Italy's Best Mills Get Ready For Milano Unica Debut In New York


Benjamin Fitzgerald

'Made In Italy' materials are set to star at this year's premier Milano Unica tradeshow in New York.


'Made In Italy' materials are set to star at this year's premier Milano Unica tradeshow in New York. From July 20 through 22, the very best in Italian textiles and accessories will showcase at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Some 80 exhibitors will present their Fall/Winter 2016-2017 collections to an invitation-only group of buyers, specifically chosen by Milano Unica.


The New York Milano Unica follows Milano Unica Precollezioni, a first-look at upcoming winter collections, which was held at Milan’s Fieramilanocity space from July 1 to 3. On at the same time was Anteprima by Lineapelle, the leather goods and accessories tradeshow.

It's a significant feat for the textile tradeshow, to showcase - in both Italy and Americas - and in the same month. To make it all happen, Milano Unica has partnered with the Italian Trade Commission, and the Agency for foreign trade and promotion with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Sistema Moda Italia. It's a big team with huge economic support, especially with business partnerships with companies such as Woolmark.

Milano Unica president Silvio Albini told WWD that the correlation demonstrated “the confidence with which the textiles and accessories sector intends to take on the challenges” of a changing international scene, both in terms of consumption and manufacturing patterns.

“In this effort, we are not alone, but are supported greatly by the Italian government, which — in particular thanks to the initiative of vice minister for economic development Carlo Calenda — has clearly understood the strategic importance of [Italian manufacturing] for the country’s recovery and development,” Albini told WWD.


Proposte is an Italian fabric mill that specializes in block silks and silk jacquards in blends of cotton, wool and viscose. Designing everything in-house, the firm - founded in 1999, employ a skilled team of designers, weavers and dyers; releasing two seasonal collections a year based on current trends in the fashion industry.

The Lipomo-based manufacturer is recognized in Italy for its range of colors, textures, and intricate patterns. Everything from silk blend taffetas to stretch and novelty fabrics are redefined here, providing creatives with one-of-a kind fabrics released in limited edition sets.


Based in Biella, Italy Telerie D’Art offers a unique fabric concept. Metallic threads are carved into the textile warp, using cooper, gold, silver, and palladium. When placed with more traditional cotton, linen and wool, the solution obtains a highly-visual look.The smoothness and softness of the classic fibres still remain, but are embellished by similar colors and glossy with the inclusion of metal fibers.

Sourcing from the baby yaks and goats that feed off the Tibetan Plateau, Myak is a luxury yak wool producer. Manufacturing takes place in Italy, weaving their textiles in the hometown of Biella. Yak fiber is fast becoming an alternative to cashmere for its superior softness and warmth.

Proposte, Telerie D'Art and Myak have their latest collections on Le Souk, which are available for purchase now.