Spotlight on Tradition: Ermenegildo Zegna

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What makes a really good suit? Is it the design, the color, or the fit? While these are all important, the mark of a high-quality suit starts with high-quality fabric. If you're in the market for a custom suit, demand only the best fabric—demand fabric by Ermenegildo Zegna. Dating back to 1910, Ermenegildo Zegna is one of the most renowned fabric manufacturers in the world and has been synonymous with the finest in menswear from the beginning. Here is a closer look at this spectacular fabric and why an Ermenegildo Zegna custom garment from La Rukico in New York City is the best choice for men interested in finely-tailored, fashion-conscious apparel.

Founding the Lanificio Zegna

Angelo Zegna, a watchmaker by trade, started weaving wool from four looms as a modest business endeavor. Of his 10 children, it was the last, Ermenegildo Zegna, who took over what was to become one of the most prestigious fabric manufacturing businesses in the world. In 1910, at the age of 18, Ermenegildo founded the Lanificio Zegna wool mill in the Alpine foothills near Biella. In his own words, the fabrics he was products had to be "the most beautiful in the world."

An International Vision

Ermenegildo was driven by quality, but he also had an international vision that was ahead of his time. His international vision led to the exportation of fabrics to America in 1938, and by 1945 Zegna fabrics were sold in over 40 countries around the world. By 1947, Zegna's New York City branch employed over 1,000 workers and distributed fabric to the city's most discerning custom tailors and consumers.

Branching Out from Fabric

From the 1960s on, Zegna began to branch out from strictly fabric. Successful launches of accessories, fragrances, eyewear, and leather goods led to the first Zegna boutique in Paris in 1980. Boutiques in Milan, London, China, and New York followed soon after, as well as other fashion capitals around the world. All of this to say that if you want to look your best, trust a fabric manufacturer that has been in the business of high-fashion for over 100 years.