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The epitome of traditional sartorial artistry, the Lardini brand sinks its roots in decades of tailoring experience, local knowledge, sheer determination, fine Italian manufacture and dedication to quality.
Each one of these traits has contributed to Lardini being today one of the most important clothing firms on the Italian and international market.
Custodian of manufacturing skills reserved for few nowadays, Lardini is based in Filottrano, an enchanting medieval town in the Ancona area which does not only provide a spectacular corporate setting, but also nourishes Lardini’s very soul.
The upwards path to success
Armed with little else but a passion for style and elegance, Luigi Lardini started out in the Seventies at the tender age of eighteen by creating a menswear collection. Intuitively sensing the potential behind his choices, his brother Andrea, then 21, and his sister Lorena, 19, joined forces with him whilst their father provided the financial backing for their start-up process. In 1978, a tailoring workshop was opened which soon aroused the attention of some fashion greats. Within a few years, the list of customers who enlisted Lardini’s services to make garments for them had grown and included some distinguished international names. Business burgeoned and the Lardinis took on different roles, acting in different yet complementary capacities to foster corporate development: Luigi handled the style issues, Andrea, with his university degree in computer engineering, took care of the technological side of matters whilst Lorena took on the responsibility for administration and financial management. A few years later, their younger sister Annarita also joined the family company assuming the position of quality control on all the garments leaving the company plants.
Fired by their business success and prompted by a desire to expand into new directions, in time the Lardini family resolutely took on a new endeavour and sought to forge a collection in their own name.
So it was that in 1993 the first Lardini menswear collection emerged from their workshops.
Today 2,000 garments are produced at Filottrano and sent out to international markets via a constantly expanding distribution chain which can currently rely on 550 sales outlets in carefully selected multi-brand stores and retail spaces in the finest department stores, not only in Europe but also in Japan, Korea, Russia, China and the USA.
In 2014 a new showroom measuring about 800 sq.m. was inaugurated in a prestigious historical building in Via Manzoni in the high-class Via Montenapoleone Fashion District of Milan, Italy. In 2016, the premises were extended by further 300 sq.m..
In April 2016, Lardini opened its first boutique in South Korea in partnership with Shinsegae International.
This was a vital step in its foreign expansion project as it promises to be a springboard for commercial development in the Far East. The Seoul store, soon to be joined by another boutique in Busan City, places a seal on this first international partnership which will lead to, amongst other things, the opening of additional retail stores inside the various Shinsegae department stores on Korean territory.
Still in 2016, Lardini improved the technological setup of its productive processes and expanded yet again, almost doubling the space occupied, but without jeopardising its sustainability standards or detracting from the surrounding landscape.
In the midst of an unstable economic climate and an international crisis, Lardini, which exports almost 70% of its production, has held its own.
Today, it continues to create new jobs (350 within the company and 600 for satellite workshops) and has managed to increase its turnover. As can be seen from its financial reports (for a business year which commences on 1 October and closes on 30 September), it brought its turnover from 37 million euros in 2009 to 55 million in 2012 (+4%), then again to 71 million in 2014, closing in 2015 with a turnover of 73 million.
Today, Lardini’s own-name collections is split into various lines which differ in style but all have the same meticulous sartorial attention to detail. As Lardini has evolved over the years, other ownname lines have been added to its menswear collections, all of which have enjoyed the same success: Gabriele Pasini, a namesake collection created by the gifted designer who combines tight tailoring with a classic British aesthetic and its inherent rebellious streak.
Lardini, the fruit of creative collaborations with a string of internationally eminent fashion names. One essential collaboration in terms of style and visibility is that with Nick Wooster, creative director and one of the most important influencers on the international scene. RVR Lardini, a sustainable collection of outerwear given a unique spin with the concept of reversibility (RVR stands for reversible) meaning the garments can change personality and look according to the occasion and the climate. Lardini donna, a coordinated womenswear collection which is rapidly gaining a foothold on the market.
Tailoring spirit and ecological soul
Relentless rigour, quality tailoring and sheer elegance are the mainstays of Lardini style, reflected perfectly in the architectural design of its corporate premises which blend in harmoniously with their natural surrounds.
All is light and clear to the eye. 20,000 square metres of functional simplicity making for a pleasant, friendly and sustainable workplace. Lardini was one of the first companies in the area to use an energy-saving solar PV system as well as to install pollution filters to help protect the environment.
Unique in the world
“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” once said Virginia Woolf. Which is why Lardini opts for fine fabrics which are open to interpretation.
Prompted by the desire to customise each jacket, Lardini gives each garment new relevance as if it were putting the finishing touches on a canvas. It is driven by the need to breathe life into each one of these “newborn” garments.
Spontaneously elegant, the Lardini man stays true to himself whilst blending a contemporary spirit with a bold character, donning sleekly tailored clothes steeped in Italian sartorial heritage. The lapel flowers on the jackets stand for masculine hedonism and modern romanticism.
The lapel flower, which takes its cues from the pins of the Seventies’ nouvelle vague, has now become an instantly recognisable symbol for Lardini’s classic contemporary style.
Made to measure
Lardini’s bespoke service embodies the high art of tailoring fused with fine Italian manufacturing.
The service is the natural consequence of the outstanding skill that over the past thirty years has come to be associated with this brand from the Italian Marches region.
Upon our customer’s request, our unique values, so inseparable from our peerless heritage, translate into bespoke garments personalised in minute details, thus turning the process into an unmitigated experience of sartorial elegance, the culmination of traditional virtues of tailoring.
First established in 2000, Lardini’s Madeto- Measure service prides itself on being able to custom-make most items belonging to the male wardrobe: formal clothing, casual jackets, coats, trousers and waistcoats. Each single garment is a distillation of unique know-how and, therefore, is a rare and matchless product. It is achieved with a personalisation process which is organised down to the tiniest details and entirely adapted to our customer’s requirements: the customisation process extends to choosing the fabric (from an enormous selection of over 2,000 different types), the inside lining, the buttons (from over 50 different sorts, each one available in an equal number of colour options), the shade of the undercollar (for jackets or coats), the embroidering and the thread colours, buttonholes, not to mention sheer personalisation: including the customer’s name (or initials) on the inner garment and on its clothes-hanger.
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