A History In Refinement: Ermenegildo Zegna
Ermenegildo Zegna is well-known for being at the forefront of fine Italian luxury clothing.
Aside from producing men’s suits for its own labels, Zegna also manufactures suits for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Dunhill and Tom Ford. Being one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics today, this storied fashion house had its humble beginnings when Ermenegildo bought over his father, Angelo’s textile looms in 1910, founding the company in Trivero, situated within the Italian Alps above Piermont in the same year. Through a constant journey of refinement, and only after Ermenegildo’s passing in 1966 that his sons Aldo and Angelo took the company international with the inauguration of their factories in Spain and Switzerland in the 1970s, and subsequently launching sixteen global flagship stores a decade later. By 1990, the fourth generation took the reins with Angelo’s son Gildo appointed head of the apparel division, daughter Anna in charge of store planning and Aldo’s son Paolo as marketing director of the textile faction. Famed for their dedication toward quality and detail, each fabric roll is carefully processed from only the finest merino wool cultivated in Australia and finished in the mills of Tivero, where it still operates since its origination. Undoubtedly, Zegna takes the lead when it comes to their product personalisation.
Taking bespoke to another level, Zegna doesn’t just do made-to-measure tailoring but can also be commissioned to customise specific weaves according to their clients’ wishes. There are 400 types of fabric to choose from, and another 250 more which changes per season. The rarer ones include the exquisite 15milmil15 range manufactured from selected fibres of 15 microns in diameter woven into either a 100% wool standard fabric or both Silk (51% silk, 49% wool) and Linen (55% linen, 45% wool) versions. The Vellus Aureum is also highly limited and is used to produce just 60 made-to-measure suits each year. The Vicuna fleece, the most scarce of them all, known as ‘the fibre of the gods’ in South America used to be only reserved for kings of the Inca civilisation.
With a century’s worth of history in the trade and with the passing of Aldo Zegna in 2000, his brother Angelo presently remains Ermenegildo Zegna Group’s Honorary President while his son Ermenegildo “Gildo” has been ensuring its success as CEO since 1997.
Explore their exclusive collections at Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques in Ion Orchard, Paragon and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
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