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:
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.
Clerici Tessuto & C. SpA di Grandate: this is the parent company and driver of the entire production chain and sales.
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.
Tintoria MCM Srl of Como: associate company specialized in high quality dyeing and finishing of silk fabrics.
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.
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.
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.
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 2,5 million metres of fabric per year with a sales network that reaches 2,200 customers around the world, 47% in Italy, 42% in Europe, 6% in Asia and 5% in North America.
In 2017, the overall group turnover was € 70,000,000.
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 cutting-edge digital ink jet printers: seven Monna Lisa and one ArioPrint 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.
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.
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: https://www.seri.co.it
In 2017, Clerici Tessuto received from ICEA, Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification, the GOTS certification (Global Organic Textile Standard) for its fine organic silk and silk-wool blended fabrics.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers.
In addition to verifying compliance with the requirements of the organic production of the entire textile chain, from cultivation to dyeing, weaving, printing, finishing, labeling and marketing of textile products, the GOTS standard asses along the entire production chain the respect of the requirements for environmental and social responsibility, in order to assure consumers that the clothes they wear are produced not only without the use of harmful chemicals, but also in working condition ethically sustainable.
Clerici Tessuto is certified OEKO-TEX® Class II– Articles that are worn close to the skin, for cotton, polyamide and polyester fabrics, also in mixed blends, yarn dyed, piece dyed or printed.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used.
The desire to contribute to the production of sustainable fabrics has prompted Clerici Tessuto to obtain FSC® certification, achieved in 2018.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization, established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, that has created an internationally recognised forest and chain-of-custody certification system that guarantees that FSC-certified materials, including cellulose, the raw material for viscose, are responsibly sourced and made and that they are used responsibly from an environmental, social and ecological point of view.
The desire to reduce the pollution related to the plastic material has also directed us towards the use of post-consumer recycled material that could be guaranteed through the GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certification, obtained in 2019.
The GRS is an international, voluntary, textile certification that sets out requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions. The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of textile products (both finished and intermediate) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production.
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.