Pitti Uomo 91: Fumagalli 1891

What I loved the most about Pitti Uomo is that there is always something to learn or discover. Given the fact that I lived In Sydney and London, meant that I was not really exposed to many Italian brands. Sure you had all the designer brands and niche brands that the people on forums rave about but besides that there wasn’t really that much variety.

I found it educational at Pitti Uomo that you would walk past brands you never heard of but then realise that they have been in existence for over decades if not centuries. When you start asking questions you realise how much history and passion actually goes in to these brands.

People that have been following me for a while know that I am obsessed with pocket squares. For me an outfit is not complete without one. I can wear a sport coat without a tie but I rarely wear one without a pocket square. This is the exact reason why Fumagalli initially caught my attention.

Fumagalli has always been family owned and rooted in tradition.
In 1850 Fumagalli started its operation in Milan as a weaving mill under the leadership of Germano Fumagalli. In 1891 Attilio Fumagalli’s desire to create high quality products led to the production of ties and dressing gowns. Fumagalli continued to innovate and in 1947 experimentation led to the method of printing soft silk twill. Over the years Fumagalli started offering more colours and motives even offering collections dedicated to festivals and landmark events.

In 1980 Attilio's Nephew Paolo Fumagalli continued the legacy and partnered with Guido Delli Fiori whose father was a tailor. Production also moved from Milan to Como as Fumagalli expanded to keep up with international demand. In 2010 Guido passed down the torch to his son Roberto Delli Fiori.

It is always a pleasure talking to someone who is genuinely passionate about what they do.

Roberto Delli Fiori is proud and passionate to continue the Fumagalli legacy and this is obvious from his work. Atillio, the founding father of Fumagalli loved to say ‘Historia magistrate vitae eat’(History is a live teacher). This is a philosophy that Roberto Delli Fiori still follows.  His Inspiration for new patterns and motives come from his daily experiences, nature and travel to name a few. Before finalising his design, he always checks the archives to ensure that the pattern stay true to the heart and soul of Fumagalli. According to Roberto there are over 80,000 different patterns in the archives and that this number does not include all the colour variations. There is definitely a pattern to suit everyones taste and if there isn’t, Im sure its only a matter of time until Roberto designs it.

Fumagalli currently offers a a huge selection of ties, scarves, socks, lapel flowers and last but definitely not the least pocket squares.

Be sure to check out their site on http://www.fumagalli1891.it/ for more.

Mr Roberto Delli Fiori showcasing a Fumigalli tie and lapel flower while effortlessly matching patterns.


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