Behind the Scenes

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Behind the Scenes.

Success story from 1663 to today.

Why HILTL counts on Vitale Barberis Canonico.

A BRAND WITH A CLAIM LIKE HILTL’S relies on partners who go to work with the same enthusiasm. Such as fabric manufacturer Vitale Barberis Canonico, from whom HILTL receives numerous fabrics for their trousers. Already the visions of both partners fit perfectly together: HILTL’s aim is to produce the best trousers in the world; Vitale Barberis Canonico’s goal is to produce the best possible wool fabrics. In order to reach this, the Italian producer of noble textiles pledged to implement a code of ethics.

More for the environment, more for the farmer

This code includes, amongst other things, that the Italians who live to the North of Milan and Turin, close to the Swiss border, voluntarily stay below the maximum values set for air and water protection.

Also included is trustworthy interactions with suppliers of high-quality wool. Due to the fact that the market rarely appreciates the efforts of the wool farmers to produce the finest quality – and this aspiration doesn’t pay off – Vitale Barberis Canonico decided to pay these farmers above market prices and offer longlasting contracts to ensure a basis for high-quality work. Wool Excellence Worth mentioning in this context is the

Wool Excellence

Award, brought to life by Vitale Barberis Canonico, which awards special excellence in wool production.

Last but not least, the Exclusive Club built a community of wool farmers, who aim for better communication with each other and loyal teamwork.

Vitale Barberis Canonico

Vitale Barberis Canonico

Vitale Barberis Canonico


1663 - The first proof of wool production of Vitale Barberis Canonico go back to the year 1663. Aimo Barberi, whose factory was able to master the rare art of dyeing, already delivers his fine wool to the Duke of Savoy.

1770 - Giovanni Antonio and Giuseppe, Aimo Antonio’s sons, are awarded the contract as military suppliers for the royal troops.

1868 - In the middle of the 19th century the Industrial Revolution takes place, and Giovanni Barberis equips his factory with mechanical weaving looms. 1908 With the beginning of electricity, the whole production cycle – such as spinning, weaving and dyeing – takes place in the factory of the Barberis family.

1915 - Just a few years later, Vitale Barberis Canonico exports fine wool cloth to the USA, China and India.

1929 - Substance pays off: the rise of the factory is unstoppable, even in times of crisis in the world economy.

1947 - After the end of the Second World War, when lack of resources and manpower as well as missing parts caused limited entrepreneurial independence, Vitale Barberis Canonico takes some important strategic actions for the future.

1970 - The sons Luciano and Alberto take over the company, turning exports into the most important pillar and finally launching the company on the stock exchange.


Picture above - 2008: The new generation takes over management: Francesco, Alessandro and Lucia are now at the helm.
Picture middle - BARBERIS und HILTL are united by the same principles: Excellence is achieved when good taste, good working techniques and experience, bring out the qualities of the raw materials to the same high standards.
Picture below - A glimpse into the colour laboratory shows Vitale Barberis Canonico is one of the last fully integrated producers who spin the yarn themselves in-house.

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