The young entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna founded the Lanificio Zegna(wool mill) in 1910 at the age of 18, in Trivero, Italy. Located in the Alpine foothills near Biella, Ermenegildo began to produce fabrics using four looms. In his own words, these fabrics had to be “the most beautiful in the world.” Today, Zegna fabrics are still one of Italy’s most acclaimed exports, identified internationally by a red seal.
Ermenegildo had an international vision, ahead of his time, to source the best quality natural fibres, directly from their country of origin innovation in product and in the production process and promotion of the brand. This vision laid the foundations for a fully vertically integrated company and one of Italy’s most acclaimed family driven enterprises.
The Zegna Wool Mill has been the backbone of the company’s success and is renowned internationally for the world’s finest textiles. Four generations of the Zegna family have led the success in textiles, through innovation, carefully balancing science with nature and craftsmanship with technology.
The complete production process is carried out by Ermenegildo Zegna – from raw material selection to finishing. Commitment to quality and the use of modern technology to back up artisan craftsmanship is the living tradition linking past, present and future.
Over the last hundred years, the Lanificio has pioneered sophisticated men’s fabrics to become lighter, softer, more refined and with an improved performance and functionality. Consequently, new fabric standards have been set and new construction methods have emerged in the luxury men’s tailoring and casual industries.See more about the Zegna mill here.