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The company was founded in 1910 by Ermenegildo Zegna. At the age of 18 he founded the Lanificio Zegna and what was to become one of Italy’s best known and most dynamic family businesses. He had a dream that he would make, in his own words, ‘the most beautiful fabrics in the world'.

By the early 1980s this vision had been realised in a fully vertically-integrated company. Zegna has close control over each part of its supply chain: owning everything from a farm in Australia to mills in Italy, fabric cutting houses in Switzerland through to the boutique stores where its fabrics are sold across the globe. The group has developed and patented multiple fabric treatments including Trofeo, High Performance and Elements.

The mills of Ermenegildo Zegna have avoided the race to make the “finest” cloth with the highest counts (150s,180s). Zegna has maintained that counts are only one of several factors in the feel or wearability of the final cloth. Some of the characteristics of the fibers that Zegna emphasizes are:

  • Fineness – the fineness of the diameter of the fibers, this gives the silky hand associated with superfine wool
  • Length – important to spin the finest and silkiest yarns
  • Strength – for durability and resilience
  • Color – affects the way the fibers will absorb dye
  • Hand or texture – determines the softness and resilience of the resulting cloth
  • Consistency – how alike are all the fibers in their fineness, hand, strength, and color

Ermenegildo Zegna has long been a leader in developing new cloths to fill consumers’ needs. Some of these innovations include:

High Performance
Tindari
Centoventimila
15 milmil 15
Superfine Cashmere
Blends
Trofeo