There is much to tell when it comes to the story of Lanificio CINI. If we look back, to its initial foundation back in the 19th century as a humble workshop producing cloth, coarse blankets and finer fabrics, to where the company is today, we can conclude that luckily; a lot has stayed the same. Indeed, the company has made a qualitative sartorial leap, but the profound love for the original woollen mill and deep respect for craftsmanship have remained, even after all these years. Tracking back, in the mid 20th century, the hard-working CINI family transferred its patrimony to Mr. Sandro Zara, a close friend of the house. He was trusted with the task to preserve the CINI heritage and culture. A task he took on with the utmost respect and has carried out faithfullly ever since. During this époque, colliding with the home-coming of the atelier to Venice, a symbolic change was made. With respect to this newfound sartorial direction, a curated array of clothes was slowly developed. Non-seasonal in nature, anti-trend based and crafted from traditional workwear silhouettes, rooted deeply in the Venetian lagoon and its vast rural lands.
Key to this precise work are the incredible archives that the CINI family maintained. From original fabric swatches, to astute weaving dimensions, patterns and cloth experiments, everything has been maintained meticulously. This richesse of knowledge was translated into a series of controlled garments, that ooze history and forlorn sartorial romance. This exercise provides a novel take on what the Lanificio CINI stood for, in a humble yet comtemporary setting.
These are not clothes that overimpose themselves, instead they embrace a poetic longing for a slower, more profound approach towards society. Each hat, blanket, cloak, shirt or overcoat tells a unique story, one marked by almost two centuries of sincere artistry.
CINI shapes a dialogue between maker and wearer, one that is open and respectful. From inception to finish, each individual product is a result of the philosophic touch of true artisans. Their hands mend the woolen thread, woven by historic techniques, carefully yielding the fabric into its definitive shape. Nothing is left to chance, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
A world of sincere creation. A universe of story-telling. A place of life.