History and Industry

Made in Italy known all over the World

Canepa has been creating textile styles for over fifty years. The company was founded as a silk manufacturer and quickly became a world leader on the high-end market. A hallmark of the Canepa group has always been its ability to look towards the future. Consequently, it has augmented its original business by producing a wide range of supreme quality textiles made from other natural fibres, such as cashmere, wool, cotton, linen and hemp. While expanding its range of products, it has managed to retain the expertise, skill and style which, ever since the beginning, have led the company to excel, always making sure its production remains in Italy. The company is characterised by its ability to combine tradition with innovative processes and an awareness of health and the environment.

Producers of textiles and clothing accessories, a family business 100% Made in Italy

Canepa was founded in 1966, but our roots in the silk industry date back to 1930 when the Canepa family joined the Serica Lombarda Company, which itself was the result of the technical know-how and creative skills of a business that had been operating around the Como area since the early 20th century.

The group is overseen by Elisabetta Canepa, and run by the Canepa and Saibene families. The turnover is 50 million in 2019.

The company has a global presence and has commercial relations with the biggest international retail, sportswear and luxury brands. Furthermore, Canepa also produces textiles for furnishings and owns the brands FiorioLa Rana and Tino Cosma which sell ties, scarves and swimwear.

Safeguarding the planet

Canepa is particularly concerned about the future and the protection of the planet, and accordingly, is guided by this belief in the regions where the company operates.

On that note, Canepa, through the research and development department CanepaEvolution, has created the ‘SAVEtheWATER® - Kitotex®’ project, which – through the use of non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable natural materials, obtained from chitinous matter found in the exoskeletons of arthropods – allows the reduction of water and energy consumption by 95% and enables the significant elimination of pollutants (CNR_Biella certification). The project was developed in Melpignano in the Province of Lecce together with Tessitura del Salento Industriale S.r.l., following a contract agreement with Regione Puglia as part of a job creation drive.

In keeping with its commitment to sustainable fashion, Canepa , has become the first textile company in the world to sign up to the Greenpeace Detox campaign for a transparent fashion supply chain, free of toxic substances.

Canepa is characterized not only by the quality, creativity and eco-sustainability of its fabrics, but also for the seriousness in its commercial and industrial relations. New materials, special designs and new collections are, in fact, the product of the attention to the many needs of its customers, fairness in relations with its employees and the constant and massive investments in research and development.

Production sites

Canepa Sede Centrale

S. Fermo della Battaglia (Co)

41.700 mq


63 looms
11 tricot looms
16 mechanical circular knitting machines
25 inspecting fabric machines
2 bobbin winders
1 twisting machine
3 warping machines

Stil Lurate Caccivio

Lurate Caccivio (Co)


9.200 mq

12 table printing machines
3 steaming machines
2 washing machines
3 single layer stenters
2 finishing machines
3 fabric inspecting machines
13 digital printing

Tessitura del Salento

Melpignano (Le)

31.500 mq


69 jacquard looms
8 dobby looms
3 bobbin winders
4 warping machines
1 sizing machine
3 twisting machines
6 fabric inspecting machines