Canclini: our weaver for 15 years

"Create together, side by side."

This is the philosophy of this beautiful Italian house with which I have been working for 15 years.

Creativity, dedication and customer service can not be improvised.

The story of Canclini began more than 80 years ago, in 1925, when the company was created within the silk industry in the Italian region of Como.

The first generation change took place in the sixties.

And that's where it all started.

At the end of the 80s, the workshops were transferred to Guanzate (Italian municipality of the province of Como in the Lombardy region in Italy).

The commercial activity of Canclini has been revitalized thanks to the purchase of state-of-the-art machinery and the installation of a new semi-automatic warehouse.

Today, thanks to his passion for work, his dynamism, his constant innovation and his creativity, Canclini is one of the reference brands of the high quality fabrics for the shirts industry.

And that's why I chose it.

Interestingly, the story of Canclini began with the production of Italian shoes.

But over the years, Canclini has set other goals. Canclini is aware of the responsibility it must take in its industry and respect the environment.

Not only in terms of production process, but also in terms of natural resource use, Canclini is committed.

Canclini is committed to share with all the actors involved and who work on its production sites but especially the actors of the textile industry to respect the environment better.


Their fabrics meet the quality standards demanded by the market and are certified by Okotex quality. The products do not contain substances harmful to human health and provides you, customers, with guarantees as to their human-ecological quality.

Canclini's philosophy has always included the social dimension in his creations.


The Global Organic Textile certification is issued by the Certification Institute for Ethics and the Environment (ICEA) which defines a textile product as being "organic".

GOTS refers to an international standard used for certification of natural fibers, which includes ecological and social criteria.

It has been developed by international organizations to assure consumers that their organic textiles are produced in compliance with strict environmental and social criteria.

These criteria are applied at all levels of the production cycle from the harvesting of natural fibers to the labeling of the finished product.

Raw materials, semi-finished products and final textiles must not contain any type of toxic or harmful substance.

The use of toxic heavy metals (formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, nanofunctional particles, OMG and other enzymes, chlorine bleaches, azo dyes, pesticides and fertilizers) is prohibited.

All actors involved within the production chain must comply with an environmental protection policy with specific objectives and procedures to minimize consumption and rejections.

For example, wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional water treatment plant.

The actors must therefore meet the social requirements set out in the core standards of the International Labor Organization.

Canclini fabrics

Canclini fabrics are certified 100% organic according to the GOTS standards that I explained above.

The fabrics I choose from Canclini have the following characteristics:

- Organic yarn purchased from GOTS certified producers.

- The raw yarn is dyed in GOTS certified dyers, using chemicals that comply with GOTS regulations.

- The weaving and finishing phases take place in establishments that have obtained GOTS certificationThese machines are used only for biological tissues, so as to avoid any contamination.

- During the transport phases, the yarn and the biological tissue are isolated with a special packaging to avoid any external contamination.

Before and after treatment:

The 'GOTS' product is stored in areas suitable for biological use.

GOTS-certified companies, such as Canclini, are audited annually and are subject to spontaneous controls.


I have not spoken to you about Pima cotton, which makes Canclini an international reference in terms of cotton quality.

That's actually why I've been working with Canclini for a long time, above all, of course.

Pima cotton "Gossypium barbadense" is classified as extra long staple (ELS) and has a very high fiber length (35 mm) thanks to ideal growing conditions.

This characteristic makes it very appreciated for its extraordinary softness, its intense brilliance, its formidable resistance to wear and pilling.

Supima is grown in the southern United States of America, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

Why ?

Lack of fiber pollution due to mechanical harvesting; this particular cleaning makes it ideal for the production of white fabrics.

The characteristics of Pima cotton are controlled and guaranteed by the homonymous association Supima, which controls all levels of the production process.

SUPIMA is, in fact, a trademark that identifies the American cotton brand Pima, the most prestigious ELS cotton in the world.

Founded in 1954, Supima was established in El Paso, Texas to brand and promote Supima cotton.

The name Supima derives from a mixture of the words "Superior" and "Pima".

Canclini is therefore the owner of this brand.


STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent international system for the control and certification of raw materials, semi-finished and finished products in the textile industry at all levels of production.

Since 1992, OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 has as its main objective the development of verification criteria, limit values ​​and test methods on a scientific basis.

Thanks to its ten years of experience, the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 contributes to ensuring a high and effective product safety from the point of view of the consumer.

Verification criteria and limit values ​​are much more demanding than valid national and international parameters.

Why am I working with Canclini?

In addition to all the points I explained to you above, I chose Canclini because they are Oeto-Tex certified.

But also because they joined the BCI association : Better Cotton Initiative.

Better Cotton Initiative

BCI is an association created to improve the world cotton production for producers and especially for the environment in which it develops.

Made up of actors operating in the United States, Pakistan, India, Brazil and Africa, carrying out projects directly with farmers has reduced the use of water and pesticides in percentages between 30 and 50 .

It is therefore an experience of cooperation along the production chain, from upstream to downstream, whose focus is direct work with the farmers.

"We want the land to be sustainable and to allow cotton producers to continue their activities in the future, at the same level as today"

Traditions and innovations of the house Canclini

It's the creative engine of Canclini and that's why I work with them.

Canclini is a "machine" for thinking.

A wealth of ideas, styles, suggestions, history, creative worlds gathered in 2,500 exposed books, 450,000 fabrics of society and from the English and French collections.

Canclini has a constantly updated creative laboratory, a "secret room" that I can visit and that allows me to inspire myself for my collections.

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