Tessuti di Sondrio began production way back in the second half of the 1800s, when the Swiss industrialists Spelty and Keller set up a spinning mill in Sondrio to expand their activity in northern Italy.
The oldest existing historical document, dated 1895, records the transaction involving the purchase by the Fossati family, an important textile dynasty of Lombardy, of the establishment intended to provide impetus for their numerous textile activities. The establishment soon developed to the extent that it included weaving, dyeing, finishing and garment assembly sections which enabled the company to offer a vertically integrated product.
In the first half of the 1900s the number of employees reached significant peaks, and in1951 the workers employed in this sector accounted for almost half the total number of workers employed in the manufacturing industry in the Sondrio province.
The major event of the 60s was the company's acquisition by Lanerossi, whereas the end of the 80s is marked by an inflow of capital from the Marzotto Group, the storied international player in the field of high quality fabrics, whose objective was to enhance its offering with the style and tradition of Tessuti di Sondrio.
The entrance on the scene of the Marzotto Group led to the re-organization of the various sections within the group which streamlined production activities and gave fresh impetus to competitiveness and innovation.
With the arrival of the new millennium, the cotton mill acquired Dalsasso's archives, thereby becoming the keeper of precious skills that enable it today to take on new niche markets and create original, sophisticated collections.
True to this history, the town and the Tessuti di Sondrio - Marzotto S.p.A establishment both use the waters from the catchment basin of the nearby Rhaetian Alps – located to the north, along the Italian-Swiss border – which is fed with waters from both surface and underground sources. A cocktail of natural waters, a distinctive and crucial element for each stage of the textile finishing process.