[Sixth Chapter]
The feature of Faliero Sarti

Faliero Sarti has been using for the past few seasons.

The attractiveness and characteristics of Faliero Sarti, whose clients are the world's famous maisons, as well as the feelings felt when visiting the factory in Italy, discoveries and exchanges with Mr. Roberto, the president, will be touched in this chapter.


Raised in Nagasaki Prefecture.

After working as a sports instructor, he founded the brand in 2005.

Patterns and high-quality manufacturing is based on his own experiences and knowledge, attracting the support of core fashion lovers from both Japan and overseas.

"It was especially fun to be alone for a few hours in the room with the valuable archives and to actually discuss the fabrics and designs for new ones."

--- What is the reason you started using Italian fabrics, especially Faliero Sarti fabrics?

Faliero Sarti fabrics are characterized by the high quality of the raw materials of animal hair fibres and the unique ideas and sense of finishing fabrics.

Of course, there are many other textile factories with good and high quality, but I think one of the main reasons why I fell in love with the company was because of the personality of the current president, Mr. Roberto.

When I actually visited the factory in Italy, they sacrificed a lot of their time and taught me many things in detail.

Even though there were and are a lot of bigger clients than us, I was happy that they took the time and discussed small orders for us until we were satisfied, they dealt with our small requests very sincerely.

I even questioned myself, if I was in their position, would I be able to do the same thing they did for me.

--- You mentioned that you visited the factory in Italy, could you tell us how that came into topic?

Originally, they came to our studio to talk about production but during the production meeting, they asked me how other brands made their fabric.

Then, the fabric staff asked me if I would like to see their archive room where they made other brands’s fabric previously.

That was how I got invited to see the archive room.

--- They came directly to the DEVOA studio to have talks?

Ms. Monica, who makes stoles and the president have come to my studio several times.

At that time, we asked them to see what we had in mind and what kind of fabrics we had made in the past. I asked them to look at the actual products as well and asked them about the fabrics they would like to make in the future based on the past design documents.

That's where the sessions and collaborations started.

--- How was the experience visiting the Faliero Sarti factory?

We visited the factory for three days to see all the processes involved in producing the fabric.

I went to the Textiles department, the Stoles department and especially the archive rooms with fabrics from the 1950s.

In the inspection room, we conducted the same strict quality control as the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) standard and we also observed the processing process.

---Were they all in one facility?

That's right.

It's a U-shaped building with all the facilities inside.

I think one longitude of the facility was around 200 metres.

The Jersey weaving machine, the usual schoenherr weaving machine, the Sumizome processing factory, and all the equipment and facilities necessary for each process including inspection are packed, I have seen a lot of fabrics before but it was a very fresh and exciting experience to witness the unique atmosphere and finished fabrics.

The headquarters of Faliero Sarti is located in Plateau, Italy.

Plateau is a textile production area like Bishu in Japan.

In that area, Faliero Sarti is one of the representations of Plateau.

---What was going through your head after the visit to the factory?

I came up with a lot of ideas about fabrics when I was experiencing the processing sites.

It was especially fun to be alone for a few hours in the room with the valuable archives and to actually discuss the fabrics and designs for new ones.

It was an experience that made me understand that many brands, including my friends, designers and other famous companies or brands are looking for their fabrics.

---Did you start producing while referring to what you saw in the archive room?

I arranged what I saw there based on my own sensibility and redesigned the print pattern.

We don't use the same design typically because the raw materials are different from now.

I would change the number of threads and we make them by adding the current processing technology, we don't dig up the archive fabric as it is and make it, but there were a lot of fabrics that were very informative.

I had thought and made a fabric in Japan previously and I brought it to Italy to request them to make some additional changes to it, it was a very exciting experience.

Since this is an expensive fabric, I also tried to proceed with experimental fabrics after doing weaving.

---How long does it take to make the fabrics?

The fabrics usually take around 10 months after making a request.

Therefore, at this stage, we have finished the production request of 2020-21 AW fabrics.

---I heard you went to the Faliero Sarti president's home as well.

While I was visiting the factory, I was invited to Mr. Roberto’s house every day to have lunch.

Mr. Roberto explained to me the paintings he had at home and the items he had obtained in various countries.

I was listening intently as if a child was explaining to me the toys he cherished.

I could clearly see that no matter how big a company he became, he still cares about his children and is passionate about his work and personal life.

For me, it was a moment of hospitality that I could not experience anywhere else, it was truly an experience that one could never buy.

As you can feel the passion and love he has, it reflects to the attractive fabrics he makes.

---It seems like you have also garnered a lot of respect for him.

While continuing to work with other brands and responding to their requests, we are still searching for materials and old looms from all over the world and putting our passion into fabric production more than anyone else.

Mr. Roberto is in his late 70s, but he has been to our studio many times. I think the power to come all the way to Japan at that age is amazing.

Listening to the details I want to make, thinking from the same point of view and dealing with the design of a small brand like ours despite having that high position, it really is an honour and it is something you can't do unless you are really passionate.

I really appreciate that I can produce and using the fabrics he makes.