A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Fabric Mill

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Fabric Mill

 In today’s blog post, we’re talking about Vitale Barberis Canonico, a fabric mill that produces some of the best quality wool for a few of our brands.

Vitale Barberis Canonico traces their origins back to the 1600s. Then in the 1800s, it became industrialized and since then, the company has expanded to well over a 100 employees.

Vitale Barberis Canonico, in its current set up, came about around 1937 or 1938 before it was abandoned due to World War II. But the war came and went  and the brand was restarted at the end of the 1940s. In the 1950s, Vitale Barberis Canonico started using wool, which at the time was a poor fabric, but Canonico made use of some recent industry developments to take the fabric to the next level.

The sons continued improving the quality standards until its current incarnation, which is now internationally recognized for its exceptional quality for first-rate gentlemen. 

Their inspiration comes from historically timeless pieces. They believe there is no need to improve on a style that has lasted throughout history. 

They manufacture everything in Italy and control everything from the combing process, to the washing, and the cleaning in order to maintain a consistent end product using the best in technology has to offer.

The fabrics have been tested for all types of weather and conditions. The sheeps themselves are harvested from the finest breed on a rural Australian farm owned by Vitale Barberis Canonico. 

The brand has a historical connection to their workers, with most of them being 3rd or 4th generation employees of Vitale Barberis Canonico.  

Some of the brands we carry that make use of Vitale Barberis Canonico fabrics:


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That’s all for today! You can catch us at tomorrow’s Culture Collective Arts Market at the Yellowhead brewery, located at 10229-105 ST Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Learn more about the arts market here: http://www.culturecollective.ca/

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