these are the cornerstones of Ratti that, since 1945, has created and printed its own fabrics on a texture made of elegance and absolute quality. The deep knowledge of the subject, together with the extraordinary synergy between the territory and its resources, as well as the avant-garde production, have allowed Ratti style office to present, on the occasion of the new edition of Premiére Vision, “New Deal” the evolution of the world of warp and weft.

New Deal makes the idea of printing yarn dyed designs on wool concrete, elevating it to a futuristic level, thus offering an infinite range of possibilities that have no limits, be those creative, linked to timing or more simply of meters (from less than a meter to more important orders). With New Deal, Ratti combines its art of printing with a constant dialogue with the world of fashion ateliers, mixing experimentation and fashion trends so that they become an important texture for every creation.
With New Deal, the classic archive motifs rediscover an unexpected visual lightness that moves from discreet striped lines to checkpoints of all sizes, full of silent interferences and shadows fading into infinity.  Items more transversal to the urban, biting style also exist, revealing the dynamism of the print emanating from surfaces which are animated by optical or fake jacquard designs. Equally unexpected is the visionary colour palette that alludes to a classic to be discovered, where the warm tones of spices match the blues, while the green dissolves in the gray, combining and coordinating itself on a palette without foreclosure or limit.

Once again, the Ratti style office was able to find a new balance between innovation and concreteness for a collection of printed wool fabrics, thus making contrasting elements dialogue with each other, almost as if they were instruments in an unusual ensemble.

Ratti’s natural dyes

A collection of 90 fabrics, yarn-dyed and printed with natural colours.

Building in certainty: this is the spirit of Ratti, during the occasion of the new edition of Première Vision in Paris, presenting its own sustainable creative innovation. After a long period of testing in its development and research laboratory, the result is a dual application of dyes: a palette of 60 colors for natural dyeing of yarns, for the production of yarn-dyed wool items, together with 30 natural printing dyes for the making of printed silk items.

The dyeing of the yarns that make up the selection of the weaved items is completely natural, of vegetable origin, made through eco-compatible processes, which means NOT using any chemical product. The advantages of this natural dyeing process are, first of all, the biodegradability, the low toxicity and the absence of skin allergic reactions. The yarns produced are available in a wide palette of colours ranging from sandalwood to blueberry, touching the shades of turmeric and liquorices, at the same time presenting the characteristics of solidity and resistance to washing and to light exposure. The natural colours for printing have been obtained from vegetable extracts, thanks to a procedure that requires an ad hoc formulation for each shade of colour. Silk is the basis on which tests were carried out, leading to good results in terms of appearance and uniformity of shades.

This natural choice made by Ratti reflects its offer of over eighty items that now constitute the responsible collection. Natural dyes are present in a free, but at the same time impeccable, declination, and follow in the wake of the technological and stylistic study of the company, which has always been attentive to experimentation, thus giving life, from collection to collection, to quality fabrics and prints for a sustainable and trendy wardrobe.

Ratti at Premiere Vision

The new AI collections in Paris

From 17th to 19th September Ratti will participate in Première Vision Paris, the most important world exhibition in the textile sector.
On this occasion Ratti will present the new fall/winter 2020/2021 fabric collections designed for men and women’s clothing and accessories.

Regarding the women’s world, the new fall/winter collection immediately reveals the innate passion for fabrics as proof of dreams, feelings, roots and future. A future where the heritage and the values of the Guanzate Group can be found not only in the adopted stylistic choices but also in the huge knowledge of the matter as concrete basis of the office style talent.
The fabrics of the fall/winter collection tell of a product embracing painting, embroidery and last but not least printing, an art in which Ratti excels. These fabrics are the result of a creative project that not only enlightens the liveliness of the drawings but also the craft behind their completion.
The winter of the Ratti Collection is a light, impalpable one, in- between fabrics retrieving archival motifs, like cashmere, and the rebellion traced by geometric designs or by the new floral, painstakingly pictorial bouquets, that take shape on devoré velvet, cuprammonium rayon with full hands or the ethereal silk cady.
The colours palette ranges from the soft and dusty tones of antique pink, with timid hints of sage green, to red in all its more substantial and material variations, that mixing with dark blue-green recalls the atmospheres of winter seas or of stormy blues.
The new Fall/Winter Ratti Collection 2020/21 tells of a romantic woman, who winks at the narcissisms of the haute couture without losing her being dynamic, eager to build a new figure as only Ratti fabrics can create.

17 – 19 September
Première Vision
Parc Des Expositions
Paris Nord Villepinte
Stand 5R1/5N18