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Well-established Italian manufacturer of quality knitwear seeks partners for private label production or distribution

Country of origin:
Country: 
ITALY
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOIT20200507003
Published
08/05/2020
Last update
28/05/2020
Expiration date
29/05/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Clothing and shoe stores
Clothing, shoes and accessories (including jewellery)
Home furnishing and housewares
Manufacture of other knitted and crocheted apparel
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Summary

Summary: 
An SME in its 60th year of business specialises in knitwear and knitted household goods. All phases of production, from prototyping to sewing and finishing are carried out in the company’s plant in central Italy. All techniques are offered, including fully fashioning, jacquard and intarsia, with certified fibre yarns. Partners are sought for a distribution services agreement. The company also offers its expertise for private label production through an outsourcing agreement.

Description

Description: 

The family-owned company has been producing Italian-designed knitwear for 60 years, in its own facilities. In addition to knitwear for babies, children and adults, the company produces household items like blankets, throws and pillow-covers.

The company produces in gauges 3-5-7-12-14-18 in fully fashioned (shaped through knitting, not cutting/sewing), jacquard (i.e. with a pattern knitted into it) and intarsia (using multiple colours) techniques.

The company use natural fibres (cashmere, wool, silk, mohair, cotton, linen, viscose), blends, green, recycled and eco-yarns. All materials are certified: Global Organic Textile (GOT), OEKO-TEX (a certification that textile products have undergone laboratory testing for a wide range of harmful substances, and that the content of those substances remains below the limit values established by the Oeko-Tex Association), REACH (an EU chemical control regulation, acronym for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The company is already involved in export activities and seeks to expand its international market with distribution partnerships in other countries; such partners should be knowledgeable about the clothing or housewares market and have contacts of retailers of quality clothing for men, women and/or children (such as department stores and specialty shops).

The company also offers its expertise in knitted goods for private-label manufacturing, custom-designed and produced to the specifications of retail or wholesale partners, through an outsourcing agreement.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Only certified yarns are used: Global Organic Textile (GOT), OEKO-TEX, REACH, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). All phases of production, from prototyping to finishing, are carried out in the company's own facilities.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The company produces in gauges 3-5-7-12-14-18 in fully fashioned, jacquard and intarsia techniques. It uses natural yarns, like cashmere, wool, silk, mohair, cotton, linen, viscose; stretch yarns, blend yarns, green yarns, eco yarns, recycled yarns. The production capacity varies from about 500 to 3,000 pieces per week according to the complexity of the manufacturing technique.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Two kinds of agreements are sought: Distribution services agreement to establish distribution partners in countries outside Italy. The goal is to expand its export activities, reaching consumers interested in quality-crafted knitwear and home goods. The distributor should have market knowledge and contacts with sales channels. Outsourcing agreement: the company will use its in-house expertise and facilities to design and manufacture knitted goods to the partner's specifications, for that partner's own stores, brands or other distribution channels.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500