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Q&A with Canali Representative Peter Schmid

Posted on September 14 2015

  1. What is the inspiration behind the Fall 2015 color story?
Milan in the 1950s was one of the biggest inspirations behind the collection, the grays, whites and blacks – whether in the form of normal or mélange stripes or checks – reflect the more industrial side of this city that was burgeoning at the time. The collection was illuminated by flashes of color – petrol blue and “Canali” yellow – the same yellow that characterize many Milanese buildings, even today.
  1. What is the history of Canali as a brand?
Canali has been a paradigm of tailor-made Italian luxury and men’s elegance for more than 80 years. Since 1934, it has been promoting the values of Made in Italy excellence through its artisanal know-how, creating sartorial masterpieces of exceptional wear ability and comfort in a perfect balance of elements that blends culture and history with style and taste. The Canali Tailoring Principle uses innovation to achieve aesthetic perfection, continuously renewing its styles with a meticulous attention to detail and the use of premium fabrics. A family-run company now in its third generation, Canali is a modern-day design and manufacturing group with its own production centers all located in Italy and more than 1,800 employees worldwide. In addition to its 250 boutiques, a number that continues to grow, the brand can also be found in over 1,000 retail stores in more than 100 countries across the globe.  
  1. From the factory perspective, what makes Canali garments different?
Canali has been synonymous with quality and excellence in the creation of suits that combine craftsmanship and Made in Italy elegance. For Canali, Made in Italy is not just a label, but the result of a longstanding tradition that interweaves culture and history, style and taste, a quest for excellence and respect for professionalism, quality and reliability. It is for this reason that all of our collections are produced directly by Canali-owned production centers throughout Italy, each specializing in the creation of specific product categories. This ensures perfection in every garment, made carefully by highly skilled craftsmen with a taste for the tradition of fine tailoring and premium quality. We only use the finest textiles, choosing them from the best the market has to offer for the interiors, linings and buttons of a Canali suit. Every roll of fabric is examined by expert hands that measure its weight, check each end and evaluate all of its features, examining every inch of the textile to find even the smallest defects. We are constantly dedicated to ensuring perfection and for this reason, all of the elements of our jackets are created internally. Our highly qualified and specialized tailors and seamstresses are involved first hand in the creation of every garment. An artisanal spirit brings together leading edge technology and sophisticated manual skills, the result of sartorial experience and long, continuous training courses that are carried out within the company. This is why for over 80 years, Canali has represented Made in Italy throughout the world and why its Italian identity remains an essential part of its core values. Tradition and experimentation, innovation and experience – these elements come together in the creation of premium quality collections with a timeless style and exquisite Italian taste.   September 15th and 16th, stop by A.K. Rikk's for our Canali Trunk Show. Meet Representative Peter Schmid and understand first-hand the Canali difference.