Zegna Suits, Jackets, Shirts, Ties
Zegna - An Enduring Passion for Fabric, Innovation and Quality Since 1910
The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is one of Italy’s most famous family driven enterprises. The world leader in fine men's clothing, founded in 1910, it is now managed by the fourth generation of the Zegna family. As well as producing suits for its own labels, it manufactures suits for some of the worlds finest and exclusive labels.
Over the last century the Zegna business gene and entrepreneurial spirit has been passed down through the generations, ensuring that the name Zegna remains synonymous with pioneers of business. Growth has been possible through shrewd diversification of the Zegna label , which now ranges from Zegna clothing to Zegna accessories, and strategies which have enabled the Ermenegildo Zegna brand to grow successfully throughout the world.
Frewn and Aylward is proud of the fact that they ae one of only three suppliers/stockists of the exclusive Zegna range in Ireland.
Zegna Couture Collection
"Couture" is the pinnacle of the Ermenegildo Zegna tailoring offering, characterised by handmade rich luxurious details and exclusive fabrics. "Sartoria" redefines classical Italian style, with traditional tailoring and contemporary elegance. "Upper Casual" is the sophisticated and chic leisurewear expression of Ermenegildo Zegna.
Zegna Made to measure
Ermenegildo Zegna’s exclusive made-to-measure service makes it possible to produce tailor-made suits, jackets, trousers, coats, shirts and ties, in just a few weeks.
"Zegna Sport" is centred on design and performance, offering a collection of innovative technical products that are sophisticated and highly functional.
"Z Zegna" is designed for a modern man who is looking for an eclectic masculine and fresh style, without forgetting the beauty of the past.
Zegna - Raw Materials
The importance of selecting the best natural fibres directly from the markets of origin, has been the cornerstone of Zegna’s pre-eminence in the luxury fabric market. A positive and fair relationship with the communities, regions and countries was essential for the success and for the constant improvement of fibres. Today Zegna is noted in the world for being one of the most important buyers of the best natural fibres.
Zegna - Choice of Wool
Every year, two billion kilograms of wool are produced worldwide. The most prized variety comes from the fleece of merino sheep that are shorn once a year and their fleeces have fine and very curly fibres, used exclusively for clothing.
The most prestigious wool is called superfine, amounting to a mere 15% of annual production, which comes with an average fineness of less than 19.5 micron (thousandths of a millimetre). Every year, Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna selects and buys the best batches of wool in auctions in Australia.
There are around 20 parameters for classifying wools. The key parameters are fineness, length, cleanness, strength, limited percentage of short fibres, uniformity of length and fineness, colour, absence of impurity, style.
Only one of these is objectively measurable and thus indisputable: fibre fineness
Fineness means the average diameter of the fibre.
The standard unit of measurement is the micron (μ), which is one thousandth of a millimetre.
Zegna - Use and Choice of Mohair
Mohair is the fibre produced by the Angora goat, whose name derives from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, where it has been bred for over 2,000 years. From Turkey the breeding of Angora goats spread as far as Texas, although South Africa is now where the finest quality animals are to be found. South Africa mohair offers outstanding lustre, cleanness and uniformity of fibre and absence of impurity.
Mohair’s main characteristic, apart from its shine, is its resiliency, making it the most crease-proof natural fibre and therefore the most suitable for producing permanent-press clothing.
Mohair is used extensively in both knitted and woven fabric production. Finer fabrics are made of kid mohair, the fibre from the animal’s first clip, which is done in the first six months. These produce the finest and most beautiful batches, with smooth, shiny transparent white fibres between 27 and 30 microns.
Kid mohair is only about 19% of South Africa’s annual production. Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna buys the finer varieties (‹ 27 μ) at the annual auctions and is in fact the world’s biggest purchaser of kid mohair for weaving
Zegna - Use and Choice of Cashmere
Cashmere is a particularly rare and precious fibre. Annual world production of cashmere is only five million kilograms.
Cashmere fibres are obtained from a certain species of goat, commonly known as the Kashmir goat, which is bred in places such Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey and India. But the most beautiful and most prestigious cashmere in the world comes from the highlands of Inner Mongolia, in China, a territory with a very harsh climate. Inner Mongolia Cashmere is outstanding for the fineness of its fibres (14 - 15 μ ), their length and uniformity and for the particularly soft handle they give.
To protect themselves from the cold, Kashmir goats have two coats: one superficial, of bulky hair, and one closer to the body, consisting of a short, fine and very warm down known as duvet. In springtime, shepherds collect the wool manually using special combs with long teeth. The fibres of the two coats are then separated, because only the duvet makes real cashmere.
The alpaca is one of the four species of South American camelides, the others being the llama, the vicuna and the guanaco.
Unlike the vicuña and guanaco that are free-ranging wild animals, the alpaca and llama are domesticated and have lived with men since prehistoric times.
The alpaca comes from Bolivia and even more from Peru, at the highest altitudes of the Andes (4000 - 4700m).
The coat of the alpaca can be black, brownish red, mixed or piebald, or even white. The adult females – which have seasonal pregnancies and a gestation of eleven and a half months – during the rainy season they produce 2.5 kg of wool annually while the male animals produce 4kg.
The farms that raise alpacas are generally operated by
native families that care for their own flocks using traditional methods.
In South America, the vicuña's natural habitat, their fleece is called the "fibre of the gods", a "golden fleece" not dissimilar to the object of Jason's quest, in Greek mythology.
In the Inca civilisation, which started around 1200 A.D., vicuña fabrics were reserved for their kings and the seasonal sheering was a ceremony involving the whole community. Following the Spanish colonization, these animals were hunted so intensively as to greatly reduce their number.
By 1965, they had reached the negative record of only 5000 living specimens, and the Peruvian government took steps to establish natural reserves for this endangered species – offering incentives for the application of new breeding methods on large ranges and prohibiting the sale of vicuña wool. Thanks to this action the species is no longer in danger of extinction.
The Peruvian government has also created an international consortium for the distribution of the vicuña fibres, and two production plants that are a fundamental resource for the population of the Andes. Zegna Group is associated to the consortium that is authorized to distribute vicunas fibres under control of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).
As a family business, Ermenegildo Zegna goes back to the second half of the 19th century. Angelo Zegna a watchmaker by trade, started weaving wool from four looms. Of his ten children it was the last, Ermenegildo born in 1892, who took over what was to become one of Italy’s best known and most dynamic family businesses.
It was the young entrepreneur; Ermenegildo aged 18 that founded the Lanificio Zegna (wool mill) in 1910, in Trivero, in the Alpine foothills near Biella. Ermenegildo began to produce fabrics using four looms. In his own words, these fabrics had to be “the most beautiful in the world.” Today, Zegna fabrics are still one of Italy’s most acclaimed exports, identified internationally by a red seal.
Ermenegildo had an international vision, ahead of his time, to source the best quality natural fibres, directly from their country of origin, innovation in product and in the production process and promotion of the brand. This vision laid the foundations for a fully vertically integrated company and one of Italy’s most acclaimed family driven enterprises.
Before long, Ermenegildo’s strategies proved a success. His international vision led to exportation of fabrics to as far a field as America in 1938, and by 1945 Zegna fabrics were sold in over 40 countries.
Ermenegildo’s brilliant business mind was not limited to his particular industrial field. He understood that the quality he sought for his products couldn’t be separated from a positive relationship with the local territory and the community. He understood that the beauty of the natural environment and people’s well being – and not just that of his own employees – were indispensable for a company aspiring to long term success.
In 1932, Trivero already had a meeting hall, a library, a gym , a cinema/theatre and a public swimming pool. In the space of a few years, he built a medical centre and a nursery school. In the meantime, he was dedicating himself to the local environment and landscape, planting thousands of trees and building the “Panoramica Zegna” road a 14 km route linking Trivero and Bielmonte, a tourist resort 1,500 meters above sea level. Angelo Zegna, current Honorary Chairman of the Group, describes his father’s achievements as: "I see four forces acting throughout my father’s life. First of all, he was born in the right environment to develop his business aptitudes. There were various small firms competing in a small area. Secondly, he was always determined to get the better of his British rivals, by offering creative Italian fabrics with unbeatable quality. The third force was an exceptionally open mind, especially regarding the social welfare of the territory and redistribution of value to workers. Lastly, there was his fundamentally important relationship with nature, his awareness that natural resources are limited and that we must protect them. He was an ecologist long before the term even existed!"
The founder’s sons, Angelo and Aldo, soon learnt the Company’s secrets from their father. They both started working as adolescents while studying.
In the '60s they gradually took over from their father in the management of the Wool Mill.
It was during the third generation of Zegna’s that the full vertical integration of the company was completed, through the launch of ready-to-wear collections and made-to-measure, the internationalization of production and distribution, and with the openings of the first mono-brand stores in Paris and Milan.
In 1968, they opened a factory in Novara, Italy, to produce a collection of sleeve-units and trousers that was immediately a great success, mainly due to the reliability of the fabrics. The two brothers soon started to expand abroad, first in Spain and Switzerland and then practically worldwide. In the meantime, they diversified production to include accessories and sportswear.
1972 saw the launch of the Made to Measure service. Following in the footsteps of their father, Aldo and Angelo completed the creation of the Panoramica Zegna, a 14km road which linked Trivero with Bielmonte, in the Italian Alps. Understanding that the welfare of the workers was of high importance, they built a residential housing estate in 1963, and ski resort alongside further residential housing in Bielmonte in 1965.
The fame of Zegna fabrics continued to grow, even in a difficult period like the second world war. High quality, in fact, enabled tailors to remake the suit by turning inside-out the fabric. Customers could thus get a “second life” out of their wardrobe.
The company has focused on retailing, pioneering early entry in emerging luxury markets. Zegna was the first luxury mens brand to open a fully owned store in China (Beijing 1991): Greater China is now the biggest market for the Zegna brand worldwide with over 70 point of sales across the region. Today worldwide there are 555 Ermenegildo Zegna points of sale in over 80 countries, of which 311 are direct operating stores. In 2002, Zegna took over the Longhi brand, the luxury leather apparel manufacturers, later in the same year, a joint-venture – ZeFer – with Salvatore Ferragamo Group was established, to develop a global scale footwear and leather goods business.