About Us

The Group

Clerici Tessuto is one of the most important textiles manufacturers in the world for the luxury sector, with ranges for men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and home furnishing.

Founded in 1922 by Rachele Clerici and her husband Alessandro Tessuto as a company for trading in silk fabrics, the company is now in its fourth generation, with the present Alessandro Tessuto as its CEO and his daughter Sara as communication manager.

The company now owns a complete small scale textiles production chain, which employs more than 300 employees, covering the entire finishing cycle of silk and other natural fibres.

Over the years, Clerici Tessuto group has successfully combined traditional craftsmanship and the excellence of Como silk, currently represented by the classic collection, chiné fabrics and cut voided velvet, with research and innovation in the yarns and weaving, warping and printing techniques, in order to respond to the requirements of an increasingly demanding market.

Foreign trading subsidiaries:

Clerici Tessuto France Sas

With its headquarters in the heart of Paris, this company has been the parent company’s trading partner on the French haute couture, prêt-à-porter and home furnishing markets for more than 20 years.

CTC USA Corp.

With its headquarters in the prestigious Manhattan area of New York, overlooking the historic Bryant Park Opera, this company meticulously performs the day-to-day sales management of our American clientèle.

Clerici Tessuto group is made up of the following manufacturing and commercial areas:

Yarns

Ambrogio Pessina Srl di Montano Lucino: associate company; this is a dye works specialising in cone dyeing silk yarns to be used for the manufacture of fabrics for clothing, ties and home furnishings.

Weaving

Clerici Tessuto & C. SpA di Grandate: this is the parent company and driver of the entire production chain and sales.

Printing

SARAINK Srl di Villa Guardia: This company is a subsidiary specialising in the creation of printed fabrics of extremely high quality using digital technology. Equipped with extremely modern facilities, it is an effective and flexible part of Clerici Tessuto group, with a low environmental impact. Part of the manufacturing output is on behalf of other companies.

Dye Works

Tintoria MCM Srl of Como: associate company specialized in high quality dyeing and finishing of silk fabrics.

Logistics

The group has a logistics hub at Villa Guardia covering an area of more than more than 3000 square metres. There, quality control is performed on the raw fabrics in stock; the receipt of finished products is channelled and lastly, painstaking quality control of every metre of fabric produced is performed before shipping.

Outlet

new tess is the Clerici Tessuto outlet, open to the public and to couture houses with a vast selection of solid color and patterned fabrics. It is also a stock service of ready prepared items in silk, wool and microfiber, updated on a seasonal basis, in more than 700 colors, always available in stock.

History

Founded according to the wishes of Rachele Clerici Tessuto as a small weaving factory, with machines and hand looms, and now in its fourth generation, today, Clerici Tessuto is a leading group on the Italian and international scene for the manufacture and sale of luxury fabrics for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories and home furnishing.

The old works, founded in 1922, has now been converted into an impressive 10,000-m2 industrial complex that houses all the functions of the company and the entire manufacturing process, from creation to completion of high quality fabrics and accessories.

Supporting the Italian headquarters are the trading companies Clerici Tessuto France Sas, in Paris, and CTC USA Corp., in New York.

Through the passion and entrepreneurial skill of Alessandro Tessuto, the current CEO of the company, Clerici Tessuto group has successfully responded to the challenges and uncertainties of the global market, setting up new partnerships and creating the first small scale production chain of silk in Italy, which brings together the best energy and skills in the Como textiles industry.

Hence a mini manufacturing district has been created, every component of which is streamlined, flexible and timely, capable of producing over 2,500,000 metres of extremely high quality fabric every year for clothing, accessories and home furnishing, all strictly made in Italy.

Company Information

Clerici Tessuto has a share capital of €7,800,000. The whole group is made up of 300 employees making up, 260 of which are employed in the parent company.

The company manufactures, finishes, transforms and sells more than two million metres of fabric per year with a sales network that reaches 1,800 customers around the world, 40% in Italy, 45% in Europe, 5% in Asia and 10% in North America.

In 2015, the overall group turnover was € 65,000,000.

Manufacturing Facilities

The Grandate weaving factory, located on the same site as the company headquarters, has 100 state-of-the-art Dornier looms and an impressive warping department with 5 machines.

SARAINK print works, based in Villa Guardia, is equipped with 10 cutting-edge Monnalisa digital ink jet printers and is entirely vertically integrated in the preparation and finishing of fabrics.

Ambrogio Pessina yarn dye works, based in Montano Lucino, is equipped with a highly technologically advanced system that guarantees a high quality finished product.

Social Responsibility

At Clerici Tessuto we have always had a corporate culture focused on setting value on our human capital, as we believe that this is the best way to maintain and increase that typically Italian competitive advantage represented by the cultural factor.

Part of this strategy is the Training Company project: a learning process centered on the educational and training potential of work, implemented in association with the Oliver Twist professional school in Como.

The project, which began in 2011, is still in progress and involves the transfer of a whole class to the business premises, with a flexible learning approach that systematically links classroom training with practical work experience.

The project is implemented on a job rotation basis in all the company departments, employing the young people four days a week. Each student is assigned to a company department for two weeks and is then moved to each of the others in turn. This method allows each student to put themselves to the test in different working environments, displaying their talents and skills and allowing them to again an overview of the company.

The aim of the project is not to train the students in a specific role, but training through experience, that is to say, arousing curiosity and encouraging research and the desire to learn in an adult context, in which the working environment is not simulated, but a product is manufactured that must meet with the appreciation of the end customer.

The educational aim is first and foremost to train the individual, enabling them to develop specific skills in a real working environment.

What we have learned from this experience is that everybody wins: everyone has to challenge themselves, the employees invest their time and effort and create new interpersonal relationships that go beyond company duty and the students challenge themselves and experiment with their knowledge and abilities. There is a strong component of reciprocity and personal growth.

Certification

Clerici Tessuto is a company certified Seri.co, the quality trademark of Italian silk fabric that ensures the quality of fabric and the production system from which the product comes.

Quality of Seri.co product
Compliance to standards
Seri.co guarantees that the qualitative characteristics of the fabrics ensure a correct performance by correctly following the use and care treatments.

Health and safety
Seri.co guarantees that the fabrics do not contain or release harmful substances to health of consumer, and therefore meets the demands of

the market that requires safe products that give confidence to the consumer.

Company’s  quality
Company’s reliability
An evolved market which is the  current one, requires products manufactured to the precise codes of ethics, social and environmental constitute a recognized guarantee.

Seri.co integrates some of the requirements of the ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and SA 8000, with the aim to obtain a textile product which respects the qualitative, the social environmental and the ethical codes.

For more information: http://www.seri.co.it

Archive

The Clerici Tessuto archive was set up in the Nineties owing to the passion of Alessandro Tessuto for his company and for the world of textiles.

The archive jealously guards harnesses artistic heritage of inestimable value, made up of a library of more than 4,000 antique books, 600,000 fabric references, organised by year of manufacture, type of product and category, and 70,000 original fabric designs.

An essential part of the archive is the collection of all of Clerici Tessuto’s production throughout its history, from the outset to the present day, made up of numerous collections that are the result of research or purchases from historic companies.

The archive is an inexhaustible creative and technical source, which is now available to the company design departments and to customers from around the world and can also be consulted online, owing to the meticulous digitisation of the entire documentary heritage.