The Fumagalli 1891 History 2

History is a great present, and never just a past.(Source historic images: Fumagalli archive)

1850 : THE ROOTS

Fumagalli & Pianca weaving mill started its operational in Milan, under the leadership of Germano Fumagalli.

 

1891: THE FOUNDATION

In Milan, during the industrious Belle Epoque, Attilio Fumagalli, driven by the desire to create a high quality product and with a great family textile tradition, started the production of ties in gauze and dressing gowns in silk. The factory workrooms is located at Via Sirtori 22 - Milano.

 

1899: THE GAUZE

During those years, at the end of 1800's, it was normal practice to go into the old headquarter in via Sirtori to get a tie made from Fumagalli gauze. After choosing a design from the archive, you could watch your tie woven and admire the hand stitch finishing as the cloth passed down the hand frame.

 

 1906: THE SEMPIONE CELEBRATION

The opening of the Simplon pass, the theme of the Universal Expo, is the first of a long series of memorable events, always celebrated with a dedicated tie,  signed Fumagalli, of course.

 1920: THE TWENTIES

The famous golden years: the desire for freedom, rebirth and optimism. The clothes follows the rules of art; simplicity, straight lines, soft and innovative fabrics, such as rayon, are dominating. A man with class wears Fumagalli.
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1930: THE THIRTIES
The world of fashion is revolutionized by the movies and the use of cars. Everything becomes more faster and more dynamic. The new trend is starching shirt collars, and embellishing with a pretty bow-tie, of course made by Fumagalli. The factory is expanding.
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1946: THE HISTORICAL JOURNAL CLUB
Fumagalli ties are featured in CLUB magazine, which since its foundation is responsible for bringing all the more important protagonists of Italian clothing . Throughout Italy when couture speaks sartorial elegance about ties, it is Fumagalli on demand.

 

 1947: THE GOLD TWILL

The constant experimentation lead to the creation of a really special patent: "THE GOLD TWILL". Colors more 'lively, well-outlined designs and softner. Alberto and Mario Fumagalli register the method to print the soft silk twill instead of the more 'common crepe de chine.

 

1947: FUMAGALLI LIKE AN EXAMPLE OF MADE IN ITALY IN THE WORLD

The challenge of post-war makes it more special. The Fumagalli sales network is extended worldwide.

 

 1950: THE BEGIN OF FASHION TRENDS

 

The Fumagalli tie becomes an object of art, giving rise to greater creativity and the research for new fabrics, weaves and colors.

 

1955: THE FIFTIES - FUMAGALLI ADVERTISING, CREATIVITY

People are re-invigorated with a new energy and zest for life. There are more jobs for all and clothing becomes a status symbol. Fumagalli comes out with collections dedicated to festivals and landmark events.

 

 1963: THE ECONOMIC BOOM

The Fumagalli-made in Italy label accompanies Italy's economic growth offering new stylish creations for a wider public.

 

 1967: THE COBRA FUMAGALLI

The fantasy style Fumagalli with its famous advertising: the Cobra Fumagalli.

 

1891-1981: TO COMO LAKE

Paolo Fumagalli, nephew to Attilio the founder, meets Guido Delli Fiori, who, from a family background of exclusive traditional clothing, proves top be the ideal partner to meet new challenges imposed by the market and expand the international distribution. The headquarters is moved to Como.

MILANO 1891  ARCHIVIO STORICO FUMAGALLI  1899 - 1987

ARCHIVIO STORICO FUMAGALLI 1901 - 1979

MILANO 1891 : it begins

"La Raccolta Storica di Edizioni Limitate"

Marco Polo and the very long history of :

THE SILK

The most important meeting

Kublai Khan

Looking for the best yarn in the world

THE LONG WAY BACK TO VENICE

THE FUMAGALLI MUSEUM

INSIDE The magic world of this incredible natural Fiber

FUMAGALLI ARCHIVE STORYES

CRAFTSMANSHIP

CULTURE IN CRAFTS

The details create a group of beauty and uniqueness is made of hidden parts.

The research needs to go beyond what we already know and to discover new ways. 

Curiosity is the fuel of research.

NEW CHALLENGES

The style. 

The style drives us to express ourselves in simple and elegant ideas. Knowledge is the result of experiences that are handed from generation to generation. The passion makes us curious about our craft.

DETAILS, RESEARCH AND PASSION

Travels increase our knowledge by teaching the traditions of other peoples. The craftsmanship is the tendency to make best use of our manual gifts.

1952 : THE STORY OF THE FUMAGALLI GOLD TWILL

THE CHALLENGE OF Fumagalli: finding the richest fabric

Continues research from the historic Fumagalli’s textile archives. This means going back to the way that brought Fumagalli to this patent a unique yarn and finishing in the 50’s years: THE GOLD TWILL. 

The constant testing brings to the creation of a really special patent: 6 strand Yarn, more intense colors, designs well-defined and a level 36 of crispness. Alberto and Mario Fumagalli registered the method to print the silk. The silk twill substung the most common crepe de chine.

Opaque, noble, raw, dry, thick, dense and rich are some of the adjecves that characterize the Gold Twill fabric. In silk 6 strand Yarn, with a weight of more than 40 oz, is then treated with light touch of an oxidants during the finishing. Over printed on a yellow background, that makes it naturally older. The designs are deliberately opac to recreate the print by hand, so-called "planche", the tradional hand made printed "

how to wear a printed tie

The incredible richness of this fabric suggests that it can be worn on any occasion.
Ideal for clothes but also for jackets. The suitable situation is suggested more 'as the formal one in the occasions of job or of appointments

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RACCOLTA STORICA DI EDIZIONI LIMITATE

THE "COLOR PROOFS" 

All the color proofs are collected in precious books carefully preserved in the Fumagalli archive since the 1895.

THE "PRINT TEST" HISTORICAL CARDS

1929 : Before engraving the pictures all the drawings are tested both on paper and on the test. Both collections are collected in the proofs section of the Historical Collection of Limited Editions