The fabric archive from this wool mill is on display at the Fortezza in an encounter between past, present, future and Made in Italy creativity.

Liverano & Liverano Atelier

The same family has been at the helm of the Vitale Barberis Canonico mill for over 350 years, and they are back this year at Pitti Uomo with event staged at the Polveriera (ex-armoury) of the Fortezza. It is an event dedicated to their historic archives and the collection of special fabrics in 21-micron wool

The exhibition space dedicated to the mill will be subdivided into various areas, each defined by its own theme. On entering the Polveriera the visitor will be captivated by the magic of the Vitale Barberis Canonico archives. The spotlight will be on three historical and important sample ranges, as each of these epitomises the creativity of three different historical periods: 1846-1857, 1930, 1970. Each range unveiled is presented in an interactive form and made to evoke the personality of a unique historical figure: Lord Gordon Lennox, Edward VIII, Gianni Agnelli. The area, equipped with 6 mobile stations, will allow visitors access to the digital archive of Vitale Barberis Canonico. Over 2,500 volumes and 25,000 fabric work sheets are available to visitors for a voyage into the origins of design creativity. The archive is a collection of trends and samples from 1846 up until the present day. It is a legacy that portrays the history of men’s and women’s costume through its sample ranges of fabrics, which come from Italy, France, Britain, Germany and beyond. 
The archive area leads directly into the “Experience” area, where the visitor will be invited to discover the collection of fabrics in the special 21-micron wool fibre – unique to this wool mill. The Designer Corner within this space will be dedicated to a “Fabric testing” experience, where visitors can get a real sense of the quality and characteristics of the fabric. At the same time, the visitor can enjoy the pleasure of creating a personalised dress code with some of the sample ranges to experiment new combinations. The second part of the space is shaped by a digital dimension, where some images can be shared across social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram etc.) and visitors can enjoy an exclusive look at the new official Vitale Barberis Canonico mill website that is making its début on this occasion.
Last but not least, every day, from 5 to 6 pm in front of the Polveriera, the VBC Band will entertain the Pitti public with a repertory that covers the history of rock.
Tradition, innovation and style: the presence of Vitale Barberis Canonico at Pitti Uomo 92 highlights some of the key elements of this company… they await your discovery.