The “quinternetto delle taglie” (literally a “small, five-page list of sizes”) dates to 1663, and amounts to a particularly significant historical document for the Barberis Canonico family. It describes Ajmo Barbero’s sale of a “saia grisa” to the Duke of Savoia, and is essentially the first official document testifying to the company’s wool mill activities. But that’s not all: the document also describes a mastery of the dyeing process (something not everyone possessed) that was jealously guarded and passed down from father to son.
A new generation took command at the company helm, guiding it into the twenty-first century. Alessandro, Francesco and Lucia continue to run the legendary wool mill today.
2013 marked the 350th anniversary of the company’s wool mill activities, permitting it to become a member of Les Hénokiens, an international association that brings together family-run companies that have been active for at least two centuries. Vitale Barberis Canonico continues to remain true to its origins and, by creatively renewing itself over time, never stops drawing inspiration from its historical archive, a distillation of excellence that inspires the company’s present and future.
VALUES, SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Employee rights are of vital importance at Vitale Barberis Canonico®.
For this reason, the company chose to adopt an Ethics Code aimed at regulating company activities through clear, transparent behavioral norms, in line with respect for the surrounding territory.
All our collaborators participate in training and education programs geared to putting the themes outlined in the Ethics Code into practic
Vitale Barberis Canonico pays close attention to water consumption during its dyeing and finishing processes, as well as quality controls during the finalization of the water depuration treatment.
Once an activity has been completed, part of the water used is depurated and reused, or returned to nature. Another part is directed into a small artificial lake stocked with Koi and goldfish.
In addition to maintaining its own environmental impact levels below the limits set by law, in some cases Vitale Barberis Canonico has adopted solutions designed to eliminate polluting substances altogether. The use of original technological innovations has led to a general reduction in emissions, including outside the company’s facilities.
Development of the company’s properties has always been characterized by long-term attention to the logistics for internal production spaces in an effort to make as minimal an impact on the surrounding territory as possible. The choice to use naked brick walls, paving stones for roads and develop verdant green areas all help render Vitale Barberis Canonico’s presence within the surrounding natural context as elegant and discreet as possible.
The company has always opposed delocalization. It is deeply rooted in its territory, and guarantees numerous families long-term employment opportunities. This reasoned and appropriate approach to work management continues to provide Vitale Barberis Canonico with significant employee loyalty, guaranteeing a unique level of generational continuity.
Vitale Barberis Canonico has designed its work environments in such a way as to eliminate or reduce to a minimum all danger to employees, thanks to the choice of virtuous and highly innovative technologies. Examples include acoustic testing for textile machines which, with the creation of soundproof cabins to house each machine, earned accolades from both Italian and international organizations.