Creating together, side by side. since 1925 main aim of our job is to make the simple daily gesture to choose a special shirt a genuine pleasure, refreshed every day.

Creating together, side by side. Since 1925 main aim of our job is to make the simple daily gesture to choose a special shirt a genuine pleasure, refreshed every day. Creativity, dedication to the product and customer service are characteristics that cannot be improvised. The story of C. Tessile S.p.a. started over 80 years ago, in 1925, when the company was set up as part of the silk industry in the Como area. The first generational change took place in the Sixties. The outstanding experience acquired in working with a precious and luxury fibre like silk together with the tenacity and laboriously bard work that are typical of the genuine Como entrepreneurship led the family to abandon the silk sector for cotton in the Sixties. This proved to be an inspired decision since the fabrics, in the following years, began to be exported to German and French markets. At the end of the Eighties, the offices were moved to the current location in Guanzate and the second generational change took place. The business received new impetus with the purchase of cutting edge machines and the installation of new semiautomatic warehouse. Today, thanks to its passion for work, dynamism, constant innovation and creativity, the company is one of the leading reference brands in the sector of high quality shirting fabrics. Canclini has reached its current position as a reference point for quality, styling, service, research and innovation in the production of Italian shirting because its inherent passion has permitted it to achieve a dream. In a sector subject to increasingly rapid change and variations in style, Canclini has set itself certain objectives for the future.
A history of responsibility all round. Ethics, quality and the latest trends come together in the new SS 2021 and Blue 1925 proposals. To be responsibly in step with the times. This is the mantra guiding the evolution of Canclini 1925 new interpretations for spring-summer 2021, along with the new proposals developed for the Blue 1925 line. A research and development path which is more and more mindful to sustainable innovation: starting from raw materials selection, to energy impact, to the reaching of social accountability. Sustainable fibers such as Tencel™ and Cupro, organic cotton and linen, are protagonists in the new collections. The main Canclini 1925 new SS 2021 proposal also features two important novelties: the Per Lei line, offering sophisticated fabrics with a totally female allure, and the Beachwear range, empowering the global offer with colored and cheerful fabrics unveiling a clear summertime mood. In the spotlight there is also the renewed Blue 1925 collection, dedicated to denim and more, which proposes a wide and heterogeneous set of concepts to develop customized and creative projects, suitable for all kind of outfits.
To Canclini the term Philosophy means awareness, responsibility and respect, not only in terms of production processes but also in terms of utilization of natural resources. This commitment is shared with all of those who work in our various locations and everyone in the textile supply chain. Our fabrics conform to the quality standards required by the market exhibiting OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, ensuring the lack of any dangerous chemical substances for the human health. For this reason, the certification provides the end-user with truthfulness and guarantees regarding their human-ecological quality. The quality of our products are also confirmed by the selection of excellent raw materials. The wide knowledge and the constant research of innovative materials, guarantee Canclini to purchase excellent materials for the realization of its stylish fabrics. New market paradigms and sustainable imperatives represent other interesting topics for Canclini. The sustainable and circular supply chain development imperatives are affirmed strongly as necessary rules to be followed by companies in order to innovate the old and linear structure of textile industries. These aspects deeply interest the company, pushed by the desire to be fully part of this radical innovation. Thanks to the partnership with, the company is now participating in the transition from a linear to a circular business model in the textile industry. With this collaboration the company supports the realization of a transparent fashion supply chain. Moreover, Canclini’s Family is aware of its environmental footprint. The company chooses environmental friendly solutions starting from energy and packaging. The Company chooses renewable sources of energy installing solar panels that assist the normal requests of energy enabling it to support the normal company’s activities. Sustainable choices interest also packaging and materials used for deliveries. These are some of the solutions implemented by the company in order to strengthen its commitment for the environment and moving to a more circular performance. Canclini’s philosophy has always included the social dimension with the founding and running of the "Un Sorriso in più” (“An extra smile") association. This is a non-profit organization that implements projects such as assistance to old people in rest homes who have no family ties, support to juveniles in difficult family situations and distance adoption of children. In adopting these objectives, the association emphasizes the importance of quality of life, setting itself ethical objectives – development, progress, protection of the individual against abuse, exploitation and manipulation. The company also supports educational projects, being active and available to spread knowledge and technical information about textile to primary schools and fashion institutes, with whom constantly collaborate.
GOTS: The certification, according to the Global Organic Textile Standard, is issued by the Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification (ICEA), and defines a textile product as "Organic". GOTS refers to an international standard used for certification of natural fibers, which includes ecological and social criteria. It has been developed by leading international organizations in organic agriculture in order to guarantee the consumer that organic textiles are produced in compliance with strict environmental and social criteria applied at all levels of production cycle: from the harvest of natural fibers to the following manufacturing phases, up to the labeling of the finished product. Raw materials, semi-finished products and final textile products must not contain any type of toxic or harmful substances; the use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, nano-functional particles, GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) and other enzymes, azo-dyes, pesticides and fertilizers, is prohibited. All operators must comply with an environmental protection policy with precise objectives and procedures aimed at minimizing consumption and discharges. The wastewater of all wet processing units must be treated through a functional water treatment plant. All producers and those taking part in the processing phases must meet the minimum social requirements, as established in the fundamental standards of the International Labor Organization. Canclini Bio fabrics are 100% organic certified according to GOTS standards and have the following characteristics: - The organic yarn purchased from certified GOTS producers. - The raw yarn is dyed in GOTS certified dyers, using chemical products in accordance with the regulations imposed by the GOTS standard. - The weaving and finishing phases take place in establishments that have obtained the GOTS certification, which machines are used for biological fabrics only, so that no contamination takes place. - In the transport phases, both the yarn and the biological fabric are insulated with a special packaging to avoid external contamination. Before and after processing, the GOTS product is stored in appropriate areas for organic use. Companies with GOTS certification, such as Canclini, are controlled annually, in addition to being subjected to spontaneous checks. And this is the reason why GOTS meets the most severe criteria when it comes to natural fibers. The production of natural cotton and its processing have proven benefits both on man and on the environment.

SUPIMA COTTON: The Pima cotton "Gossypium barbadense" is classified as ELS (extra-long staples) has a very high fiber length, 35mm, thanks to the ideal conditions of cultivation. This characteristic makes it highly appreciated for its extraordinary softness, intense shine and its formidable resistance to wear and pilling. Supima is grown in the southern United States of America, in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California. Important above all the absence 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 Supima Association which checks all the production process levels. SUPIMA is in fact a registered trademark that identifies the American cotton brand Pima, the most prestigious ELS cotton in the world. Founded in 1954, Supima was formed in El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to mark and promote Supima cotton. The name Supima derives from a mixture of the words "Superior" and "Pima". Canclini has this mark and licensee.

OEKO-TEX: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent international control and certification system for raw materials, semi-finished and finished products in the textile sector at every level of processing, as well as for the accessory materials used. Since 1992, the main purpose of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is the development of verification criteria, limit values and test methodologies on a scientific basis. Thanks to its ten-years experience, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® helps to ensure a high and effective product safety from the point of view of the consumer. The verification criteria and the limit values are far more demanding than the valid national and international parameters. In-depth product audits and periodic company audits also make it possible to sensitize the industry to the responsible use of chemicals in the long term and on a global scale. This concept has for many years played a dominant role in the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. The OEKO-TEX® controls of toxic substances are mainly designed considering the intended use of fabrics and materials. The more intense the contact of a product with the skin, the more sensitive it is, the more strict human-ecological requirements to be met. Canclini obtained OEKO-TEX® certification Product class II: articles used in contact with the skin (shirts, underwear, bed linen, t-shirts, socks, etc.)

BCI: The Better Cotton Initiative is an association created to make the global production of cotton better for the people who produce it, better for the environment in which it grows and for the future of the sector, developing Better Cotton as a main sustainable product. BCI is an association formed by producers, intermediaries and non-profit groups operating in USA, Pakistan, India, Brazil and Africa. This is an activity that involves 10 million people only in Africa; realizing projects directly with farmers and farmers has allowed to reduce the use of water and pesticides in percentages between 30 and 50. It is therefore a cooperation experiment along the production chain, from upstream to downstream, whose pivot it is the direct work with the peasants. "There are millions of farmers around the world who can significantly improve their cultivation processes," says Lise Melvin, BCI executive director. "We want the exploitation of the land to be sustainable and to allow cotton growers to continue their activities in the future, at the same level as today". The Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund makes strategic investments in Better Cotton projects, supports and invests in innovations, while promoting the adoption of the Better Cotton Standard System by governments, trade associations and other entities. Canclini has decided to adhere also to this philosophy that has as its motto: Be part of something better!

Global Recycle Standard (GRS), certifies products obtained from recycled materials and manufacturing activities. It enhances products made with recycled materials, in compliance with environmental and social criteria extended to all stages of the production chain. Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is promoted by Textile Exchange, one of the most important no-profit organization that promotes international responsible and sustainable development in the textile industry. With this standard, Textile Exchange acknowledges the crucial importance of recycling for the growth of a sustainable production and consumption model; it aims to encourage the reduction of resource consumption (virgin raw materials, water and energy) and to increase the quality of recycled products. GRS provides for the issue of an environmental statement verified by ICEA to provide evidence of the content of recycled materials in their products (both intermediate and finished) and the compliance with environmental and social criteria in all sectors of the production chain. All products that are composed of at least 20% pre-consumer and post-consumer recycling materials can be GRS certified. Material recycling means "material that has been reworked from material recovered or recycled through a manufacturing process and transformed into a final product or component to be incorporated into a product". It is divided into "post-consumer" and "pre-consumer" material. The “post-consumer” material is a material recycled by households or by commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product that can no longer be used for its intended purpose, e.g. PET bottles. The “pre-consumer” material is a material recovered from the waste stream during the manufacturing process.

Lenzing, realizes botanical cellulose fibers, a natural wood’s component, suitable for textiles use. In order to cope with the continuous raise of population, as frequently predicted, Lenzing realizes botanic fibers, such as Lyocell or TENCEL™ composed by cellulose of Eucalyptus trees from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified firms. These fibers are adopted for the making of textiles, home fabrics and other textile components. The Lyocell and Modal fibres come from wood’s pulp and vegetal origin fibres. Currently, the LENZING™ fibres utilized in Canclini’s production processes is the TENCEL™, updated every two years. These fibers come from Eucalyptus tree’s cellulose with softness, comfort and breathability characteristics, perfect and ideal for the shirt segment.




This is the creative driving force of the company. An antenna aimed at the world, capable of receiving and interpreting the suggestions produced by art, by music, nature, architecture and lifestyles, eavesdropping on all the ways in which people today interpret and live reality. The style office also interfaces to the most important international companies, making its experience and creativeness available to our customers, studying exclusive proposals and guaranteeing originality.


This is the creative driving force of the company. An antenna aimed at the world, capable of receiving and interpreting the suggestions produced by art, by music, nature, architecture and lifestyles, eavesdropping on all the ways in which people today interpret and live reality. The style office also interfaces to the most important international companies, making its experience and creativeness available to our customers, studying exclusive proposals and guaranteeing originality.


Constant attention to the market and to new trends leads to fresh and unexpected interpreting of the new SS 2021 season. Two novel proposals designed to encompass new worlds and products. This is how the Per Lei and Beachwear lines originated. Per Lei includes stylish fabrics with a totally female allure; the Beachwear line, instead, is characterised by colourful and cheerful suggestions, with a clear summer mood, based on appropriate foundations.


Tradition, history, culture

I Continuativi is our collection of classics and not only, which are always in stock with as many as one thousand variants. History, culture, art and the search for a timeless style: I Continuativi thus bring to the fore the entire true Canclini 1925 esprit, fully reflecting the extent of our effort and summing up the elements which tell of our family’s great passions.

This range is included in two cases which actually constitute our historical archive; it is a real jewel preserving and storing the memory of a textile product which tells about one century in business.



Cotton plants average height is one hundred twenty centimetres. Planting occurs between October and December, harvesting between March and June. Cotton flowers are a pale-yellow colour, can reach a diameter of five centimetres and require about seventy days to grow. Cotton is cultivated in particular areas of the world: its growth requires specific humidity and temperatures. Cotton fibres are classified according to their colour, their brightness and their softness. Moreover, cotton is also classified for fibres length. In fact, the longer the fibres, the thinner the yarn, essential requirement in shirting.

From 60/1 to 300/2, going through 80/1 compact : the choice among the best yarns is a crucial moment, then for this reason we only purchase the best cottons in the world, both in quality and innovation terms. We pay high attention to the proper spinning phase, because only a precise combing and torsion can create those paramount yarns able to give us the best color appeal, the perfect quality of white and a particular pleasantness of touch. The yarns purchased are electronically checked in order to eliminate all imperfections and contaminations and they are made ready for the yarn dyeing phase.

The cones are dyed in the selected colors, with machineries able to support the different yarns quantities and, once dyed, they are carefully checked in order to verify the correct shade.

Since ever, we perform with the most precise attention and the highest mastery the warping phase, which is needed to make the yarns parallel and put them on the beam: we believe that this is a crucial point in order to make later on a flawless weaving. We use warping machines selected among the state of the art devices, but also warping machines for short meters, called drum sample warping machines.

The weaving is the art of building a fabric: it is the result of mixing of warp yarns with weft yarns. We use more than one hundred and ten proprietary looms, all cutting edge generation, besides those belonging to our own historical partners. They are rapier looms and jacquard looms, in order to allow us to meet the uttermost level of market complexity. Since ever, we melt tradition and modernity, thanks to the use of highly technological machines and highly qualified personnel; we also have conscientious procedures aimed to complete a rigorous control of each single meter of grey fabric before it gets through the finishing.

Just like weaving is the hearth of fabrics, finishing is its soul! Through the finishing, indeed, personality and shine are added to the fabric. This result is reached with the bleaching and mercerizing, with the first process it is reached the desired shade of white, while the second modifies the cotton particle, giving it its own special shine. Beside all this, we make all those operations that can be done on a fabric in order to improve its appearance, its touch and its characteristics. These phases, called, finishing, can be for example raising, brushing or chintzing; on the base of the need, there are also special easy care or no iron treatments. We believe this to be a very delicate and complex phase, then we have chosen a deep and close collaboration with our finishing in order to assure the best results.

The latest control is done on the finished fabrics internally by the quality laboratory, given that quality is one of our paramount values.

Once the fabrics have been checked, they are totally automatically packed . Fabrics are now sent to the warehouse. Every single fabric is identified by a label where, among various information, such as article name and meters length, a univocal alphanumeric code is printed. When a fabrics is purchased, the warehouseman takes it off from the shelf and, with a palmtop, verifies that the right item has been selected. This system guarantees the delivery of the correct fabric to the client and an efficient warehouse management.

Once the needed fabric has been selected, the meters ordered are cut. To make sure that the measurement is correct and to guarantee an high-quality service, the beginning and the end of fabrics are stamped , namely both extremes and the number of meters is automatically counted. The measured fabric is labelled and boxed. Next phase is then delivery.

Trend research is the first step to evaluate the street to go, which yarns to select, which colors to choose, for which graphics and for which constructions. A research which goes beyond fashion, because it looks at the world all over around: with an expert eye we watch the catwalks, but also shops and small open markets; we observe cool hunters and the most popular blogs, but also common people; we study the different innovations and tendencies also in art, cooking, cinema….in one word, only a particular sensibility for this all allows us to draw the guidelines of our collections.

We study the structure of new fabrics, we design the graphics of different articles and we create the colors shades. All this not only for the seasonal collections, but also and foremost for the exclusives of single clients; a team working involving our style department, the sales force and the designers of the fashion brands and maison, which allow the making of original fabrics, studied especially for them.

Since several years we have broadened our offer, studying special fabrics, such as velvets, air-tex, jersey, piquet or plissè, which require specific manufacturing and finishing. We also have printed and coated fabrics, which are specifically prepared during the finishing phase to undergo the next manufacturing process. More precisely, the printing can be traditional printing (with cylinders), including etching “lexus” as well, in order to have the shirting classic designs, or inkjet, for the most complex and colored graphics. We study all over designs, but also engineered or pannels on the base of the different requirements. Last but not least, we can arrange traditional printing and discharge printing, and pigment printing as well, in order to have double effects that gives a very particular characteristics.






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People throughout history have always considered weaving to be an expression of their own particular culture. The ancient movements of interweaving the warp and the weft conceal a culture, an ethos, imagination, enthusiasm, optimism: the myriads of different ways in which people express themselves. Canclini has decided to promote and support cultural activities linked to this sector because creating a fabric is like entering a culture, a world of relationships, poetry, human creativeness.
For Canclini, collecting ancient and modern artefacts is a concrete way of keeping this memory alive.


Canclini’s passion for textiles is also evident in its support for initiatives linked to fashion and design schools in general. Canclini has been collaborating for several years with the IED and Marangoni Institutes in Milan and with certain British schools like the Central Saint Martin’s School. This collaboration permits the students to express themselves freely and come into contact with a dynamic pro-active company, while the company has the possibility of experimenting with new sources of inspiration and nourishing a hotbed of talents.

Canclini signed a partnership with Villa Carlotta. The project, began in 2019, will last three years and its main aim is to present to the public a selection of artworks from Canclini Collection, artworks highlighting in a simple and evocative way the extraordinary versatility of the fabric, essential part of everyone’s life.





We are present in the most prestigious trade publications:

View China, Journal du textile, International Textile, Textilewirtschaft, Textile View, Fashion, Class, Noticiero Textile, Senken Shimbun, WWD.


We will be present at:

The London Textile Fair:
15th-16th January 2020
Munich Fabric Start
3rd-5th September 2020
Milano Unica
4th-6th February 2020
Première Vision
11th-13th February 2020
STIB Barcelona
18th-19th February 2020
Milano Unica Shanghai
11th-13th March 2020
JITAC Tokyo Forum
20th-22th October 2020
NACKA - Stockholm
22th – 23th January 2020

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